Five Estherville Lincoln Central and six Spirit Lake Park wrestlers head to Spencer this Saturday for a Class 2A meet. The top two winners at each weight advance to the state tournament, which starts Thursday, Feb. 14.
Meanwhile three Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire wrestlers are at the Class 1A Sectional in Milford. Wrestling action at both sites starts at noon.
Representing ELC in Spencer are Oscar Ramirez (132), Thomas Bortvit (138), Blake Gjerde (145), Billy Snyder (152) and Chase Bonner (220).
Ramirez (33-1), ranked fourth, is coming off his first loss of the season as he lost in sudden victory, 5-3 to seventh-ranked Levi Gilmore (39-5) of Spencer at last week's sectional in Cherokee.
The ELC junior will have to wrestle the Sioux Center sectional champ, Austin Gregg (28-5) of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. A win will likely set up a rematch with Gilmore in the final, which would be their fourth meeting of the season. Gilmore wrestles Sheldon's Dustin Freeman (24-21) in the other first round match.
At 138 pounds, Bortvit (19-24) has a tough first-round match against Spirit Lake Park's Zach Skopec (42-2), ranked second. On the other side of the bracket are MOC-Floyd Valley's Elijah Dahl (29-3), ranked eighth, and Humboldt's Thaylan Bowman (18-13).
Gjerde (29-8) enters as a sectional champion. He will take on Western Christian/Unity Christian sophomore Zach DeJager (35-11). While the two haven't met this year, DeJager did wrestle teammate Snyder early in the season at 152 pounds and lost 10-1. On the other side of the 145-pound bracket are Spirit Lake Park's Kenten Murray (30-6), ranked ninth, and Spencer's Hunter Cauthron (24-23).
Snyder (26-8) opens the day against Sioux Center's Dylon Van't Hof (35-2), ranked seventh. The other side of the bracket features Humboldt's Tyler Rutz (35-10) and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley's Hunter Berkenpas (15-3).
Bonner (24-14) also enters as a sectional champion, but will have to wrestle well as he will take on fourth-ranked Tyler Dolieslager in the first round. On the top half of the bracket is Sheldon/Sibley-Ocheyedan's Bryce Kelleher, ranked seventh.
Looking at other brackets with Spirit Lake Park wrestlers, Gage Roberts (106) enters with a 19-19 record and will take on Dylan Huntoon (30-6) of Spencer. The other side of the bracket features BHRV's Samuel Klarenbeek (33-3) and Bishop Heelan's Alex Anson (23-21).
Second-ranked Doug Miner (37-4) takes on Humboldt's Austen Gargano (25-13 with MOC-Floyd Valley's Efraine Anzua (19-4) and Spencer's Bailey Hawn (32-12) on the other side of the bracket.
At 195 pounds, Brady Mart (20-13) opens against fifth-ranked Christian Brobst (47-1) of Bishop Heelan. The other side of the bracket has second-ranked Reed Dreyer (3-2) of Humboldt and BHRV's Ty Koldenhoven (36-2), ranked seventh.
At 285 pounds, Cody North (245) will take on Dylan Hendricks (32-11) of Humboldt. BHRV's Gregory Palma (28-7) and Cherokee's Michael Rosewall (35-2), ranked 10th, are on the other side of that bracket.
At Class 1A
Sectional in Milford
For Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire's wrestlers, the matchups look like this.
At 113 pounds, Alex Hoffman (23-3) opens against West Lyon's Kyle Vierck (10-8). The other side of the bracket features Pocahontas Area's Mitch Brinkman (38-10) vs. West Sioux's Jose Montes (18-7)
At 126 pounds, Austin Thompson (34-9) takes on eighth-ranked Colby McIntire (31-4) of Central Lyon. The other side of the bracket has Okoboji's Kaleb Vanderpool (18-7) vs. third-ranked Jared Eischeid (39-2) of Kuemper Catholic.
At heavyweight, Cody Thompson (33-10) opens against Central's Lyon's Nolan Geerdes (22-11) while Levi Letsche (33-8) of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn takes on Kuemper's Alex Bruch (22-5).