FOREST CITY -- The Le Mars matmen showed their fire but faced a tough day at the Forest City Invite, claiming seventh place for the day.
"Today was a tough day for the dogs," LCS wrestling coach Shane Hessenius said. "The Forest City Invite is a tough tournament. I was very pleased with the 'fight' today at the tournament. We wrestled better than we did last week Thursday; however, the competition was much stiffer."
Four LCS wrestlers logged two wins at Forest City.
Nic Madsen (106), Tyler Carlson (120), Alex Hermes (220) and Tevita Moa-Lamp (285) each went 2-2 for the day.
Madsen won his first match by 8-0 major decision over Algona's Tyler Decker.
He then fell by 5-4 decision to Maxwell Forsyth of Charles City before claiming a technical fall win over Emmetsburg's Dillon Van Oosbree, 16-0.
Madsen had beat Van Oosbree 5-4 earlier in the year, Hessenius noted.
Carlson won his first match by pin over Brandon Klaes of Riceville/St. Ansgar in 2:46. He lost by 9-3 decision to Ryan Faught of Clear Lake and by pin to Tristan Boehm of Forest City in 5:00.
Then Carlson rallied back to win by 5-0 decision over Klaes again.
Hermes won his first match by 5-4 decision over Michael Mather of Algona, then was pinned by Sawyer Hulshizer of St. Ansgar/Riceville in 0:23. Hermes came back to pin Le Mars' Denton Ohlrichs in 0:40, then was pinned by Tyler Putney of Forest City in 2:56.
Moa-Lamp lost his first match by 8-6 decision to Dalton Hamm, of Charles City, but he fought back with a pin over Chandler Holmes, of Algona, in 1:24 in his second match.
Moa-Lamp was pinned by Mitchell Jordan, of Clear Lake, in his third round in 5:00, but earned a pin in his fourth round with Zach Laidig, of Forest City, in 2:32.
Hessenius noted that Le Mars' Tony Fifita and Denton Ohlrichs got their first varsity wins at Forest City.
Fifita won his first match, pinning Chance Saathoff, of Emmetsburg, in 2:59.
Ohlrichs (220) won his second round match by 3-0 decision over Devon Winterink, of Charles City.
"I look forward to Denton going to 195 and filling a spot for us," Hessenius said.
Skyler Gries, of Le Mars, also won his first match, pinning Rugby Sliger, of Rockford, in 1:25.
Hessenius mentioned several other wrestler's performances for the day.
"Robert Iron Shell was a warrior at 160 competing in his first varsity tournament," the coach said. "And Alex Singer, a first-year wrestler as a senior, earned his first win in the JV tournament. I am very proud of him. He has come a long way considering where he started."
Team scores at Forest City were:
1. Charles City, 262
2. Algona, 157
3. Clear Lake, 156
4. Forest City, 135
5. Riceville/St. Ansgar, 123
6. Emmetsburg, 119
7. Le Mars, 71.5
8. Rockford, 41
"Overall we are not happy with a seventh place finish at the tournament," Hessenius said. "However, earlier in the year Le Mars finished 80 points behind Emmetsburg in their tourney, at this tourney we were 47.5 points behind them. We are making progress."
The LCS coach said the Bulldogs' team is still not quite at full strength.
"I have challenged several wrestlers to step it up and be more consistent," Hessenius said. "We are now going to start to see some opponents that we will see at district time. The Bulldog wrestlers will be up to the challenge and look forward to our invite."