EMMETSBURG -- The steadily improving Cherokee Braves wrestling team split a double dual against two worthy foes here last week, even though they tied host Emmetsburg 39-39 only to lose 40-39 on criteria. The Braves then popped Alta-Aurelia 45-24 for the split.
Cherokee featured three double-pin winners, including Hunter Morrow at 126 pounds, Jack Letsche at 138, and Luke Zeimen at 160. Zac Anderson also was a double winner for the Braves at 152, pinning one opponent and beating another 4-2.
Rick Weaver, Blake Booth, and Alexx Maurer also won a match by fall for the Braves.
"I am very proud of the way the team came ready to wrestle," said Cherokee coach Austin Todd. " Blake Booth stepped up in his first varsity match of the season and got a huge pin for us in our battle with Emmetsburg. Alexx Maurer was also able to pick up his first win in our dual against Alta-Aurelia. Jack Letshe and Hunter Morrow had exciting matches as well with Jack winning in an overtime match and Hunter getting a pin in the final seconds of his match against Alta-Aurelia.
"The kids are improving each and every time they step onto the mat, but we are not quite where we want to be yet."
(Tie: by criteria Emmetsburg wins 40-39)
106 - Brett Steinkamp, E, won by forfeit
113 - Alex Clark, E, won by forfeit
120 - Jake Miller, E, pinned Andy Pitts :29
126 - Hunter Morrow, C, pinned Nicholas Merwald 1:49
132 - Tyler Leure, E, won by forfeit
138 - Jack Letsche, C, pinned Joe Schmidt 2:47
145 -- Justin Studer, E, pinned Rick Weaver 1:25
152 - Zac Anderson, C, beat Brady Bailey 4-2
160 - Luke Zeimen, C, pinned Joel Hoyman :23
170 - Blake Booth, C, pinned Tyler Henson 2:31
182 - Alexx Maurer, C, won by forfeit
195 - Taylor Wagner, E, pinned Gabe Conley 1:52
220 - Trevor Devitt, C, won by forfeit
285 - Pat Brennan, E, beat Miah Back 4-9
106 - Open
113 - Open
120 -- Jorge McDonald, A-A, pinned Andy Pitts 1:24
126 - Hunter Morrow, C, pinned John Henry 5:29
132 - Ben Stange, A-A, won by forfeit
138 - Jack Letsche, C, pinned Dillon Miller :33
145 - Rick Weaver, C, pinned Jared Schmitts 3:12
152 - Zac Anderson, C, pinned Junior Molina 3:09
160 - Luke Zeimen , C, pinned Kevin Hernandez 3:49
170 - Alexx Maurer, C, pinned Manuel Murillo 3:49
182 - Gabe Conley, C. won by forfeit
195 -- Garrett Van Houten, A-A, pinned Trevor Devitt :15
220 - Joe Rodriguez, A-A, won by forfeit
285 - Miah Back, C, won by forfeit