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LCS wrestlers tie for third place at Spencer Invite

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

(Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter) LCS' Tevita Moa-Lamp takes control in the semifinal round of the Spencer Invitational Saturday over his opponent Gregory Palma of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Moa-Lamp, wrestling at 285 for LCS, won by 7-4 decision. He placed second in his weight class for the day. The Bulldogs earned a third-place finish.
SPENCER -- The Le Mars Bulldog matmen held their ground Saturday for a strong third place finish at the Spencer Invitational.

First place at the invite went to Spencer with 244.5 points. LCS scored 115 points for the tourney, tying with the Sioux Center grapplers.

"I was very proud of the team today," LCS head wrestling coach Shane Hessenius said. "The team was united and ready to wrestle. The boys are turning into men on the mat and that will continue to the end of the year."

Hessenius said every Bulldog wrestler contributed at Spencer to claim the third place finish.

"We are still down many guys and left three weight classes open today, but the guys that were in the lineup performed well," he said.

Leading for LCS were three Bulldog grapplers placing second in their weight classes.

At 106, Nic Madsen placed second; at 138 Skyler Gries claimed a second place finish, and at 285, Tevita Moa-Lamp wrestled his way to second. They each were 3-1 for the day.

"Madsen did a great job today winning his first two matches, and then battled in the finals. Nic is looking better each tournament that we go to," Hessenius said. "Skyler really put forth a good effort today and is getting stronger at every tournament. Tevita had the best tournament of his career. He said 'this is all new to me.' He could have been more aggressive in the finals, but overall it was a great day for him."

Placing third for the Bulldogs was Tyler Carlson at 120. He won his first match, lost his second and wrestled his way back with two more wins to claim the third place finish.

"Tyler was a little under the weather today. However, he was still able to rack up points and finish third in the tournament," Hessenius said. "I'm very proud of Tyler for wrestling well, even when he does not feel the best."

At 126 Mason Weiler had his best tournament finish of the season at fourth place.

"Mason wrestled tough today," the LCS coach said.

Placing fifth for LCS were Luke DeBoer (145), Chris Hamann (152), Dillan Belt (182) and Alex Hermes (220).

"Luke lost an overtime match in the wrestleback in which he poured his heart out," Hessenius said. "Luke will never give up and is always pushing for one more takedown."

Hamann's fifth place finish is his best this year. He went 2-2 for the day.

Hessenius said Belt did a great job to get the pin in the fifth/sixth place match.

"That really made a difference in the team score," the coach said.

Hessenius said Hermes was not happy finishing fifth.

"He knows he can do better," the coach said. "We know that he will rise to the occasion and finish better in our Le Mars Invitational after break."

At 132 Seth Courtright finished in sixth place at Spencer.

"I was really proud of his effort," Hessenius said. "At 160, Kyle Williams was beat out of the tournament but we are seeing good things from him on the mat."

The LCS matmen won't wrestle again until they host Western Christian, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Sibley-Ocheyedan in the Le Mars Invitational on Jan. 3.

"We will have a break now to get everyone healthy and I look forward to the rest of the season," Hessenius said.

Team scores at Spencer Invite:

1. Spencer, 244.5 points

2. Boyden Hull/Rock Valley, 220 points

3. Le Mars, 115 points

Sioux Center 115 points

5. Estherville - Lincoln Central, 110 points

Sibley-Ocheyedan, 110 points

7. Lawton-Bronson, 82 points

8. West Lyon, 65 points

9. "Clay County Crushers," 52.5 points

10. "Northwest Iowa Grapplers," 16 points

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