Estherville Lincoln Central coach Dan Hewitt was pleased with his team's efforts as the Midgets split a pair of Lakes Conference dual meets on Thursday.
ELC was dominant in a 51-21 victory of Cherokee and gave conference leader Spencer some good battles in a 51-24 loss.
"I thought we wrestled well coming off the holiday break," said Hewitt. "We wrestled some tough matches."
ELC’s Juan Castro earned a pin in his first varsity match as he defeated this Cherokee wrestler on Thursday.
Photo by David Swartz
While the duals featured the usual pins, ELC senior Jake Bortvit had one of the more memorable matches of the night. Down 6-2 to Cherokee's Mason Meitzenheimer in the third period, Bortvit came up with a takedown and three back points to pull out a 7-6 victory in the closing seconds.
Also against Cherokee, Juan Castro (113) came up with a pin over Matthew Stines for his first varsity win. Castro was filling in for Joel McCoy, who was out with an injury. Freshman Clay Budach (120) also won his first varsity match with a 2-0 win over Cherokee's Collin Johnson.
In other matches against Cherokee, Thomas Bortvit (138), Chase Bonner (220) and Oscar Ramirez (132) had pins. Zackary Snyder (106), Blake Gjerde (152) and Billy Snyder (170), all received forfeits.
Starting at 152 pounds against Spencer, Gjerde eked out a 3-2 decision over Andrew White while Billy Snyder (170) and Jake Bortvit (182) both had pins and Bonner won a 6-0 decision over Austin Roberts as ELC built an 18-15 lead through the top weights.
But Spencer's strength this year is in the lower weights as ELC came up with just one more victory, a pin by Ramirez (132), as the Tigers had six pins in weights 106 to 145.
ELC 51.0 Cherokee 21.0
138: Thomas Bortvit, ELCH, pinned Justine Harding, CHWA, 3:45. 145: Christain Lundy, CHWA, pinned Dalton Christoffer, ELCH, 3:20. 152: Blake Gjerde, ELCH, forf. . 160: Blake Booth, CHWA, dec. Kelly Clabaugh, ELCH, 4-3. 170: Billy Snyder, ELCH, forf. . 182: Jake Bortvit, ELCH, dec. Mason Meitzenheimer, CHWA, 7-6. 195: Austin Egeland, ELCH, dec. Dante Brown, CHWA, 6-1. 220: Chase Bonner, ELCH, pinned Charlie Wych, CHWA, 0:27. 285: Micheal Rosewall, CHWA, forf. . 106: Zackary Snyder, ELCH, forf. . 113: Juan Castro, ELCH, pinned Matthew Stines, CHWA, 0:45. 120: Drake Bechtal, CHWA, pinned Easton Gifford, ELCH, 2:39. 126: Clay Budach, ELCH, dec. Collin Johnson, CHWA, 2-0. 132: Oscar Ramirez, ELCH, pinned Hunter Morrow, CHWA, 1:47.
Spencer 51.0 ELC 24.0
106: Daniel Wilkerson, SPEN, pinned Zackary Snyder, ELCH, 2:55. 113: Cody Huckfelt, SPEN, pinned Juan Castro, ELCH, 1:46. 120: Dylan Huntoon, SPEN, pinned Easton Gifford, ELCH, 0:24. 126: Trevor Streuli, SPEN, pinned Cole Budach, ELCH, 1:44. 132: Oscar Ramirez, ELCH, pinned Matt Curry, SPEN, 3:43. 138: Levi Gilmore, SPEN, pinned Thomas Bortvit, ELCH, 1:05. 145: Adam W. Johnson, SPEN, pinned Dalton Christoffer, ELCH, 0:12. 152: Blake Gjerde, ELCH, dec. Andrew White, SPEN, 3-2. 160: Jacob Sandvig, SPEN, pinned Kelly Clabaugh, ELCH, 1:23. 170: Billy Snyder, ELCH, pinned Hunter Cauthron, SPEN, 1:59. 182: Jake Bortvit, ELCH, pinned Hunter Hurst, SPEN, 1:35. 195: Ben Pingel, SPEN, dec. Austin Egeland, ELCH, 13-7. 220: Chase Bonner, ELCH, dec. Austin Roberts, SPEN, 6-0. 285: Casey Seversen, SPEN, forf.
