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Loughlin leads mat Braves in tourney

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cherokee's Patrick Loughlin is in total control of his opponent just before pinning him during the Okoboji Invitational in Milford on Dec. 6th. Loughlin had two pins on the day and finished seond in his 160-pound weight class. Photo contributed
MILFORD - Spencer nicked Sibley-Ocheyedan here by one point on Dec. 6, with the Tigers totaling 199.5 points, to S-O's 198.5.

Graettinger-Terril was third with 188 points, followed by Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 153.5, West Hancock 147.5, Spirit Lake Park 129.5, Okoboji 101, Cherokee 72.5, Carroll Kuemper 40, and George-Little Rock 21.

Cherokee placed seven of the 12 wrestlers participating in the tourney, with Patrick Loughlin's second-place finish at 160 pounds leading the way for the Braves.

Cherokee's Zac Anderson works hard from the bottom during a competitive wrestling match at the Okoboji Invitational on Dec. 6th. Anderson placed fifth in the rugged meet. Photo contributed
Tyler Lundsgaard placed fourth at 171, followed by fifth-place finishes for Zac Anderson at 135, Calvin Conley at 152, and Peter Cosgrove at heavyweight. Jack Letsche was sixth at 125, as was Steve Veit at 145.

Loughlin won his first two matches by fall before losing a 9-3 decision to Graettinger-Terril champion Kass Schany in the finals. Loughlin pinned Tyler Silber of West Hancock in 1:56, and pinned Tyler Grossman of Kuemper in 5:56 to make the finals.

Lundsgaard won by fall over Kuemper's Alex Scharfenkamp in 3:28, loss by fall in :33 to Brian Block of S-O, won by fall over Casey Carpenter of Okoboji in :54, and lost by 7-2 decision to Zach Van Wettering of Spencer in the consolation match.

Anderson was also 2-2 for the day, losing by fall in 3:11 to Wyatt Towne of HMS, pinning Scott Hummel of SLP in 3:09, losing by fall in 1:05 to Julio Ayala of S-O, and pinning Alex Koepp of Okoboji in 1:20.

Conley also was 2-2 for the day, losing a 10-9 decision to Zach Jones of Okoboji, pinning Drew Skattebo of G-T in :41, losing 15-6 to Jim Finch of HMS, and winning by technical fall in 3:18 over Ethan Kathol of Kuemper.

Letsche was 1-3 for the day, winning his first match by an 11-6 decision over Jon Bruner of Kuemper. Veit also was 1-3, winning by 12-1 major decision over Sam Patterson of West Hancock. Cosgrove, like Lundsgaard wrestling up (over his weight), was 1-3, pinning Aaron Spaw of Spencer in 2:00.

"This was the first varsity tournament for many of our wrestlers," noted Cherokee coach Jason Wood of his young team. "They had a decent day and wrestled well. It is hard to come to a tournament as a freshman and be a place-winner."

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