LE MARS - Cherokee's Miah Back won the championship at 285 pounds at Saturday's rugged Le Mars Wrestling Invitational, rolling over three quality opponents in the process.
Cherokee's Rick Weaver at 145, and Zac Anderson at 152 registered runner-up finishes, with Anderson winning his 100th prep match, but losing for the first time all season.
Also for the Braves, Hunter Morrow placed third at 126, and fourth-place finishes were earned by Luke Zeimen at 160, and Blake Booth at 170.
Back ran his solid season record to 16-9 with his three-win title, pinning Tanner Van Miaddendorp of West Lyon in 1:15, pinning Cody Keefer of South Sioux City in 3:03, and beating Jordan Bywater of Council Bluffs AL 8-6 in the finals.
Weaver (15-12) pinned Austin Freeman of SC North in 3:11, beat Lawrence Dobrolvny of CBAL 8-6 in the semifinals, and then lost 15-0 to Braden Christensen of SB-L in the finals.
Anderson (24-1) pinned Colin Poss of Hinton in 1:46, pinned Jed Van't Hof of West Lyon in :56, beat Bret Tomoson of SB-L 7-0, and then lost for the first time this season to Gage Martin of SC North by a narrow 10-9 decision in the finals.
Morrow (20-10) pinned Dustin Freeman of S-SOS in 1:55, lost 15-0 to Jonathon Luzano of SC North, pinned Adam Nieman of SSC in 2:48, and pinned Freeman again in 1:55 to win the consolation match.
Booth ( 8-8) pinned Brody Plummer of SSC in 3:14, was pinned by Tanner Mathews of S-SOS in 3:29, beat Jacob Johnson of Le Mars 4-3, and was pinned by Dylan Thomas of SC North in 3:07 in the consolation match.
Jack Letsche placed fifth for the Braves at 138, posting a 2-2 match record for the day, and Gabe Conley was sixth at 182 with a 1-3 match record.
Also competing for the Braves and not placing were Andy Pitts at 120, and Trevor Devitt at 195. Devitt posted a 2-2 match record for the day, and Pitts was 0-2.
"The Le Mars Tournament had great competition from bigger schools we haven't seen all year," noted Cherokee coach Austin Todd. "Miah was able to finish the day strong, being our lone champion.
"Zac picked up his 100th win and finished second, along with Weaver. and Hunter, Luke, and Blake had strong finshes."
Cherokee wrestles in a Lakes Conference double dual at Storm Lake tonight, also featuring Hull Western Christian.