Le Mars girls win home wrestling tournament

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
(Photo By Roy Tucker) Le Mars Community’s Hadassa Vasquez tries to escape Spirit Lake Park’s Aroura Preston in their title match at 100 pounds. Vazquez took second in the class, one of seven Bulldogs to finish either first or second in their bracket.

LE MARS — The Le Mars Community girls wrestling team finished first of 13 at their own invitational on Saturday.

Earning a first place finish for the Bulldogs at 105 was Keira Hessenius. She got a bye and then pinned her other two opponents, finishing off Mackenzie Sandbulte of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in 37 seconds and Cassie McKeen of Spirit Lake Park in 2:56.

The other individual champion came at 170 as Desiree Breuer won all of her matches. After earning a bye, she pinned her next three foes beginning with a 47 second win by fall over Emma De Jong of BH/RV. She added a 3:33 pin of Tamson Budden from Sheldon/South O’Brien and a 3:11 pin of BH/RV’s Aria Rensink in the title match.

Hadassa Vasquez was runner-up in the 100 group. She advanced to the title match with a pair of byes before losing by fall in 2:30 to Aroura Preston of Spirit Lake Park.

Bailey Brady took second at 120. She won her first two matches by fall in similar times of 1:17 and 1:13, beating Dana Konz of Sheldon/South O’Brien and Jaimee Hazelett of Spirit Lake Park. In the first place match, Brady was pinned by Kendra Berglund of Sergeant Bluff-Luton in 5:37.

Kirsten Tyler took second at 125. She won her first three matches by fall. The first was a 1:16 pin over Sioux City North’s Analicia Salas and she followed with a 42 second pin of Sioux City West’s Mariah Barillas. In the semifinals she pinned West Lyon’s Juliette Taylor in 1:12. The only loss of the day came in the title match as Tyler dropped a 6-0 decision to Bellevue’s Adessa Leibfried.

Briar Hoppe took second at 130. She pinned Bellevue’s Kadence Michels in 52 seconds and West’s Nyamal Koang in 1:40. In the first place match, Hoppe was pinned in 1:19 by North’s Danyka Peterson.

Riley Ernst had the other silver for the team at 235. After a pair of byes, she met AHSTW’s Isabella Canada in the first place match and was pinned in 2:39.

The team added one bronze from Savanna Salen at 155. She had a quarterfinal round bye but then lost by fall in 41 seconds to Bellevue’s Kelsey Knief. Salen bounced back for a 1:37 win by fall over Kayla Sanchez of BH/RV in the third place match.

Other placing individuals for the team were Adriana Guerrero (4th-110), Kylie Hessenius (4th-115), Mac Ciaffa (4th-140), Sophie Bauman (5th-130), Kerene Panya (5th-145), Zoey Jeppesen (6th-190), Autumn Olsen (7th-135), Jacey Theisen (7th-170), Kirsten Ritz (8th-115) and Madalyn Johnson (8th-125).

Team scores: Le Mars 205, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 164, Sioux City North 102, Sioux City West 102, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 101, Bellevue 77, Spirit Lake Park 65, West Lyon 61, Sioux Center 52, Sheldon/South O’Brien 47, Sioux City East 44, Western Christian 43, AHSTW 22.

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