EMMETSBURG - With two of Estherville Lincoln Central's wrestlers out of action due to illness, the Midgets did well to split the final Lakes Conference double dual of the 2011-12 season.
Not present for Thursday's match were senior heavyweight Gable Bonner and sophomore 120-pounder Oscar Ramirez. Both were state qualifiers a year ago.
However, ELC took care of LeMars 46-27, but fell to host Emmetsburg 52-21 in the nightcap.
Estherville Lincoln Central’s Blake Gjerde works for the pin against LeMars’ Luke DeBoer during Lakes Conference wrestling action in Emmetsburg on Thursday.
EDN photo by Moriah Hawn
Bonner's absence was felt immediately as the dual against LeMars began at heavyweight and ELC had to forfeit.
The Midgets were quickly in a 12-0 deficit as Joel McCoy loss by fall at 106 pounds, but then LeMars forfeited to Cole Budach at 113 pounds.
With Ramirez absent, both teams were open at 120 pounds.
Austin Egeland received a forfeit at 126 pounds as ELC tied the match at 12-12.
At 132 pounds, Anthony Segura gave up a decision. 13-7.
Blake Gjerde (138) gave ELC the lead for good as he pinned Luke DeBoer in 1:57.
Senior Evan Howing (145) followed with a 15-3 major decision over Skyler Gries.
Brother Aaron Howing (152) followed with a pin in 1:45 over Brad Westhoff.
It was the first of three straight pins for ELC as Alex Blomquist (160) pinned Mitchell Weaver in 5:53 and Lee Bates (170) pinned Nate Kessenich in 31 seconds.
At 182, Grant Lausen lost by fall in 1:15.
Cole Mace (195) followed with the quickest pin of the night for ELC, winning in 17 seconds over Dillan Belt.
The match ended with Chase Bonner (220) lost by fall in 2:44 to J.D. Steen.
ELC came up with just three contested wins against host Emmetsburg.
At 113 pounds, Budach pinned Alex Clark in 2:36. Lausen (182) pinned Tyler Henson in 5:40 and Bonner won 7-2 over Tanner Dahm. ELC's other six points came at 138 pounds as Gjerde accepted a forfeit.
In other matches, McCoy (106) lost by fall in 1:10; ELC forfeited at 120; Egeland lost a 13-1 major decision to Nick Merwald; Segura (132) lost by fall in 3:04; Evan Howing (145) lost by fall in 4:41; Aaron Howing (152) lost by technical fall, 18-3; Blomquist (160) lost 10-3 to Nick Schany; Bates (170) lost an 11-2 major decision to Andrew Wellik; Mace (195) lost by fall in 5:43 and ELC forfeited at heavyweight.
ELC is now 10-6 in duals and 4-3 in the Lakes Conference. The Midgets travel to the Lakes Conference Tournament in Spencer on Friday, Jan. 27.