"The wrestlers did a great job today with the invitational," LCS wrestling coach Shane Hessenius said. "The Dogs' finish last year was seventh, so we are improving."
The LCS wrestlers faced a tough second and third round, Hessenius added.
Their finishes there moved them up to third place, then in the fourth round they dropped by one place to finish fourth as a team.
Tevita Moa-Lamp led the team with a second place finish.
Four Bulldogs claimed third place finishes for the day: Nic Madsen (106), Tyler Carlson (120), Skyler Gries (138) and Juan Hernandez (152).
Madsen won by pin over Alex Torno, of Sioux City North, in 3:51, then won by 9-2 decision over Nick Brockman, of Waterloo West. He then fell by 4-3 decision to Bryan Padilla, of South Sioux City before coming back to win by 16-0 technical fall over Drake Bechtal, of Cherokee Washington, in 4:00 to make his record 3-1 for the invite.
Carlson (3-1) pinned Blake Walton, of Hinton, in 2:15, fell by pin to Duece Phaly, of Sergeant Bluff-Luton, in 1:18, won by 6-4 decision over Chaz DeRocher and pinned Luis Reyna, of South Sioux City, in 0:30.
Gries went 3-1 for the day. He pinned Andy Pitts, of Cherokee Washington, in 1:23, lost by 6-4 decision to Jacob Showalter, of Waterloo West, then pinned Brandon Crowe, of South Sioux City, in 1:51, before winning by sudden victory 1 over Andy Pitts, of Cherokee Washington, 8-6.
Hernandez had a 2-1 record for the day, losing by 13-3 major decision to Sean Holgate, of South Sioux City, pinning Chris Hamann, of Le Mars, in 3:15, and winning by 10-4 decision over Brian Klein, of Sheldon/South O'Brien.
Four LCS wrestlers claimed fourth place for the day: Tanner Francksen-Small (113), Chris Hamann (152), Chris Hiserote (195) and Alex Hermes (220).
Franksen-Small went 2-2 for the tournament, taking pins over Desta Tesfay, of South Sioux City, in 1:52 and over Adrian Jurado, of Sioux City North, in 1:30.
Hiserote also went 2-2 for the day, pinning his Cherokee Washington opponent Skylar Mongan in 2:49 and his South Sioux City opponent Noah Uhing in 1:58.
Hermes also posted a 2-2 record, pinning Jacob Paige, of Waterloo West, in 3:35 and David Frost, of South Sioux City, in 3:30.
Hamann went 0-3 for the day, but claimed fourth place in his class.
Mitch Timp claimed a sixth place finish with a 1-3 record for the day.
He claimed his win by pin over Darin Greenfield of Sheldon/South O'Brien in 2:27.
Hessenius said he wanted to commend the wrestlers on their effort at the Le Mars Invite and thank the parents and community members for their support at the tournament.
"The opposing coaches all commented on how impressed they were with the facilities and how smooth the tournament was run," he said. "I think we will attempt to make our tournament larger next year and move to a 16-team tourney, which would move the JV into Carey Gym."
Team scores at the Le Mars Invitational:
1. Sioux City North, 260
2. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 251
3. Sheldon/South O'Brien, 169
4. Le Mars, 157
5. Waterloo West, 150.5
6. South Sioux City, 139.5
7. Cherokee Washington, 114
8. Sioux City West, 72
9. Hinton, 45