SPENCER - Undefeated Tyler Halverson of Cherokee pinned all three foes on his way to his fourth consecutive Lakes Conference championship here Friday night.
Halverson, now 34-0 this season (23 falls) and ranked #1 in Class 2A at 130 pounds, won the Lakes championship at 103 pounds as a freshman and sophomore, and won at 119 last season. He is the only Cherokee wrestler in history to win four Lakes crowns.
Two other Braves wrestled tough throughout the rugged competition to finish second, including Nick Loughlin at 152 pounds, and Tim Jones at 215.
Peter Conley placed fourth at 189, while Calvin Conley (135), Steve Veit (140), Patrick Loughlin (145), and Tyler Lundsgaard (171) each finished sixth.
Halverson pinned Ryan Kaltved of Estherville-LC in 1:57, Patrick Higgins of Storm lake in 1:28, and Brendan Fitzibbon of Spirit Lake Park in 3:58 for his title.
Nick Loughlin pinned Tyler Buys of Hull Western Christian in 1:44, beat Corey Hoffman of Le Mars 10-0, and lost 5-2 to Ryan Joynt of Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted in the finals at 152.
Jones pinned Jason Hengeveld of HWC in 3:25, pinned Adam Leuer of E-AR in 3:09, and lost a heart-breaking 4-2 verdict in overtime to Tyler Kacmarynski of Spencer in the finals at 215.
Peter Conley pinned Kyle Jester of Le Mars in 2:22, was pinned by Brad Engel of SLP, pinned Travis Pluim of HWC in 2:19, and was pinned by Jacob Crowl of Sheldon-South O'Brien in 1:16 in the consolation match at 189.
SLP won the team title with 206 points, followed by Spencer 200, E-AR 192, Storm Lake 132, S-SO 110, Cherokee 96, Le Mars 90.5, E-LC 82, and HWC 38.
"The Lakes Conference Championships were tough as usual," said Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "We advanced three to the finals. We are now entering the home stretch (of the season). Friday is out last home wrestling event and then next week we go to Orange City for Sectionals."