Cherokee's Back champion at 285
Cherokee's Miah Back controls his opponent on the way to winning the 285-pound weight class at Saturday's 9-team Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational hosted by the Cherokee Braves. The Braves coaching staff watches with keen interest in the background. Photo contributed
MOC-Floyd Valley nicked Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto to win the team title at Saturday's annual Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Initational at Cherokee Washington High.
The Dutchmen totaled 138 points to narrowly slip past HMS with 135, and MVAO 134 in the closest team race in the tourney's history.
Hull Western Christian was fourth with 115, followed by Cherokee 109, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 104, East Sac County 101, Sibley-Ocheyedan 91, and Sioux Central/Laurens-Marathon 91.
Jack Letsche of Cherokee ponders his next move while controlling his opponent at Saturday's Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational. Letsche was runner-up at 140 pounds. Photo contributed
The host Braves featured one individual champion, with Miah Back pinning both foes after a first-round bye to claim the 285-pound class.
Zac Anderson at 152, and Jack Letsche at 140 earned runner-up finishes for Cherokee, and Rick Weaver placed third at 145.
Austin Agnitsch was fourth for the Braves at 103, as was Trevor Devitt at 215. Manny Bustos was fifth at 189, and Nate Laursen at 125, and Gabe Conley at 171 were each sixth.
Back pinned Trevor Van Den Top of HWC in 1:28 after his first round opponent did not show. Back then pinned Patrick Coleman of S-O in 4:44 to win the championship.
Rick Weaver of Cherokee has his grip on his opponent on his way to a third-place finish at 145 pounds at Saturday's Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational in Cherokee. Photo contributed
Anderson had a first-round bye and then beat Dylan Bailey of MVAO 13-5 to make the finals at 152. He then dropped a 16-6 decision to ranked champion Wyatt Towne of HMS.
Letsche pinned jeremy Nagel of HMS in 1:07, beat Kaleb Roth of ESC 4-2, and lost 7-5 in the finals to Isaac Jessen of MVAO.
Weaver lost his first match in overtime 15-13 to eventual champ Dylan Rolfes of MMC, then pinned Jacob Johnson of HWC in :41, and pinned CeDric Smith of ESC in 5:07.
For MMC, Rolfers was champion at 145, and Jake Pearson champ at 171. Jacob Meehan was third at 160, and fourth-place finishes for the Eagles went to Levi Letsche at 285, Jacob Letsche at 140, and Taylor Coombs at 152. Jutin Theisen was sixth at 189 for MMC.
Zac Anderson of Cherokee rides his opponent on his way to a runner-up finish at 152 pounds at the Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational in Cherokee Saturday. Photo contributed
"The new mat looked great!" noted Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "We had a pretty good day in it. Three Braves made the finals and Rick Weaver lost in overtime in his semifinal match and battled back for third place. Jack and Zac just came up a little short in their championship matches, and Miah pinned his way through the tournament."
After the holiday break, the Braves travel to Estherville-LC Jan. 6 for a tough Lakes Conference double dual also featuring Spencer. On Saturday, Jan. 8, the Braves compete in the Kingsley-Pierson Invitational at Kingsley.