Although it finished with no conference champions, West Hancock was still pleased with its showing Saturday at the Top of Iowa Conference tournament in Forest City.
“We only had nine guys and I thought the guys competed hard,” West Hancock coach Mark Sanger said. “We had young guys down early and they came all the way back through. We had some guys I thought battled pretty hard and we took a step forward.”
West Hancock’s lone finalist Hunter Hagen saw his dream of a conference title cut short in the 195-pound championship.
Hagen carried a 2-0 lead into the final period, and was up 2-1 late in the match before Lake Mills’ Gabe Irons scored a takedown with 17 seconds remaining to go on for a 3-2 win by decision.
“Two weeks in a row he kind of had the same match,” Sanger said of Hagen. “He had some things happen that he kind of gets away from the game plan. These were two good wrestlers and they’re going to go at it the next couple of weeks. Hunter just has to stick with the game plan.”
The Eagles had three wrestlers finish with third-place performances.
Tate Hagen beat Lake Mills’ Elijah Wagner 6-1 to take third at 160, Caleb Eckels grabbed a 9-5 win over Lake Mills’ Drake Harnish to take third at 182, and Chandler Redenius won by a 4-0 decision to take third at 285.
Also for the Eagles, Cole Kelly finished fourth at 170, Dalton Subject was fifth at 138, Justin Ausborn took seventh at 152, and Reed Brown was eighth at 132.