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Area wrestlers vie at OA-BCIG

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Zac Anderson of Cherokee, right, is in the process of reversing his oppponent's control during last week's rugged wrestling invitational hosted by Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove. Photo by Diane Anderson
IDA GROVE - The Cherokee, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, and Ridge View wrestling teams all competed here Friday and Saturday in the 41st Herb Irgens Invitational.

The Herb Irgens is one of the most competitive wrestling tournaments in Iowa, with 25 teams in classes 1A, 2A and 3A competing. Ridge View finished in 14th place with 83.50 points, while Cherokee finished 21st with 53 points, and MMC was 22nd, scoring 52 points.

The highest finisher among area teams was Ridge View's Michael Davidson, who finished third at 215 lbs. Cherokee's Zac Anderson finished 4th in the 152 lb. weight class and his Washington High teammate Miah Back also took 4th in the 285 lb. class.

Ridge View's Vance Kreutz placed fifth at 119, pinning Juan Figuera of Storm Lake in 5:54 in his final match. Teammates Tyler Kenny, at 145, and Logan Schafer, at 285, both placed 8th.

The tournament was won by Class 1A Gilbertville Don Bosco, with 238 points. Don Bosco is the defending Class 1A State champion, and they are ranked third this season. Host Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove finished second in the team standings, scoring 155 points to edge Sergeant Bluff-Luton, which scored 153 points.

Cherokee's Miah Back works hard in the up position to control his opponent at last week's two-day wrestling invitational hosted by Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove. Photo by Diane Anderson
Cherokee's Anderson was 3-2 in the two-day event, winning three matches by fall, including a 2:30 pin of Nick McGlaughlin of Akron-Westfield, a 2:56 pin of Luke Sommerlot of Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer, and a 3:54 pin of Rick Maris of Spirit Lake Park. Anderson lost 8-5 to eventual champion Tanner Taylor of Okoboji, and an exciting 4-2 overtime decision to Gavvon Shafer of Woodbine in the consolation finals.

Back was 3-2 for the Braves, pinning Mitch McGrauth of Graettinger-Terril in 2:46, losing 3-0 to eventual champion Brendan TerWee of West Lyon, pinning Nathan Kyle of Storm Lake in 3:36, beating Logan Shafer of Ridge View by injury default, and losing a 9-5 decision to Patrick Coleman of Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Other Cherokee Braves competing and not placing included Austin Agnitsch at 103, 0-2; Nate Laursen at 125, 0-2; Jack Letsche at 140, 1-2; Rick Weaver at 145, 2-2; Tyler McLaughlin at 160, 0-2; Gabe Conley at 171, 1-2; Manny Bustos 189, 0-2; and Trevor Devitt 215, 1-2.

"It was good to get back to my old high school in Ida Grove," said Cheroke coach Jason Wood. "There were so many people and so many great wrestling matches. All of our wrestlers wrestled hard and gave it their all. I am very proud of our wrestlers, cheerleaders, and fans."

The Braves wrestle at Spencer Friday night.

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