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4 Braves earn Districts

Monday, February 19, 2007

Champs Halverson, Loughlin; runners-up Conley, Jones advance

ORANGE CITY - The Cherokee Braves advanced four wrestlers to Feb. 17th's Class 2A Districts in Spirit Lake, including the state's top-ranked 130 pounder, undefeated Tyler Halverson.

The four-time state qualifier and 2005 state champion at 103 pounds, Halverson this season sports a sparkling 39-0 record. The senior Brave also racked up his 100th prep career pin at the Sectionals here on Feb. 10th.

Halverson pinned both foes at the Sectionals, including a fall in :43 over Austin Gisolf of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, and a 39-second pin over Steve White of Aurelia-Galva-Holstein.

Cherokee's Nick Loughlin (24-3) drew a first-round bye at 152 pounds, and then pinned Brandon Mars of MOC-Floyd Valley in 2:35, and pinned Tyler Buys of Hull Western Christian in 1:33.

Cherokee's Peter Conley leaps in joy after pinning his opponent in a wrestleback to earn a trip to the Class 2A Districts in Spirit Lake Saturday. Photo contributed.
The Braves' Peter Conley was runner-up at 189 pounds, winning by fall in 1:05 over Travis Pluim of HWC, losing by fall in 1:06 to eventual champ Daniel Borchers, pinning Monte Hickman of MOC-FV in 1:52, and pinning Jacob Crowl of SOS/Sheldon in the wrestleback in 4:22.

Tim Jones also was runner-up at 215 pounds to advance to Districts. Jones drew a bye, pinned Joey Van Der Brink of BH-RV in 2:31, lost 4-2 to eventual champ Ryan Whitt of MOC-FV, and pinned John Oldenkamp of SOS/Sheldon in 2:43 in the wrestleback for second place.

"It was a very exciting day for us," said Cherokee coach Jason Wood. We qualified four good wrestlers for Districts."

Cherokee's Nick Loughlin pins Hull Western Christian's Tyler Buys on his way to the Class 2A Sectional championship in Orange City Saturday, and quallifying for the Districts Saturday in Spirit Lake. Photo contributed.
The top two finishers make the Districts. Other Braves competing at Orange City included fourth-place finishes for Calvin Conley 135, Steve Veit 140, and Patrick Loughlin 145; fifth-place finishes for Derik Smith 125, and Tyler Lundsgaard 171; and Charllie Ganger 160, sixth place.

Aurelia-Galva-Holstein won the team title, amassing 218 points to far out-distance runner-up MOC/Floyd Valley, who had 146 points. They were followed by SOS/Sheldon 141, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 141, Cherokee 132, and Hull Western Christian 79.

Class 2A District action starts at noon Saturday in Spirit Lake.

Tyler Halverson of Cherokee pins Steve White of Aurelia-Galva-Holstein to win the Class 2A Sectionals Saturday and advance to the Districts Saturday in Spirit Lake. It also was Halverson's 100th career pin. Photo contributed.

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