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Sectional Wrestling: 'Devils, Huskies, Bulldogs roll

Sectional Wrestling: 'Devils, Huskies, Bulldogs roll

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Globe-Gazette photo by ARIAN SCHUESSLER

Charles City's Luke Sisson (left) battles with Hampton-Dumont's Kyle Schroeder in their 130-pound Class 2A sectioinal match at Osage Saturday. Neither wrestler advanced to the district meet.

Sunday, February 13, 2000


DICK JOHNSON and TIM MASMAR, Of The Globe-Gazette

OSAGE- Fifth-ranked Osage crowned six individual champions and two runners-up to capture the team title at a Class 2A sectional wrestling tournament Saturday.

Top-ranked Trent Goodale of Osage, last year's 112-pound state champion, placed first at 119 pounds and remains unbeaten. Teammate Dusty Pollard, ranked No. 6, won the 103-pound title.

The top two finishers at each weight advance to the district meet next Saturday at Iowa Falls. Osage will compete Tuesday in a regional dual teams event.

"We wrestled pretty well," Osage coach Brent Jennings said. "We're stepping it up at the right time of year. Our kids are pretty fired up and wrestling pretty solid. It should be good for us going into districts, with that many champs and wrestling as well as we are. We've got the ball rolling and things are going pretty good."

Jennings praised his champions, including 145-pound Joe Uker, who won his first varsity tournament, and 140-pound Derek Balsley, who defeated Clear Lake's Reed Baack. Baack had defeated Balsley in overtime earlier this season.

"Osage is very, very good. They wrestled great," said Clear Lake coach Gary Weber, whose team finished third. "They have a nice team. I wish them the best and hope they go to the state duals."

The Green Devils defeated Charles City by 22 points for the title. The Comets had champions in Tyler Sullivan (112), Matt Pavlovich (152), Chad Wendel (189) and Steve Hitchcock (275). Pavlovich is ranked fifth.

"Our magic number was six," Charles City coach David Williams said. "Less than six would've been disappointing, more than six would've been great."

Williams said 275-pound Steve Hitchcock, among others, "had a great day," but returning state qualifier Tyler Reams wasn't so fortunate. Williams said the 135-pounder hurt his knee in January and returned this week thinking he was ready to go, only to injure himself again.

"He showed a lot of heart and came back to get third, Williams said. "I was pretty proud of him."

NC/N-K got victories from Zach Madsen at 160 and No. 3 Cody Hickle at 171. Teammates Andrew Haacke (112), Trevor Madsen (130), Matt Kruger (140) and Kyle Edwards (152) also advance. Edwards, ranked fourth in 2A, finished second to Charles City's Pavlovich.

Aaron Nelson won the 135-pound title for Clear Lake. The Lions' Mike Billings (119) and Jeff Hall (189) also qualified for the district meet.

"It was a typical tournament," Weber said. "We had five in the finals; three of them lost and two of them lost in the wrestlebacks. We're still young. We have quite a bit back.

"We were hoping to get six or seven through," he added, "but we knew it was going to be tough going in. Osage and Charles City wrestled very well."


Osage 223, Charles City 201, Clear Lake 171, NC/NK 166, Hampton-Dumont 100, Belmond-Klemme 75.


103 - 1. Dusty Pollard (O), 2. Kyle Reams (CC), 3. Les Graeser (H-D).

112 - 1. Tyler Sullivan (CC), 2. Andrew Haacke (NC/NK), 3. Will Hendrickson (CL).

119 - 1. Trent Goodale (O), 2. Mike Billings (CL), 3. Dominic Vance (CC).

125 - 1. Scott Michels (O), 2. Kent Reams (CC), 3. Mike Piper (CL).

130 - 1. Ross Kuper (O), 2. Trevor Madsen (NC/N-K), 3. Ryan Baack (CL).

135 - 1. Aaron Nelson (CL), 2. Reed Kuper (O), 3. Tyler Reams (CC).

140 - 1. Derek Balsley (O), 2. Matt Kruger (NC/N-K), 3. Reid Baack (CL).

145 - 1. Joe Uker (O), 2. Chase McLaughlin (B-K), 3. Eric Becker (CL).

152 - 1. Matt Pavlovich (CC), 2. Kyle Edwards (NC/N-K), 3. Tracy Kleckner (O).

160 - 1. Zach Madsen (NC/N-K), 2. Jaime Guerrero (H-D), 3. Mike Smalley (O).

171 - 1. Cody Hickle (NC/N-K), 2. Kyle Thompson (O), 3. Jake Hubert (CC).

189 - 1. Chad Wendel (CC), 2. Jeff Hall (CL), Josh Pokorney (NC/N-K).

