MILFORD - Two of Cherokee's six wrestlers entered in Saturday's Okoboji Wrestling Invitational here placed, with senior Patrick Loughlin winning the 160-pound weight class, and sophomore Zac Anderson finishing runner-up to a two-time state tournament qualifier at 145 pounds..
Loughlin beat Travis Delong of Fulda, Minn. 4-0 in his opening match, won by 11-0 major decision over Dylan Niswander of Sibley-Ocheyedan in the semifinals, and then pinned Zach Jones of host Okoboji in 5:58, with just two seconds left in the match to claim the title.
Anderson pinned Heath Marchand of Graettinger-Terril in 3:39 in his opener, then beat John Estap of Central Lyon 9-7 in the semifinals, before being pinned by Matt Finch of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in 54 seconds in the championship match. Finch, a junior, was 49-1 and finished third in the Class 1A State Tournament last season. He's ranked first at 145 pounds in Class 1A this season and won all four matches Saturday by fall.
Also for Cherokee, Rick Weaver competed at 130 pounds and was 1-2 and did not place, Jack Letsche wrestled at 135 and was 0-2 and did not place, Gabe Conley competed at 152 and went 0-2 and did not place, and Manny Bustos wrestled at 171 and was 0-2 and did not place.
Spencer won the rugged team competition with 209 points, followed by Sibley-Ocheyedan 160, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 136, Okoboji 133, H-M-S 120, G-T 116, West Hancock 110, Fulda, Minn. 107, Spirit Lake Park 104, Cherokee 47.
"It was a great day for Patrick and Zac," said Cherokee coach Jason Wood, whose squad has been battling around five open weights so far this season. "It was good to see some new teams, Central Lyon and Fulda."
The Braves wrestle at perennial Lakes Conference power Emmetsburg Thursday night and travel to the rugged Sibley-Ocheyedan Invitational on Saturday.