24-team wrestling tourney boasts top grapplers
Jacob Meehan of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, right, has his grips on Hull Western Christian's Jacob Van Ginkel during recent wrestling action. Meehan won the 170-pound division at the OABCIG Meet last weekend. Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter
IDA GROVE - Woodbury Central rose above 24 teams to win the team title of the rugged Herb Irgens Wrestling Invitational hosted annually by Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove here Friday and Saturday.
The Wildcats totaled 212.4 points to win the crown, followed by Sergeant Bluff-Luton 192.5, Gilbertville Don Bosco 187, South Central Calhoun 151, Audubon 136, Spirit Lake Park 127, Emmetsburg 119, Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer 113, OABCIG 112, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 102, Woodbine 101.5, Akron-Westfield 97.5, Lawton-Bronson 79, Prairie Valley 74, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 71, Okoboji 68, Sibley-Ocheyedan 64, Storm Lake 56.5, West Lyon 56, Carroll 54, Sioux Center 50, Cherokee 46, Ridge View 44, Kingsley-Pierson 22.
With several wrestlers either injured or ill, the shorthanded Cherokee Braves were led by Micheal Rosewall's third-place finish at 285 pounds, and Hunter Morrow's fifth-place finish at 126. Only six grapplers competed for the Braves.
Hunter Morrow of Cherokee applies an arm bar on his opponent during wrestling action last week at the OABCIG Invitational in Ida Grove. Photo by Reta Todd
Rosewall posted a 4-1 record on the day, losing only to eventual champion Landon Paulsen of Woodbury Central on a 5-2 decision. Rosewall pinned Alex Bagby of Don Bosco in :17, pinned Cody Thompson of GTRA in 1:43, pinned Levi Letsche of MMC in :52, and beat Ridge View's Nathan Myrice by injury default.
Morrow posted a 3-2 match record in the tournament for his fifth-place finish.
Other Cherokee wrestlers competing and failing to place were Drake Bechtel at 106 (0-2), Christian Lundy at 132 (2-2), Andy Pitts at 138 (1-2), and Skyler Mongan at 182 (0-2).
Cherokee's Micheal Rosewall controls Woodbury Central's Landon Paulsen during wrestling action at last weekend's rugged OABCIG Meet. Photo by Reta Todd
"The Ida Grove tournament is never a disappointment," said Cherokee coach Austin Todd. "With Ida Grove hosting 24 teams in the tournament, just to place here is a great accomplishment. I was happy with the effort and the never give up attitude our kids came with. No matter what the score was or who we wrestled we came looking to win and trying to score."
MMC's Jacob Meehan was the lone area champion, winning the 170-pound division.
Also for MMC, Connor Holmes placed fifth at 152, Levi Letsche fifth at 286, and Jacob Letsche sixth at 105.
Ridge View's Nathan Myrice was fourth at 295, and Jason Kenny was fifth at 138.