ELC JV wrestling
In junior varsity action, Estherville Lincoln Central came up with three wins. Cole Budach (132) pinned Spencer's Nathan McLaury in 1:29. Trevor Shryock pinned Spencer's Dawson Henrichs in 1:26. Andrew Araguz (160) pinned Cherokee's Jaron Wood in 1:48.
Brenden Duer (138) wrestled two matches against Spencer wrestlers and lost won by fall and won by a 5-2 decision.
Nathan Krug (152) lost a 9-5 decision to Spencer.
Araguz lost by fall to Spencer.
Cole Anderson (22) lost by fall to Cherokee. Amed Castro (220) went 0-2 with matches against Spencer and Cherokee, both by fall.
Indians earn pair of dual victories
SPIRIT?LAKE?- Spirit Lake's fuller lineup helped the Indians defeat both Emmetsburg and Storm Lake in a pair of Lakes Conference duals on Thursday.
The Indians received three forfeits compared to giving up two to the E'Hawks in a 42-36 victory.
Against Storm Lake, both teams had two forfeits, but the Indians proved stronger in a 42-30 victory over the Tornadoes.
Zack Skopec (145), Kenten Murray (152) and David Trucksess (160) each recorded a pair of first period pins on the night. Alec Harrington, (126) earned a pin against Emmetsburg.
Jacob Jenness (195) also had a pin against Storm Lake while Gavin Kramer (120) won an 8-2 decision and Trevor Bueltel (182) won an 8-1 decision.
Spirit Lake hosted a home tournament on Friday. The Indians are at Sioux Center with Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Tuesday.
Spirit Lake (SPLA) 42.0 Emmetsburg (EMME) 36.0
285 Pat Brennan, EMME, forf. 106 Tanner Lundgren, EMME, dec. Nick Cornwall, SPLA, 8-2 113 Carson Clark, EMME, dec. John O`Neal, SPLA, 6-4 120 Dillon Van Oosbree, EMME, pinned Gavin Kramer, SPLA, 3:47 126 Alec Harrington, SPLA, pinned Conner Crosgrove, EMME, 1:26 132 Jas Jamison, EMME, pinned Daniel Trucksess, SPLA, 2:40 138 Chris VanHuevelen, EMME, pinned Jac Radcliffe, SPLA, 4:39 145 Zach Skopec, SPLA, pinned Caige Elbert, EMME, 2:16 152 Kenten Murray, SPLA, pinned Gage Jamison, EMME, 1:00 160 David Trucksess, SPLA, pinned Joe Schmidt, EMME, 0:32 170 Justin Jones, SPLA, forf. 182 Trevor Bueltel, SPLA, forf. 195 Jacob Jenness, SPLA, forf. 220 Robert Nelson, EMME, forf.
Spirit Lake (SPLA) 42.0 Storm Lake (STLA) 30.0
220 Jesse Wolver, STLA, forf. 285 Nate Carlson, STLA, forf. 106 Nick Cornwall, SPLA, forf. 113 John O`Neal, SPLA, forf. 120 Gavin Kramer, SPLA, dec. Neftali Castillo, STLA, 8-2 126 Ronald Duque, STLA, pinned Alec Harrington, SPLA, 1:57 132 Darren Eades, STLA, pinned Daniel Trucksess, SPLA, 3:31 138 Juan Morales, STLA, dec. Jac Radcliffe, SPLA, 9-3 145 Zach Skopec, SPLA, pinned Juan Rios, STLA, 1:18 152 Kenten Murray, SPLA, pinned Bazyl Horsey, STLA, 0:50 160 David Trucksess, SPLA, pinned Eriberto Flores, STLA, 1:41 170 Noel Buenelos, STLA, dec. Javier Tapia, SPLA, 15-8 182 Trevor Bueltel, SPLA, dec. Moises Delacruz, STLA, 8-1 195 Jacob Jenness, SPLA, pinned Jose Acebedo, STLA, 0:36