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Hinton's Vondrak advances to second-straight district meet

Sunday, February 6, 2011

(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker) Hinton's Kole Vondrak works against his West Sioux opponent during the sectional tournament in Moville on Saturday.
MOVILLE -- It's Year Three of the Jan George Era at Hinton Community High School and though the number of district qualifiers is down, the morale is up for a Blackhawks wrestling program that has grown in numbers with each ensuing season.

Senior Kole Vondrak dropped the 160-pound sectional title match to West Sioux's David Hernandez, but advanced to his second consecutive district tournament by virtue of his semifinal win over Woodbury Central's Zach Klingensmith.

Vondrak, who won the sectional title last season before falling at the district tournament, was the lone Blackhawk to advance, even though he dropped the sectional championship match to Hernandez, a wrestler he defeated three times last season.

(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker) Hinton's Isaac Wodtke grapples with a West Sioux wrestler during Saturday's sectional tournament at Woodbury Central.
With the score tied at 0-0, Vondrak allowed Hernandez to escape to open the second period for a 1-0 lead. That was the only point of the match, as Hernandez rode Vondrak for the entirety of the third period to win the sectional title by a 1-0 margin.

"You got to come ready to wrestle every match and we probably didn't do that in our finals," George said. "David (Hernandez) dictated the pace and what's frustrating is, we gave him the point and we lost by that point. When you cut him loose, you gotta be on your game and you know you gotta have confidence and we just kind of let that one slip away."

George is pleased with the direction his program is going as a pair of Blackhawks finished third and two more finished fifth to end their season with victories.

"I think anytime you win your last match, you can go into the offseason with a good feeling that you've accomplished some things and are moving forward," said George, a longtime coach at Sioux City West before he took over the Hinton program prior to the 2008-09 season.

Freshman Cole Mills finished third at 112 pounds while Craig Stanley finished third at 171. Dillon Craft was fourth at 135, as was Werner Trierweiler at 189. Taylor Schroeder was fifth at 125, Justin Sherlock was fifth at 140, Isaac Wodtke was fifth at 152 and Keith Van Evera was fifth at 215.

Quinton Robinson finished sixth at 130, while Colin Poss was sixth at 145.

"We've got some good freshmen and hopefully they stick with it," George said. "It's tough when you go out there and you get manhandled. You say, 'Do I wanna do this?' But it's our coaching job to take care of that and say, 'Hey, now's not the time to be making decisions.' I take one year at a time in coaching and I'll take 30 days and kind of reassess my energy level and talk with my assistant coaches about what we need to do and where we need to go."

After finishing third at districts last February, Vondrak will prepare for a sectional bracket that will include No. 8 Zach Jones of Okoboji and Austin McCartan of Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted.

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