SPENCER - The Cherokee Braves featured two second-place finishers and three fourth-place finishers at the Lakes Conference Wrestling Tournament at Spencer here friday night.
The host Tigers won the team title with 198.5 points, followed by Emmetsburg 196.5, Spirit Lake Park 171.5, Estherville-LC 149.5, Hull Western Christian 115, Storm Lake 106.5, Le Mars 101, Cherokee 101.
For Cherokee, wrestling without 25-1 senior Zac Anderson (152 pounds), who's out with an injury, Gabe Conley at 182, and Miah Back at 285 claimed runner-up honors after losing in the finals.
Back pinned Andrew Garrets of Emmetsburg in 5:14 in the semifinals, and was pinned by Gabe Bonner of E-LC in :46 in the finals.
Cherokee's fourth-place finishes were registered by Hunter Morrow at 126 with a 2-2 record for the night. Rick Weaver at 145 with a 2-2 match record, and Luke Zeimen at 160, also with a 2-2 match record.
Three Braves placed fifth at the Lakes Meet, including Andy Pitts (1-2) at 120, Jack Letsche (1-2) at 138, and Derek Bechtel (2-2) at 170.
"I'm very proud of the effort given in the tournament," said Cherokee coach Austin Todd. "We had a strong showing by Miah and Gabe. We are starting to peak now and at the right time, with Sectionals this weekend. Hunter and Rick were able to pull off two huge upsets in the tournament, getting them higher places. We have a lot of positive things going for us going into Sectionals."
Cherokee competes in the Sectionals Saturday in Ida Grove, hosted by Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove.