CHEROKEE -- The Le Mars Community grapplers dropped a pair of duals to Spirit Lake and Washington High, Cherokee Thursday.
Two Bulldog wrestlers were 2-0 for the night: Nic Madsen and Alex Hermes.
"The Le Mars wrestling team did well tonight," LCS head wrestling coach Shane Hessenius said after the duals. "Madsen is getting some momentum back after a rough showing at Emmetsburg. He has a positive never give up attitude. ... Alex Hermes did a good job tonight as well recording 12 points for the team."
Spirit Lake 54, LCS 30
Four pins by Le Mars Community wrestlers weren't enough to claim their dual Thursday against Spirit Lake.
The Indians won the dual 54-30.
"The boys did well against Spirit Lake considering we asked several young wrestlers to step in and work for the team," Hessenius said, noting that five LCS varsity wrestlers are currently out of the lineup for various reasons. "At 113 Donny Allaway looked very good tonight. He recorded a fall against Spirit Lake. We coaches were very proud of him stepping in and being a 'warrior' at 113 and only weighing about 105 pounds."
Earning pins for the Bulldogs were Mason Weiler, Alex Hermes, Nic Madsen and Donny Allaway.
Weiler (126) pinned Spirit Lake's Ben Parks in 2:45.
Hermes (220) pinned Cody Wernimont in 0:39.
Madsen (106) pinned Gage Roberts in 5:09 and Allaway (113) pinned John O'Neal in 1:46.
LCS' Tevita Moa-Lamp (285) won by forfeit.
For Spirit Lake, Doug Miller (120) pinned LCS' Tyler Carlson in 0:23, Ethan Bergendahl (132) pinned Seth Courtright in 5:06, Zach Skopec (138) pinned Skyler Gries in 0:47, Kenten Murray (145) pinned Luke DeBoer in 1:35, David Trucksess (152) pinned Chris Haman in 2:36, Justin Jones (160) pinned Treavor Mullally in 2:40, Jacob Jenness (182) pinned Dillan Belt in 1:42, and Brady Mart (195) pinned Jorge Pera-Ahumada in 0:35.
The Indians' Javier Tapia (170) won by forfeit.
Washington, Cherokee 43, Le Mars 42
It was nearly a draw between Le Mars and Washington High, Cherokee.
Washington broke the tie after tie-breaking criteria gave them one point for earning the most first match points.
Earning pins for Le Mars were Skyler Gries, Jorge Pera-Ahumada, Alex Hermes, Nic Madsen.
"Jorge got a fall against Cherokee which enabled Le Mars to tie with them prior to criteria kicking in," Hessenius said.
Donny Allaway (113), Tyler Hoffman (145) and Tyler Carlson (120) won by forfeit for the Bulldogs.
Gries (138) pinned his Washington opponent Andy Pitts in 2:33.
Pera-Ahumada (195) pinned the Braves' Skylar Mongan in 3:43.
Hermes (220) pinned Dallas Boger in 1:02.
Madsen (106) pinned Drake Bechtal in 3:31.
"Earning pins for the Braves were Hunter Morrow (126) over Mason Weiler in 2:12, Christian Lundy (132) over Seth Courtright in 1:59, Blake Booth (152) over Luke DeBoer in 3:24, Luke Zeimen (160) over Chris Haman in 0:51, Andras Lukas-Farcus (182) over Dillan Belt in 1:27, Michael Rosewall (285) over Tevita Moa-Lamp in 0:18.
Derek Bechtel (170) won by forfeit.
"Overall the coaches are very proud of our guys who are stepping into positions that they may not be technically 'ready' for," Hessenius said. "Many of these dual's come down to 'one more man' in the lineup. We are searching for the one more man who is going to step up, buy into our team concept and take care of the things that are keeping them off of the mat. With 'one more man' we would be 1-1 tonight."