MAPLETON - The Cherokee Braves opened their 2011-2012 wrestling season in a competitive, entertaining double dual here Tuesday night, losing both matches by close margins.
Cherokee lost 39-33 to MOC-Floyd Valley, and then dropped a hard-fought 39-33 match to host Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto after giving up 24 team points in forfeits resulting from open weights.
Double winners for the Braves included Andy Pitts, Gabe Conley, and Zac Anderson, with Anderson pinning both of his foes to show great promise for an outstanding senior year. Pitts, Conley, Jose Morales, and Devitt also won a match by fall in the tough double dual.
"I am very proud of the team. We showed up to wrestle and came up short with having a few kids out due to illness," noted Cherokee first-year coach Austin Todd.
"The team wrestled well but could not come back after giving up 24 points due to open weight classes."
The Braves are in action Saturday at Sergeant Bluff-Luton in tournament action.
MOC-FV 39, C 33
113: Efrain Arizua, MOC-FV, won by forfeit
120: Andy Pitts, C, won by forfeit
126: Brett Stofferan, MOC-FV, won by forfeit
132: Joe Tolsma, MOC-FV, won by forfeit
138: Jack Letsche, C, beat Kyle Anderson 5 - 4
145: Rick Weaver, C, pinned Tyler Top in 3:08
152: Zac Anderson, C, pinned Derek Rupp in 4:43
160: Josh Wilson, MOC-FV, beat Luke Zeimen 8-2
170: Asa Visser, MOC-FV pinned Alex Maurer in 1:59
182: Gabe Conley, C, won by forfeit
195: Drew Rupp, MOC-FV pinned Trevor Devitt in 2:24
220: Lawton De Jong, MOC-FV, pinned Jose Morales in 1:56
285: Miah Back, C, won by forfeit
MVAO 42, C 30
106: Adam Uhl, MVAO, won by forfeit
113: Cody Hopkins, MVAO, won by forfeit
120: Andy Pitts, C, pinned Michael Jones in 3:41
126: Alex Boyle, MVAO, won by forfeit
132: Derik Baily, MVAO, won by forfeit
138: Issac Jessen, MVAO beat Jack Letsche 6-2
145: Steven Schaffer, MVAO, beat Rick Weaver 7-3
152: Zac Anderson, C, pinned Bowdie Melby in 3:06
160: Dylan Bailey, MVAO beat Luke Zeimen 9-7
170: Andy Berry, MVAO, beat Alex Maurer 9-4
182: Gabe Conley, C, pinned Kevin Brunning in :34
195: Trevor Devitt, C, pinned Glen Hanson in 3:53
220: Jose Morales, C, pinned Derek Via in 3:53
285: Derek Maas, MVAO, pinned Miah Back in 1:14