275 - 1. Steve Hitchcock (CC), 2. John Quasdorf (H-D), 3. Jermiah Dosser (O).


Top-ranked Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted had eight champions - including each of the first six weights - and defeated Estherville-Lincoln Central for the sectional title.

Algona High got victories from Brian Thacker at 140 pounds, and No. 2-ranked Travis Struecker at 171. Struecker earned an 11-2 major decision over No. 5 Travis Olson of Estherville-Lincoln Central.

Algona's Brian Petersen also qualified by finishing second at 130 pounds. He came back through the wrestlebacks to qualify.

The top two finishers at each weight will compete Saturday in a 2A district tournament at Emmetsburg.


Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted 250, Estherville-Lincoln Central 162.5, Algona High 160.5, Sibley-Ocheydan 132, Spirit Lake Park 101, Sheldon 80.


103 - 1. Jacob Naig (EBurg), 2. Nate Evans (EVille), 3. Travis Lewis (Spirit).

112 - 1. Maury Noonan (EBurg), 2. Dallas Lowry (Spirit), 3. Ray Roof (Algona).

119 - 1. Dan Thompson (EBurg), 2. Brian Adams (Spirit), 3. Jeremy Kissner (Algona).

125 - 1. J.D. Naig (EBurg), 2. Jeff Rierson (EVille), 3. Keenan Schipper (Algona).

130 - 1. Mitch Preston (EBurg), 2. Brian Petersen (Algona), 3. Jacob Molacek (EVille).

135 - 1. Alex Brandenburg (EBurg), 2. Brent Seiser (EVille), 3. Jim DeWaard (Algona).

140 - 1. Brian Thacker (Algona), 2. Tony Miller (Spirit), 3. Ryan Ohrtman (EBurg).

145 - 1. Mark Sturm (EBurg), 2. Joe Bjornstad (Spirit), 3. Bob Sankey (Algona).

152 - 1. Justin Marco (Sibley), 2. Ryan Sturm (EBurg), 3. Thad Cook (Algona).

160 - 1. Travis Hinners (EBurg), 2. Andy Gacke (Sibley), 3. Andrew Dighton (Sheldon).

171 - 1. Travis Struecker (Algona), 2. Travis Olson (EVille), 3. Mike Kruger (Sheldon).

189 - 1. Jon Peterson (EVille), 2. Tom Mathisen (EBurg), 3. Mike Jager (Sheldon).

275 - 1. Adam Prins (Sibley), 2. Chad Severson (EVille), 3. Mike Oldenkamp (Sheldon).


Team champion Nashua-Plainfield crowned four champions and one runner-up. Newman Catholic had one individual champion and two second-place finishers to take second place.

The top-two finishers in each weight class advance to the district tournament next Saturday at Aplington-Parkersburg High.

"We came in expecting to get more through," said Newman coach Mark Bertsch. "We made a gallant effort at the end, but we knew from the start that we had to prevent some of our big matches from getting away from us."

Newman's Adam Pritchard didn't let anything get away from him as he claimed the 145 pound weight class with a win over Greene's Kurt Behnke.

"Adam did an outstanding job of keeping himself together today," said Bertsch. "He is only a sophomore and this (advancing) should be a good experience for him."

Also advancing for Newman were Nolan Servantez (119), Chris Wilder (125), and Jacob Kruckenberg (103). All three were second-place finishers.

"It was nice to see Jacob get through, and Nolan bounced back nicely in the consolation round," Bertsch said.

The Knights actually began the day feeling good about themselves after the early morning weigh-in.

"Coming out of the seedings, I thought we were sitting great," said Bertsch. "My assistant (Mark Huppert) came up to me and said the kids were ready to go, so we were confident."

Bertsch even tried a new approach to keeping the kids loose, asking them to stay in the locker rooms the first couple of rounds, instead of watching the other matches. Mentally, he said, it was a good approach and it is an idea he will probably use again.

"The guys feel bad because we had a chance today but we didn't pull it off," he said. "They are a great group of kids and the good news is we, potentially, have a good group of juniors and sophomores returning next year."

Two of those sophomores, Shawn Moorehead and Tanner Hoel, both expected to advance to next weekend, but fell Saturday, ending two fantastic sophomore seasons. "Both of them feel terrible," said Bertsch. "But they had great years for us."


Nashua-Plainfield 182, Newman Catholic 176, Riceville 143.5, Nora Springs-Rock Falls 135.5, Tripoli 101, Greene 96, Clarksville 92.5, St. Ansgar 89, R-R-MR 44.


103- 1. Derek Pike (NS-RF), 2. Jacob Kruckenberg (New), 3. Bruce Bearman (N-P).

