HUMBOLDT -- The Bulldog grapplers wrestled their way to a fourth-place finish out of eight at the Humboldt Invitational Friday.
Humboldt won their invite with 249 points for the day. Le Mars Community Schools tallied 160 points.
"The Bulldog wrestling team started strong in the first round only losing three matches," LCS coach Shane Hessenius said. "They had the 'first round spark' according to the volunteer coach, Jason Weiland."
A first-place finish from LCS' Nic Madsen (106) led the Bulldogs, while Tyler Carlson (113), Chris Hiserote (195) and Alex Hermes (220) added third-place finishes at the tourney.
Fourth place finishes for the 'Dogs were Skyler Gries (138), Juan Hernandez (152), and David Hernandez (195).
Tanner Franksen-Small (120) and Luke DeBoer (145) earned fifth places for LCS while Quenton Boddie (126), Mason Weiler (132), Kyle Williams (160), Brody Mathey (170), Dillan Belt (182) and David Lamp (285) took sixth. Tyler Hoffman (145) took seventh.
Hessenius said the team's motto going into the night was "one good thing."
"We wanted to see the young guys and the 'rusty' guys do one good thing in their matches," he explained. "Every athlete met and exceeded that goal during their matches."
The team as a whole fought well all night, Hessenius said.
"When they were in a battle, they rose to the occasion. There was no backing down from any of our athletes all night," he said. "Each wrestler has gained a little confidence from tonight's tournament, however every individual wrestler and the team as a whole has found things to work on."
The LCS team is in it for the long haul, the coach added.
"We look forward to a great season," he said.
Humboldt Invitational Team Results
1. Humboldt, 249
2. Atlantic, 220
3. Aplington Parkersburg, 217
4. Le Mars, 160
5. Pocahontas Area, 157
6. Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto, 127
7. MFL MARMAC, 113
8. Hinton, 96.5