SPENCER - The fast-improving Cherokee Braves wrestlers split a tough Lakes Conference double dual here Thursday night, falling to host Spencer 60-24 in the opener, and then subduing Estherville-LC 36-33 in a close match in the nightcap.
Cherokee's Tyler Halverson, undefeated and the state's Class 2A top-ranked 130 pounder, won both his matches by fall, while Nick Loughlin at 152 pounds, and Charlie Ganger at 160 also won matches by fall.
"Spencer has a tough team this season," noted Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "We gave up pins in all the matches that we lost to them."
"We matched up better with E-LC. We knew it would come down to the wire. Pat Loughlin had a giant pin at 145 that made a huge difference in the match. Tyler added another fall to bring his fall total for the year to 11."
In JV action for the Braves, Dace Trent at 160, and Pat Loughlin at 145, and Cutter Carlson at 145, each won by fall, and Dillon Devitt won by decision at 189.
The Braves travel to Holstein Thursday night for a neighborhood double dual with Aurelia-Galva-Holstein, and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn.
S 60, C 24
103 - Brock Strom, S, won by forfeit.
112 - Ryan Edwardson, S, won by forfeit.
119 - Evan Quail, S, won by forfeit.
125 - Aric Sievers, S, won by forfeit.
130 - Tyler Halverson, C, pinned Matt Wilkerson 1:51.
135 - Justin Hargrave, S, pinned Derik Smith 1:24.
140 - Dallas Boisen, S, pinned Gordy Gill :39.
145 - John Bedlin, S, pinned Cutter Carlson :30.
152 - Nick Loughlin, C, pinned Jacob Zobrist 1:52.
160 - Charlie Ganger, C, pinned Peter Buchan 4:56.
171 - Sean Elliott, S, pinned Greg Miller :43.
189 - Tyler Kacmarynski, S, pinned Peter Conley 3:05.
215 - Tim Jones, C, won by forfeit.
Hwt - Casey Muessingmann, S, pinned Nick Keith 1:08.
C 36, ELC 33
103 - Open.
112 - Brice Sifrit, ELC, won by forfeit.
119 - Open.
125 - Joel Christensen, ELC, won by forfeit.
130 - Halverson, C, pinned Ryan Kaltved 1:58.
135 - Smith, C, won by forfeit.
140 - Calvin Conley, C, won by forfeit.
145 - Pat Loughlin, C, pinned Cory Weets 2:24.
152 - Nick Loughlin, C, won by forfeit.
160 - Ganger, C, won by forfeit.
171 - Trevor Olson, ELC, pinned Tyler Lundsgaard :50.
189 - Davin Clabaugh, ELC, pinned Peter Conley 4:31.
215 - Spencer Schichtl, ELC, beat Jones 4-2.
Hwt - Zachary Iverson, ELC, pinned Keith 3:29.