112- 1. Andy Norton (C), 2. Travis Stangel (NS-RF), 3. Justin Osgood (SA).

119- 1. Jeremy Johnson (C), 2. Nolan Servantez (New), 3. James Ebling (G).

125- 1. Jeremy Harrington (N-P), 2. Chris Wilder (New), 3. Jake Heimer (NS-RF).

130- 1. Danny Ebling (G), 2. Travis Pike (NS-RF), 3. Matt Theilen (N-P).

135- 1. Brad Glaser (N-P), 2. Derek Jacobsen (NS-RF), 3. Bret Mayer (R).

140- 1. Garrett Kalvig (N-P), 2. Clint Stuntz (G), Matt Blickenderfer (NS-RF).

145- 1. Adam Pritchard (New), 2. Kurt Behnke (G), 3. Marshall Dvorak (R).

152- 1. Danny Adams (R), 2. Adam Trappe (NS-RF), 3. Dave Kenne (New).

160- 1. Aaron Goodrich (T), Rusty Litterer (N-P), Jordan Hunchis (New).

171- 1. Mike Schwark (R), Jacob Bucknell (T), Shawn Moorehead (New).

189- 1. Willie Schroeder (R), Nathan Levan (SA), Seth Biesterfelt (T).

275- 1. Ryan Demro (N-P), Mike Kuecker (T), Ryan Norton (C).


As expected, Lake Mills ran away with the Class 1A team title Saturday afternoon, amassing 241 team points. The Bulldogs had seven champions and two second-place finishers.

The top two finishers at each weight class advance to next Saturday's district meet at Pocahontas.

Lake Mills entered the sectionals rated No. 4 in Class 1A and runnerup Eagle Grove was No. 7.

"We wrestled real strong, up and down the whole lineup," Lake Mills assistant coach Jim Boehmer said. "Our young kids even stepped up real well for us. Keith Hebrink was just exceptional."

Hebrink, a freshman, was seeded third at 130 pounds. He defeated West Hancock's Mark Muth, the North Iowa Conference champion, who had beaten Hebrink earlier this season.

"He really stepped up," Boehmer said of Hebrink. "And that's his first tournament win of the year. And to do it at sectionals is even better. For him to do that as a freshman was just exceptional."

At 103 pounds, Lake Mills' Jason Sprecher (27-1) defeated Eagle Grove's Luke Reiland, in a matchup featuring No. 2 in the state versus No. 3. At 119 pounds, No. 1 ranked Chris Helgeson (30-2), of Lake Mills, defeated Brook Biesell of Eagle Grove by technical fall in 4:34 to win the title.

David Back (31-1) of Lake Mills beat Eagle Grove's Kurt McGonegle, 5-2 for the 125-pound championship.

At 135, Lake Mills' Brad Helgeson (28-4) defended his No. 3 ranking with a championship decision over Southeast Webster's Jon Woodin, and Kurtis Williamson, of Eagle Grove, defeated Lake Mills' Andy Gregor (23-7) after coming in rated No. 3, as well.

The only other rated wrestler competing, No. 4 Alex Rice (25-4) of Lake Mills, earned a 2-0 decision over Eagle Grove's Clark Morgan.

"We did not have a weak performance," Boehmer said. "Everybody did what they needed to do, and we're real pleased with that. It was fun today. It was real fun."


Lake Mills 241, Eagle Grove 196, West Hancock 111, Garner-Hayfield 109.5, Twin River Valley 104, Clarion-Goldfield 101, Fort Dodge St. Edmond (78), Southeast Webster 62.


103 - 1. Jason Sprecher (LM), 2. Luke Reiland (EG).

112 - 1. Justin McClintock (EG), 2. Nick Albrecht (St. Ed).

119 - 1. Chris Helgeson (LM), 2. Brook Biesell (EG).

125 - 1. David Back (LM), 2. Kurt McGonegle (EG).

130 - 1. Keith Hebrink (LM), 2. Mark Muth (WH).

135 - 1. Brad Helgeson (LM), 2. Jon Woodin (CG).

140 - 1. Brad Asche (EG), 2. Matt Hatland (LM).

145 - 1. Jeremy Locke (LM), 2. Greg Christie (GH).

152 - 1. Adam Short (C-G), 2. Jesse McGrady (St. Ed).

160 - 1. Scott Rollefson (G-H), 2. Mitch Lynch (TRV).

171 - 1. Kurtis Williamson (EG), 2. Andy Gregor (LM).

189 - 1. Mark Sanger (WH), 2. Jes Willwerth (EG).

275 - 1. Alex Rice (LM), 2. Clark Morgan (EG).


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