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Braves 2nd at Fuhrman Invitational

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lukas-Farcus, Morrow, Rosewall WHS champs

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn won the Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational in Cherokee Saturday, totaling 194.5 team points to runner-up Cherokee's 179.

Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto and Hull Western Christian each placed third with 152 points, followed by MOC-Floyd Valley 149, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 86, Kingsley-Pierson 82, Laurens-Marathon/Sioux Central 78.5, East Sac County 54.

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Cherokee's Andras Lukas-Farcus waves to the crowd after winning the final match of his prep career with a 5-1 decision over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's previously undefeated Jacob Meehan at Saturday's Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational. A foreign exhange student from Hungary, Lukas-Farcus graduates at the end of the semester this week. One of Iowa's top-ranked wrestling officials, Dewey Hupke, whistles the match over. Photo by Reta Todd
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Gettin' with it is Cherokee's wrestling coach Austin Todd as he cheers for one of his wrestlers during the Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational in Cherokee Saturday. Todd, a Galva-Holstein multi-sport star and former Morningside football national title contender, has the Cherokee program buzzing. Photo by Reta Todd
The deep MMC squad featured two champions in Ben Phillips at 220 pounds, and Justin Theisen at 182; three runners-up in Jacob Letsche at 195, Jacob Meehan at 170, and Levi Letsche at 285; and two third-place winners in Derek Erdman at 132, and Dylan Rolfes at 160.

Other place winners for the Eagles were Austin Robinson fourth at 120, Matt Peck fourth at 126, Mark Peters fourth at 138, Jeremy Loutsch fifth at 152, and Ben McDaniel fifth at 113.

Cherokee crowned three champions, three runners-up and a third-place finisher to account for a majority of the Braves' team points.

In the featured match of the day, Cherokee's Andras Lukas-Farcus beat MMC's Meehan 5-1 in a battle of the unbeatens. The loss was the first of the season for Meehan and put his match record at 17-1.

For Lukas-Farcus, a foreign echange student from Hungary, it was his last high school match and he takes a perfect 12-0 record back to Hungary with him as he graduates at the end of the current semester this week.

LuKas-Farcus pinned Darrion Weber of MV/A-O in :37, and pinned Dave Wiaudaur of Hull Western Christian in :48 to get to the Meehan final match. Meehan pinned Quentin Ackerman of ESC in :12, and pinned Trever Huss of MOC-FV in :30 for the right to meet Lukas-Farcus in the title bout.

Besides Lukas-Farcus, Cherokee's Hunter Morrow was a champion at 126, pinning all three foes. Morrow pinned Kayle Heideman of L-M/SC in 1:03, pinned CJ Phelan of K-P in :44, and pinned Charlie Spatz of MV/A-O in :42.

The Braves' Micheal Rosewall pinned his two opponents in rapid fashion after a first-round bye. He pinned Connor Kuchel of HMS in :15, and then dispatched MMC's Levi Letsche in :20 to win the title at 285.

Second-place winners for the Braves were Andy Pitts at 138, Blake Booth at 152, and Luke Zeimen at 160.

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Cherokee's Hunter Morrow, top, has control of Kingsley-Pierson's CJ Phelan on his way to the championship of the Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational here Saturday. Photo by Reta Todd
Pitts pinned Collin Haberl of ESC in 4:30, pinned Mark Peters of MMC in 5:33, and lost by fall to Eli Dahl of MOC-FV in 1:15.

Booth, battling illness, pinned Skylar Towne of HMS in :51, beat Michael Nasers of K-P 8-4, and lost 8-0 to Zach De Jauger of HWC.

Zeimen pinned Gage Towne of HMS in 1:18, beat MMC's Rolfes for the second time this season 9-5, and lost by fall to Jacob Van Ginkel of HWC in 4:54. Zeimen now sports a 14-4 match record, and Rolfes falls to 18-2.

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Cherokee's Michael Rosewall, top, and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Levi Letsche battle during wrestling action Saturday at the Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational in Cherokeee. Photo by Reta Todd
Cherokee's Drake Bechtel was third at 106, pinning HWC's Tom Wiaudaur in 1:17, losing by fall to Abe Anzua of MOC-FV in 1:24, and pinning Wiaudaur again in :47.

Cherokee's Christian Lundy was fourth at 132 after posting a 2-2 match record, Skyler Mongan was fifth at 182, also posting a 2-2 match record, and Alex Sorgdrager was sixth at 195 after getting the first pin win in his first year of wrestling over Jackson Swanson of HMS in 3:06.

"There is always something special about wrestling in Cherokee, especially the Paul Fuhrman Invitational," said Cherokee coach Austin Todd. "I could not ask for a better performance from the team. Every single member on the team contributed to our finish with at least one pin fall.

"We had an amazing first round earning eight pins out of nine wrestlers. We were always moving forward in our matches, working for pin falls, and outworking our opponents. I am also very proud to announce every single wrestler from Cherokee placed in the tournament.

"The crowd and fans were amazing! I want to thank the fans for showing the pride that Cherokee has. The gym erupted several times during the tournament as matches finished and as team scores were announced. I also want to thank the crowd for sending Andras Lukas-Farkus off with great fashion, as he will be returning home to Hungary next week ."

The Braves enter Christmas break and return to action Thursday, Jan. 3, at Spencer in a Lakes Conference double dual also featuring Estherville-LC.

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