"Storm Lake has gotten us the past few years, and really this (win) is a testament to the guys," LCS wrestling coach Shane Hessenius said. "They're doing what we're teaching them in practice and they're transferring it to the mat. They're fighting all the way through the match; they're not laying down for them."
The Bulldogs dropped their earlier dual with Spencer 58-24.
Le Mars' Tyler Carlson (120) pinned Storm Lake's Pah Toe in 1:02, Skyler Gries (138) pinned his Storm Lake opponent Juan Morales in 1:00, Chris Hiserote (195) pinned Jose Acebedo in 1:05, and LCS' Tevita Moa-Lamp (285) pinned Martin Espinosa in 3:28.
Le Mars' Juan Hernandez won by 11-4 decision over Storm Lake's Juan Estrada.
"We haven't done a whole lot different all year, we're just getting better and stronger and keep fighting and we're going to get more when we do that," Hessenius said. "This group is really fun and they work hard. They deserve all the credit. They do all we ask of them and they're not complaining."
Storm Lake's Darren Eades (126) won by technical fall over LCS' Cody Sherlock, 20-5; Juan Figueroa (132) pinned LCS' Mason Weiler in 3:09; Kyle Wiegert (145) pinned Tyler Hoffman, of Le Mars, in 1:15; Noel Buenelos (170) pinned Kyle Williams, of LCS, in 1:16; and Adrian Castillo (182) pinned Dillan Belt, of Le Mars, in 1:21.
LCS vs. Spencer
Four Bulldogs pinned their Spencer opponents but it wasn't enough for the LCS team to win over the Tigers Thursday.
Spencer took the dual 58-24 in LCS' new gym.
"We wrestled a very good, well-coached team in Spencer. We knew that we were going to have to be ready for them," Hessenius said. "The boys went out and competed. I was very impressed with several matches; however, the match that sticks out in my mind is Tanner Francksen-Small's battle with Treavor Strulei. Treavor is a really good wrestler and Tanner fought with everything he had. I believe that summed up the night."
Earning pins for Le Mars were: Tevita Moa-Lamp (285) pinning Chance Tatman in 3:05, Nic Madsen (106) pinning Dylan Huntoon in 4:24, Dillan Belt (182) pinning Joseph Strock in 0:39, and Alex Hermes (220) pinning Austin Roberts in 4:34.
Spencer earned nine pins and one major decision.
At 113, the Tigers' Trevor Streuli pinned Tanner Francksen-Small in 3:17, at 120, Bailey Hawn pinned Tyler Carlson in 2:40, and at 126 John Christopherson pinned Seth Courtright in 1:10.
At 132, Spencer's Nick Gross pinned Mason Weiler in 1:55, at 138 Levi Gilmore pinned Skyler Gries in 2:32, at 145, Adam C. Johnson pinned Tyler Hoffman in 0:13, at 160, Tanner Schaefer pinned Chris Haman in 2:24, at 170 Blaine Johnson pinned Kyle Williams in 1:21 and at 195 Ben Pingel pinned Jorge Pera-Ahumada in 3:14.
Spencer's Hunter Cauthron (152) won by 12-3 major decision over Juan Hernandez.
Hessensius said the Bulldog wrestlers made him proud with their performance on the mats Thursday.
"They earned a good victory and they should be happy," he said. "We will go back to work Friday and prepare for the tough Emmetsburg tournament on Saturday."