By Paul Struck
The youthful Cherokee Braves split two rugged wrestling duals with acclaimed Lakes Conference foes here Thursday night, falling hard 65-9 to Lakes favorite Spirit Lake Park, and rebounding with a 42-38 victory over Le Mars.
Six Braves won a match by fall, including Tyler Halverson at 130 pounds, Calvin Conley at 135, Pat Loughlin at 145, Peter Conley at 189, Tim Jones at 215, and Nick Keith at 285.
The undefeated Halverson (by fall) and Charlie Ganger (decision) were the only two winners for Cherokee against the SLP juggernaut. Young Cherokee features three freshmen and two sophomores in its starting varsity lineup.
In JV action for Cherokee, Steve Veit pinned Shea Heinrichs of SLP in 1:56, and Tyler Lundsgaard pinned Nick Schultze in 1:37.
The varsity Braves competed without two-time state qualifier Nick Loughlin, a junior who's out with an ankle injury.
"Spirit Lake Park is again one of the better teams in the Lakes Conference," noted Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "We gave up too many falls to be competive against them.
"We matched up well with Le Mars. We figured this one would be close. It is hard having three open weights (opponents get 18 'free' points). The team rose to the challenge, though, coming through with five falls. It was great to get a win in the Lakes Conference."
SLP 65, C 9
103 - Adam Simpson, SLP, beat Weston Burkhardt 5-2.
112 - Derek Miner, SLP, won by forfeit.
119 - Dillon Miner, SLP, won by forfeit.
125 - Grant Willard, SLP, won by forfeit.
130 - Tyler Halverson, C, pinned Brendan Fitzgibbons, 2:29.
135 - Nolan Grieves, SLP, pinned Calvin Conley, 3:35.
140 - Jacob Johnson, SLP, pinned Gordy Gill, 1:33.
145 - Ethan McCarty, SLP, pinned Pat Loughlin, 4:49.
152 - Mike Sandy, SLP, beat Luke Pearson 19-4.
160 - Charllie Ganger, C, beat Tony Koth 4-0.
171 - Max Stammer, SLP, pinned Greg Miller, 2:52.
189 - Brad Engel, SLP, pinned Peter Conley, 3:28.
215 - Alex Will, SLP, beat Tim Jones 6-1.
Hwt - Nick Joens, SLP, pinned Nick Keith, :34.
C 42, L 38
103 - Burkhardt, C, won by forfeit.
112 - Matt DeBoer, L, won by forfeit.
119 - Drew Lindsey, L, won by forfeit.
125 - Anthony Shimek, L, won by forfeit.
130 - Halverson, C, won by forfeit.
135 - Calvin Conley, C, pinned Jimmy Squibb, 5:06.
140 - Jacob Shearer, L, pinned Gill, 5:07.
145 - Loughlin, C, pinned Matt Schultze, 3:25.
152 - Corey Hoffman, L, beat Pearson 20-4.
160 - Mitch Schultze, L, beat Ganger 7-2.
171 - David Lindsey, L, pinned Tyler Lundsgaard, :38.
189 - Peter Conley, C, pinned Kyle Jester, :29.
215 - Jones, C, pinned Andrew Pritchard, 3:54.
Hwt - Keith, C, pinned Jared Meis, :50.