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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Anderson champion at 152 pounds

SERGEANT BLUFF - Cherokee's Zac Anderson was champion of the 152-pound division at Saturday's Sergeant Bluff-Luton Wrestling Invitational here.

Cherokee heavyweight Miah Back (left) grapples with his opponent during recent wrestling action in Cherokee. Back placed third at Saturday's rugged Sergeant Bluff-Luton Wrestling Invitational. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves Jack Letsche placed second at 140 pounds, and Rick Weaver (145), and Miah Back (285) finished in third place to lead the Braves, along with Anderson's impressive title.

Anderson, a talented junior grappler, swept three foes to claim his crown, including pinning Austin Sandbulte of Sioux Center in 2:30, recording a major decision 13-0 over Dustin Scott of Westwood, and winning by sudden victory with a 10-8 overtime decision over Josh King of host SB-L.

On the way to his runner-up finish, Letsche beat Felipe Felipe of Sioux Center 6-5, won in overtime 2-1 over Cole Oltmans of Akron-Westfield, and lost 6-3 to Jordan Rozeboom of SB-L in the finals.

Weaver pinned Peter Baccum of Sioux Center in 1:59 in his opening match, before losing 22-9 to eventual champion Matt Steffen of Kingsley-Pierson. Weaver then pinned Cory Escra of A-W in 1:43, and beat Jake Becker of Westwood 7-2 to take third place.

Cherokee's Zac Anderson stalks his opponent during recent wrestling action in Cherokee. Anderson won the 152-pound championship at Saturday's rugged Sergeant Bluff-Luton Wrestling Invitational. Photo by Paul Struck
Miah Back lost his first match 6-0 to Logen Bonnema of West Sioux, and then reeled off three straight wins for his third place finish. Back won by injury default over Josh Fletcher of SB-L, pinned Nick McGlaughlin of A-W in 1:52, and pinned Juan Munoz of Westwood in 1:36.

Cherokee also finished fifth in two weight clases, with freshmen Austin Agnitsch fifth at 112, and Michael Rosewall fifth at 215. Agnitsch was 0-2, and Rosewall 2-2 for the day. Rosewall pinned Nathan Mellies of Woodbury Central in :28, was pinned by Chet Willer of A-W in 3:14, was pinned by Alonso Flores of West Sioux in 2:24, and pinned Zach Pratt of Kingsley-Pierson in :52.

Manny Bustos was sixth after compiling a 1-3 match record for the day.

Host SB-L won the team title with 233.5 points, followed by Sioux Center 146, Westwood 142.5, A-W 133.5, Lawton-Bronson 126.5, Woodbury Central 125.5, K-P 104.5, Cherokee 96, West Sioux 78, and Sioux City Heelan 53.

"This was a new tournament for us," said Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "We wrestled pretty well all day. It takes a lot of endurance to wrestle up to five matches in one day. Zac had an exciting finals match, taking down Josh King of SB-L in sudden victory for the 10-8 decision. Jack wrestled a hard-fought finals match with Jordan Rozeboom of SB-L. Miah added a pair of pins to place third, and Rick battled back for third after losing in the semifinals."

The Braves host Emmetsburg Thursday night, and travel to the Sibley-Ocheyedan Tournament Saturday.

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