KINGSLEY -- A three-point difference separated Hinton at second place and Akron-Westfield who tied with MMC/Remsen-Union at third in the Kingsley-Pierson Wrestling Invite this past Saturday.
Pocahontas won the K-P Invite with 185 points.
The Hinton Blackhawks followed with 169 points for the second place title.
The Westerners tied it up with Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union with 166 points at third.
Kingsley-Pierson's grapplers claimed sixth place of the eight teams at their invite with 91.5 points.
Hinton takes second
Hinton wrestling coach Jan George said it was the first time in school history the Blackhawks placed second at the K-P Invite.
"In a sport where one battles individually, it turned out to be a team effort by the Hinton Blackhawk wrestlers," George said. "We have been talking all season that we need to be wrestling our best by the end of the season and, with only a couple of weeks left, it looks like the wrestlers are a group of believers."
The Hinton coach noted that his wrestlers scored bonus points in 21 matches.
"Had they not done that we would have finished in fourth," George said. "Each young man stepped out and went for it, leaving no doubt that they wanted to win championships."
Hinton's Skyler Richter (126) claimed the lone championship title at the K-P Invite for the Blackhawks.
Richter was undefeated for the day, pinning all of his opponents.
He felled Dameon Doyen, of Pocahontas, in a quick 0:40, then took down Matthew Peck, of MMC, in 3:05. Richter pinned Tyler Jewett, of Westwood, in 3:00.
Earning a second place finish for the day were Cole Mills (113) and Taylor Schroeder (132).
"Both Mills and Schroeder ran into their nemesis Zac Ulvin at 113 from Westwood and Heath Nagel at 132 from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn," George noted.
Before meeting up with Ulven, who took the 113 championship match by 4-2 decision, Mills pinned his first opponent, Michael Siebens, of Akron-Westfield, in 0:52, then won by 5-4 decision over Mitchel Brinkman, of the Pocahontas Area.
Schroeder pinned his first two opponents, CJ Phelan, of Kingsley-Pierson, in 0:54, and Tristin Stibbens, of Ridge View, in 3:15. Then he lost in a 9-4 decision to Heath Nagel, of HMS.
"I am very proud of our seniors who all wrestled well in their stacked weight classes," George said.
Werner Trieweiler (182) earned third place and Colin Poss at (160) and Quinton Robinson (152) took fourth place for the day.
"Each one my seniors showed great leadership by being able to turn around disappointments of not making the finals by wrestling hard to get to the consolation finals," George said.
For Hinton, Blake Walton (120) and Jacob Vondrak (145) also claimed third places, and Lucas Vondrak (106) took fourth, while Alec Wodtke (170), Jordan Gengler (195) and Seth Dammonn (220) claimed fifth place finishes.
"The young wrestlers stepped up, following the leaders, and responded with great performances of their own," George said. "All in all a great day and a great way to be physically and mentally ready for sectionals Feb 2."
A-W ties for third
For A-W, two wrestlers claimed first place at the K-P Invite.
Tommy Toben (120) and Daniel Dirks (138) finished on top in the finals.
Toben pinned his first two opponents, Dylan Richards, of Ridge View, in 1:30, and Blake Walton, of Hinton, in 0:42, then won by 14-4 major decision over Alex Montes, of West Sioux.
Dirks pinned all three of his opponents at K-P. He felled Sergio Carbajal, of Ridge View, in 3:47, pinned Mark Peters, of MMC, in 3:03, then took down Isaac Reis, of Kingsley-Pierson, in 5:08.
A-W's Cole Oltmanns (145) took second for his class, pinning his first two opponents, Lucas Turner, of K-P, in 0:59, and Tony Baker, of Westwood, in 3:48, before falling by pin in the finals to Dakota Drenth, of HMS, in 4:48.
Chet Willer (195) also took second for A-W, pinning his first two opponents. He felled Jordan Gengler, of Hinton, in 0:45, and Chris Weiler, of K-P in 0:17, before losing his finals match with Jeremy Watson, of the Pocahontas Area, by pin in 1:15.
Taylor James (182), of A-W, also made it to the finals and claimed a second place.
James pinned his first opponent, Werner Trieweiler, of Hinton, in 0:33, then lost by 3-2 decision to Justin Theisen, of MMC, in the finals.
Taking third for Akron-Westfield were: Dylan Blinde (152), Jacob Bergman (160) and Chance Gant (170). Mike Siebens (113) placed sixth in his class for the Westerners.
MMC/RU ties for third
MMC/RU had three first place finishers at K-P.
In the finals, Jacob Meehan (170) defeated David Olson, of Pocahontas Area; Theisen (182) defeated James, of Akron, in a 3-2 decision; and Ben Phillips (220) defeated Henry Sippel, of Ridgeview.
Meehan received the award for the fastest pin of the tournament.
Two wrestlers earned second for MMC/RU. Conner Holmes took second in the 152 weight class and Levi Letsche took second in the 285 weight class for the day.
Two K-P wrestlers in finals
Two Kingsley-Pierson wrestlers made it to the finals at the K-P Invite.
Isaac Reis took second place in the 138 weight class, falling by pin in the finals to Dirks, of Akron, in a grueling 5:08 match.
John McNaughton claimed second in the 160 weight class, losing the final match in a close 13-11 decision to Dru Kenney, of Ridgeview.
Two wrestlers, Zach Ulven, of Westwood, and Jacob Meehan, of MMC/RU, tied for the Outstanding Wrestler Award as voted on by the coaches.
K-P Invite team scores:
1. Pocahontas Area, 185
2. Hinton, 169
3. Akron-Westfield, 166
5. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 103.5
6. Kingsley-Pierson, 91.5
7. West Sioux, 83
8. Westwood, 82