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Halverson, Loughlin to state

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

AGH's Parker, White, Borchers also qualify

SPIRIT LAKE - In Class 2A District competition here on Feb. 17th, the Cherokee Braves qualified two grapplers, and Aurelia-Galva-Holstein three, for the 2006-2007 State Wrestling Tournament beginning Feb. 21 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Cherokee senior Tyler Halverson ran his remarkable season record to 41-0 after pinning both opponents at 130 pounds to earn his fourth trip to the state tourney. He won the 103-pound state title as a sophomore, and was third last year at state at 119 pounds.

Halverson pinned Justin Truckenmiller (33-14) of Sibley-Ocheyedan in 3:30 in first-round District action here, and then pinned Brenden Fitzgibbons (29-6) of Spirit Lake-Park in 3:18 in the finals.

Halverson the Cherokee Braves school record holder now sports an incredible 163-14 career record, with a record 102 falls.

Cherokee junior Nick Loughlin (25-4) also earned his second state tournament berth with a runner-up finish at 152 pounds. Loughlin pinned Brian Block (37-10) of Sibley-Ocheyedan in 3:18 in his opener, and then dropped a tense 3-2 verdict to Ryan Joynt (41-2) of Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted to finish second and qualify for state for the second time. Loughlin placed eighth at state as a freshman at 135 pounds.

Joynt beat Loughlin 3-0 in the recent Lakes Conference Championships.

Halverson meets up with Joey Schaefer of Battle Creek-Ida Grove/Odebolt-Arthur in first-round action at state, while Loughlin meets top-rated Brett Rosedale of East Marshall.

Two other Braves had good outings, but lost in wrestlebacks to earn third place.

Senior Peter Conley (26-23) lost by fall to eventual champ Joe Johnson (29-0) of Algona, pinned Emmetsburg-AR's Josh Fogg (35-9) in :29, and then was pinned by Aurelia-Galva-Holstein's Daniel Borchers (44-3) in 1:45 in the wrestleback.

Junior Tim Jones (30-13) lost by fall in :18 to eventual champ and second-ranked Kyle Simonson (28-1) of Algona, won by major decision 11-0 over Ryan Whitt (22-9) of MOC-Floyd Valley, and lost by major decision 10-1 to Alex Will (31-14) of Spirit Lake Park in the wrestleback.

"Tyler and Nick looked great today in qualfiying for state," said Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "Peter wrestled some great matches. H lost a tough first-round match and then came back with a huge pin in the second. he was right in the match with Borchers when he lost by fall. Tim wrestled some very tough opponents. He beat Whitt, who had beaten him in Sectionals."

AGH sent three wrestlers to state, each finishing runner-up in their respective weight classes.

Adam Parker (42-4) dropped a 4-1 decision to champion Jake Ingalls of Algona in the 125-pound finals to place second. Parker beat Joey Naig (26-18) of E-AR in first round (no score submitted).

Mike White (40-7) lost by 4-3 decision to Jacob Johnson (31-8) of SLP to finish second at 140 pounds. White beat Nick Larson (25-6) of Algona in first round (no score submitted).

Daniel Borchers (43-3) pinned Peter Conley of Cherokee in 1:45 in the wrestleback at 189 pounds to place second. Borchers beat Josh Fog of E-AR in first round (no score submitted).

For other District qualifiers for AGH, Andrew Perry finished third at 145 pounds, Austin Todd was third at 160, and Ryan Donahoo (112), Steve White (130), Kyle Yearous (135), and Adam Dreeszen (Hwt.) each placed fourth.

Perry ends his season with a 30-11 record, Todd 33-8, Donahoo 32-12, White 31-16, Yearous 35-12, and Dreeszen 32-11.

"The going was tough for the AGH wrestlers as the competition was outstanding," said AGH co-coach Scott Phelps. "The kids wrestled hard but just couldn't get any breaks all day to go our way. We'll give it our best shot in Des Moines."

Rugged Algona won the team title with 117.5 points, followed by host SLP 108.5, E-AR 80, AGH 57, Cherokee 48, S-O 44, S-SOS 31, MOC-FV 27, RV-BH 19, HWC 16, E-LC 13.

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