"I am proud of the team's performance tonight," LCS wrestling coach Shane Hessenius said. "The men looked a little rusty, but we will take wins when we can get them."
The Bulldogs were led by junior Chris Haman (152) and sophomore Nic Madsen (106) who both scored two falls for LCS.
In the Western Christian/Unity Christian dual, Le Mars' Alex Hermes (220), Haman and Madsen pinned their opponents.
Haman downed Mark Altena in 0:35.
Madsen pinned Tommy Weidauer in 0:50.
"Nic wrestled with energy and came out with intensity that I have not seen yet this year," Hessenius said.
LCS also claimed five forfeits to secure the Bulldog win. Tevita Moa-Lamp (285), Tyler Carlson (120), Mason Weiler (126), Seth Courtright (132) and Skyler Gries (138) won by forfeit.
Western Christian's other six wrestlers earned pins for the night. Matt Henning (113) pinned LCS' Tanner Francksen-Small in 2:14, Zach De Jager (145) pinned Luke DeBoer in 2:34, Jacob Van Ginkel (160) pinned Kyle Williams in 0:26, David Weidauer (170) pinned Brody Mathey in 1:42, Drew Hoekstra (182) pinned Dillan Belt in 1:01 and Joseph Bootsma (195) pinned Jorge Pera-Ahumada in 1:20.
Le Mars 48, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 36
Five wins fueled the Bulldogs' 48-36 win over HMS Thursday.
Madsen, Carlson, Haman, Belt and Moa-Lamp earned pins against the Hawks.
Madsen (106) pinned Daniel Rivera in 2:19.
Carlson (120), a sophomore at LCS, pinned Bram Meyer in 0:10.
"His match didn't last very long," Hessenius said. "He looked really solid tonight."
Haman (152) pinned Skylar Towne in 2:59.
"The performance of the night was from Chris Haman," Hessenius. "He filled in for Juan Hernandez and racked up two falls for us."
Belt (182), an LCS sophomore, pinned Jackson Swanson in 3:37 and Moa-Lamp, a senior, pinned Evan Thorn in 1:49.
"Dillan Belt wrestled his heart out," Hessenius said. "And Tevita Moa-Lamp got us a huge win to seal the match against HMS."
LCS also took three forfeit wins to keep them out of the Hawks' reach. Le Mars' Weiler (126), Gries (138) and Hermes (220) won by forfeit.
HMS had six pins for the night.
Joseph Rivera (113) pinned Francksen-Small in 1:31, Heath Nagel (132) pinned Courtright in 0:51, Dakota Drenth (145) pinned DeBoer in 0:50, Gage Towne (160) pinned Williams in 1:24, Michael Dau (170) pinned Mathey in 4:42 and Cameron VandenBrink (195) pinned Pera-Ahumada in 2:47.
"At 132, Seth Courtright did a great job filling a spot and competing against a tough wrestler," Hessenius said. "At 145, Luke DeBoer wrestled tough matches. I believe that more than almost everyone Luke has a 'motor' that is always running at 100 mph. I appreciate that about him."
Hessenius said he is looking forward to the Bulldogs' wrestling squad being full strength for the Le Mars Invitational on Jan. 12 and the upcoming Heelan Duals.
"If we can get everyone healthy we will see even better results from our team," he said. "We have a really tough tournament on Saturday at Forest City and many of our guys will be tested to the max. It will be interesting to see how they respond. I know that they will prove that they are up for the challenge."