IDA GROVE - Cherokee's Nick Loughlin, the state's second-ranked Class 2A wrestler at 152 pounds, ran his unbeaten record this season to 26-0 by winning his weight class in the rugged two-day, 21-team Battle Creek-Ida Grove/Odebolt-Arthur Wrestling Tournament.
Deep and talented Spirit Lake Park won the team title with 150 points, followed by Akron-Westfield 141, Twin River Valley 129, BCIG-OA 127.5, Lawton-Bronson 120, Woodbury Central 119, Graettinger-Terril 111.5, Woodbine 94, Aurelia-Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland 94, Okoboji 81.5, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 81, Prairie Valley 60, Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 56.5, Cherokee 56.5, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 55.5, West Lyon 55, Audubon 54, Kingsley-Pierson 53, Pocahontas 50, Storm Lake 41, and Rockwell City-Lytton/Southern Cal 0.
Loughlin beat K-P's Jeff Engle 7-2 in the finals, Engle rated third in Class 1A. Loughlin had beaten Engle 3-2 in the finals of the K-P tourney two weeks ago.
Loughlin, a state qualifier as a sophomore and junior, beat Nathan Rodenburg of Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 23-9 for a major decision, won by a 20-4 technical fall over Nick Schultze of SLP, won by 18-2 technical fall over Braxton Bursell of A-W, before meeting and defeating Engle in the finals.
Jones advanced to the finals with a technical fall and a pin, before facing Adam Dreeszen of AGHSC in the semifinals. Their match was tied at 5-5 after three periods before Jones scored a reversal in the first of two 30-second tie-breakers, and rode Dreeszen out in the final overtime period for the big win. That supreme effort against one of the state's best heavyweights in Dreeszen then cost Jones in the exciting final match with McKenzie.
McKenzie led 7-5 late in the match and Jones wet all out for a fall, losing three more points in the scramble to lose 10-5.
Cherokee's Steve Veit finished eighth at 145 after losing a first-round match to eventual champion Gage Westbrook of SB-L.
"It was a very busy weekend for us, wrestling Thursday, Friday and Saturday," said Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "We placed three of our seven wrestlers and had two in the finals."
For AGHSC, Adam Parker placed second at 130 pounds, falling 12-4 to Dillon Miner of SLP in the finals. Kyle Yearous finished third at 140, winning his consolation match over Pat Higgins of Storm Lake by fall in 2:50.
Ryan Donahoo was fourth for AGHSC at 112, losing by fall in 4:45 to Zach Ryan of Woodbury Central in the consolation match. Dreeszen also finished fourth at heavyweight, losing by fall in 4:30 to Kyle Brown of Graettinger-Terril after expending all that energy in the OT match with Cherokee's Jones.
Steve White was sixth for AGHSC, losing to Michael Jensen of G-T 12-2 in his final match at 135, and Tyler Kenny was eighth, losing 14-4 to Chad Richardson of L-B at 119.
"The coaches were happy with the effort of the kids and the quality competition the kids were exposed to," said AGHSC co-coach Scott Phelps. "We beat some quality kids and lost to some quality kids, but if we learn from our mistakes it will help us down the road."
MMC placed four of eight wrestlers in the tourney, led by Jerad Letsche's third-place finish in the potent 152-pound class. Letsche pinned Ben Seaman of Storm Lake in 5:44, beat Jeremy Hemmer of BCIG-OA 16-0, lost 3-2 to K-P's Engle, beat Kyle Grieme of L-B 14-3, and won the consolation match by forfeit from Braxton Bursell of A-W.
Russ Godbersen was fourth at 135, losing 8-6 to Luke Griffith of BCIG-OA, pinning Nick Carman of TRV in 4:26, beating Ethan Johnson of Okoboji 4-1, beating Michael Jensen of G-T 6-5 in triple overtime, and falling a second time to Griffith 5-4 in double OT.
Ben Mayer was sixth at 140 for the Eagles after going 3-3 for the day. Jacob Lehnhoff was seventh with a 2-2 record for the tourney.