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LCS matmen third at Lakes Conference Tourney

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Le Mars wrestler Skylar Gries works hard to take down his Spirit Lake opponent. He finished second in his class (138) on Friday.
LE MARS -- The Bulldogs wrestled hard Friday and earned a third place finish in the Lakes Conference Tournament, only 5.5 points away from the second place team, Spirit Lake Park.

Spencer claimed first place with 241.5 points at the Lakes Conference Tourney, held in Le Mars Community's new gymnasium.

The Bulldogs tallied 173 points for the day.

(Sentinel photo kent jones) LCS grappler Nic Madsen is hard at work against Spirit Lake's Zach Skoped in their championship round matchup. Madsen finished first place in the 106 weight class by a 3-2 decision win in the final round.
"The Dogs finished well today. They wrestled great. The wrestlers today fought like they have all year; however, we are starting to see more results," LCS wrestling coach Shane Hessenius said. "The performances of the night went to the entire team. It has been a long time since we finished 5.5 points out of second place."

LCS' Nic Madsen led the 'Dogs with a first place finish in the 106 weight class, beating out Spencer's Dylan Huntoon at second place and Cherokee's Drake Bechtel in third to take the class title.

Six other 'Dogs place in the top three in their class.

Second place finishers for Le Mars were Skyler Gries (138), Juan Hernandez (152) and Tevita Moa-Lamp (285).

Third place finishes from Le Mars were Tyler Carlson (120), Chris Hiserote (195) and Alex Hermes (220)

Six other Bulldog wrestlers placed in the top six, earning team points for LCS.

Tanner Francksen-Small (113) and Tyler Hoffman (145) earned fourth place for the day.

Mason Weiler (125) and Chris Hamann (160) claimed fifth place in their class, and Kyle Williams (170) and Dillan Belt (182) took sixth place at the tourney.

For Madsen to claim his first place finish, he first took a bye in the quarterfinal, then pinned his Estherville Lincoln Central opponent Easton Gifford in 2:42.

In the final round, wrestling for first place against Huntoon, Madsen fought out a 3-2 decision win to take the class title.

Madsen has a 29-8 record.

Gries claimed second place by first pinning Thomas Bortvit, of Estherville Lincoln Central, in 4:40, then earning a 7-5 decision win over Tyson Samsel, of Spencer in the semifinal.

In the final round fight for first place, Gries, who has a 23-14 record, battled hard but lost by technical fall to Zach Skopec, of Spirit Lake, who has a record of 39-2.

At 152, Hernandez took second place by first earning a 15-7 major decision win over Cole Feltner, of Storm Lake. Hernandez, who has a 10-15 record, then pinned his Western Christian opponent, Mark Altena, in 1:44.

In the final round, Hernandez lost by 7-2 decision to Billy Snyder, of Estherville, who has a 24-7 record.

Moa-Lamp earned second place after pinning his first opponent, Tanner Dahm, of Emmetsburg, in 3:55.

The LCS wrestler took his second pin of the day against Cody Norton, of Spirit Lake, in a grueling 5:24 in the semifinal round.

Moa-Lamp, who has a 17-12 record, fell just short of first, losing by pin to Cherokee's Michael Rosewall, who has a 34-2 record, in 0:49.

To claim third place, Carlson went 3-1 for the day. He first earned a 6-0 decision win over Cole Budach, of Estherville. In the semifinal round, though, Carlson was pinned by Doug Miner, of Spirit Lake, in 0:56.

Carlson fought back through the consolation semifinal with a 12-3 major decision win over Darren Eades, of Storm Lake, before earning a 7-3 decision win in the third-place match over Budach.

Hiserote took third for the day. He first received a bye in the quarterfinal round, then lost by pin to Austin McCartan, of Emmetsburg, who held an undefeated record. Hiserote wrestled his way back with a pin over Ben Pingel, of Spencer, in 2:45. Hiserote claimed third with a 4-0 decision win over Joseph Bootsma, of Western Christian, in the third place round.

Hermes placed third, taking a bye in the quarterfinal round, then losing by pin to Chase Bonner, of Estherville, in a tough 5:25 semifinal match. Hermes came back with a pin over Tony Botcher, of Spencer, in 3:27 and a second pin for the day over Cody Wernimont, of Spirit Lake, in a quick 0:51 in the third place final.

Francksen-Small took fourth after he received a bye in the quarterfinal round, then lost by 13-6 decision to Trevor Streuli, of Spencer. Francksen-Small pinned his next opponent, Drexler John, of Storm Lake, in 4:48, then lost by pin to Matt Henning, of Western Christian, in 1:10.

Hoffman took fourth after first losing by pin to Kyle Wiegert, of Storm Lake, in 1:42, then taking a bye in the first round of consolation matches. Hoffman then won by injury default over Zach De Jager, of Western Christian in the consolation semifinal, before falling by pin to Hunter Cauthron, of Spencer, in 1:26.

Weiler, who took fifth, first lost by 13-5 major decision to Ronald Duque, of Storm Lake, then received a bye in his next round. He lost by 4-0 decision to Nicholas Merwald, of Emmetsburg, before he won the fifth place match in an 11-5 decision over Ben Parks, of Spirit Lake.

Hamann, who placed fifth, first lost by pin to Luke Zeiemn, of Cherokee, then pinned Wes Brennan, of Emmetsburg, in 1:24. Hamann lost by pin to Gran Lausen, of Estherville, in 5:59, then took the fifth place match with a pin over Justin Jones, of Spirit Lake, in 1:31.

Williams took sixth for the day, first falling by pin to Jake Bortvit, of Estherville, in 1:38, then taking a bye in the next round. He lost by pin to David Weidauer, of Western Christian, in 1:41, then fell in an 8-4 decision to Bortvit in the fifth place match.

Belt took sixth place also, first being pinned by Adrian Castillo, of Storm Lake, in 2:23, then taking a bye. He lost his next two matches by pin, one to Pierce Jensen, of Spencer, in 1:11, and then to Skylar Mongan, of Cherokee, in 0:40.

Cody Beck (132) also wrestled for the Bulldogs Friday and did not place.

The wrestlers headed back to the mats Saturday for a practice and competed again Monday.

"We will do everything in our power to finish well at districts," Hessenius said after the team's third place finish at the Lakes Conference Tourney. "This is just a milestone for this team. The coaches are so proud of the wrestlers, they represented our community very well."

Hessenius said the Lakes Conference Tournament ran smoothly at LCS' new gymnasium.

"I would like to thank all of those who helped," he said.

Lakes Conference Tourney team scores:

1. Spencer, 241.5

2. Spirit Lake Park, 178.5

3. Le Mars, 173

4. Emmetsbug, 153

5. Estherville Lincoln Central, 135.5

6. Cherokee, 127

7. Storm Lake, 115.5

8. Western Christian, 74

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