ESTHERVILLE -- The Le Mars wrestlers claimed a dual with Estherville Lincoln Central 41-32 and dropped a second dual to Emmetsburg Thursday.
"The dogs did well tonight and went 1-1," LCS wrestling coach Shane Hessenius said.
Le Mars 41, Estherville 32
The Bulldogs took three pins, one technical fall win, two decision wins and two forfeit wins for the win against Estherville Lincoln Central.
Estherville had four pins, one technical fall win and one decision win for the night.
"The wrestlers came out very well," Hessenius said.
The dual started with the 285 weight class where Tevita Moa-Lamp won by forfeit.
LCS matmen earning pins were Nic Madsen (106), Tanner Francksen-Small (113) and Chris Haman (160).
"Tanner Francksen-Small and Nic Madsen recorded big wins to put us up by 18. Tyler Carlson wrestled a very tough match and came out on top," Hessenius said. "The two wrestlers that made a difference in the dual were Chris Haman who pinned his kid at 160 and Mason Weiler who scored a tech fall."
Madsen pinned Easton Gifford in 3:21. Francksen-Small took his opponent Joel McCoy down in 2:57. Haman got Lee Christensen to the ground in 1:43.
Mason Weiler (126) earned the Bulldogs a technical fall win over Alex Molacek, 16-1.
Le Mars' Tyler Carlson (120) and Skyler Gries (138) earned decision wins.
Carlson took a 4-0 win from Cole Bucach and Gries claimed a 5-4 decision over Thomas Bortvit.
The Bulldogs took forfeit wins at 285 and 195.
Estherville took pins at 132, 145, 170 and 220, plus a technical fall win at 152 and a 13-9 decision win at 182.
Emmetsburg 43, Le Mars 34
The E-burg wrestlers claimed a close dual with the Bulldogs Thursday at Estherville.
"We were a one-match flip from beating Emmetsburg tonight," Hessenius said after the duals. "The 'stand-out' wrestler in this dual was Cody Sherlock. He wrestled up a weight class against a really tough kid and came away with a pin in the final seconds of the period."
Sherlock was one of two wrestlers to claim a pin against Emmetsburg.
LCS' Juan Hernandez (152) pinned Joe Schmidt in a grueling 4:58.
Sherlock (132) pinned Tyler Leuer in 1:56.
"I am very proud of Cody for bouncing back from a tough loss against ELC and then getting the pin," Hessenius said. "He wrestled like a 'champion' in his second match."
Le Mars' Nic Madsen (106) earned a 9-0 major decision win over Conner Cosgrove.
The Bulldogs took forfeit wins at 120, 160 and 285.
Emmetsburg took six pins, one major decision and one decision win against LCS.
The E-burg matmen pinned their Bulldog opponents at 113, 145, 170, 182, 195 and 220. Nicholas Merwald, at 126, claimed a 13-3 major decision win over Mason Weiler; and Chris VanHuevelen (138) took a close 8-7 decision from Le Mars' Sklyer Gries.
"Overall, the 'Dogs are hitting their stride; the men continue to get better every meet," Hessenius said. "We still have a couple wrestlers that are 'getting back on their feet' from not competing for so long during break, but we looked good tonight.
"We will have a tough schedule at the Heelan Duals, but one thing is for sure, this team will never give up," Hessenius added. "The coaches are very proud of all of the boys tonight, and we will go back to work tomorrow."
The Bulldogs' dual meet record now places LCS at fifth in the Lakes Conference.
"Our goal is to finish higher than this at the conference tournament," Hessenius said.