IDA GROVE - The Cherokee Braves passed five wrestlers into Class 2A District action after they each placed second at Saturday's six-team Sectional Tournament hosted by Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove here.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton won the team title with 260 points, followed by OABCIG 212.5, Sioux City heelan 140, Cherokee 138, Laurens-Marathon 119, and East Sac County 112.
District qualifiers for the Braves included Hunter Morrow at 120 pounds, Jack Letsche at 138, Zac Anderson at 152, Luke Zeimen at 160, and Miah Back at 285.
Morrow is a freshman with a 26-17 record this season, Letsche a senior with a 24-18 mark, Anderson a senior with a 25-2 record. Zeimen a sophomore with a 22-10 slate, and Back a senior with a 23-13 record.
Saturday's 12-team District field in Cherokee includes the six teams from the OABCIG Sectional, and the six competing in the Rock Valley Sectional last Saturday, including team champion Spirit Lake Park, runner-up Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Sheldon-South O'Brien, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, MOC-Floyd Valley, and Sioux Center.
For Cherokee in Sectionals, Morrow pinned Austin Sadler of OABCIG in 1:31, and lost a narrow 4-2 decision to Ben Graber of SB-L to finish runner-up; Letsche pinned Kent Krager of OABCIG in :40, lost to champion Hunter Langley of SB-L 7-2, and beat Bo Rus of BH/RV 11-2 for second; Anderson beat Bret Tomoson of SB-L 5-4, and lost 4-0 to Brent Stickrod of OABCIG in the finals; Zeimen beat Kaleb Ypung of OABCIG 7-2, and was pinned by champion Josh King of SB-L in 1:05 for second; and Back pinned Adam Kaukap of ESC in 3:28, and was pinned in 1:04 by champion Tanner Thompson of OABCIG.
Four other Braves finished fourth at Sectionals and out of the money. They included Rick Weaver at 145, who was 1-2 on the day; Blake Booth at 170, who was 1-2; Gabe Conley at 195, who was o-2; and Trevor Devitt at 220, who was 1-2. Because of pairings, Conley wrestled up at 195 after competing at 182 all season.
"This is always an emotional time of year," said Cherokee coach Austin Todd. "As a coach you are happy to see your kids move on, and yet you feel the others' pain when their season ends.
"We wrestled tough all day and were able to send half our kids on to Districts. We are peaking at the right time of the season as we are approaching Districts. I can't be happier with the effort and focus of the wrestlers as the day moved on."
The 2A District action starts at noon Saturday in the Cherokee WHS gymnasium, with the top two in each weight class advancing to the State Meet Feb. 16-18 in Des Moines.