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Ramirez advances, sets school record

Gjerde, Bonner continue in consolation round

February 20, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

With his first victory at the 2014 Class 2A Wrestling Tournament, Estherville Lincoln Central senior Oscar Ramirez became the school's all-time leader in victories, surpassing Luke Moffitt.

Ramirez now had 139 career wins.

Of ELC's four state qualifiers, Ramirez is the only one to make it into the quarterfinals. Senior Blake Gjerde and junior Chase Bonner both dropped into the consolation bracket while freshman Zack Snyder ended his tournament run with two losses.

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ELC's Blake Gjerde works to hold down Algona's Kory Kuecker in the Class 2A 145-pound consolation round at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Thursday.
Photo by INA

Wrestling at 132 pounds, Ramirez (41-1) took a little while to get going against Solon's Kade Steuhm (24-5). But then quickly came up with the takedown and pin in 1 minute, 30 seconds.

"Oscar doesn't do a whole lot, but what he does do, he does very well," said ELC coach Dan Hewitt.

Ramirez faces Osage freshman Brock Jennings (35-10) in today's quarterfinal match.

"Oscar will have to come lights out tomorrow," said Hewitt.

Gjerde (37-11) opened his day by losing to third-ranked Griffin Osia (37-5) of Albia in the first round of the 152-pound weight bracket.

Hewitt said they had a chance to scout Osing and knew that he had a strong grip. The strategy was to try to stay to the outside.

"But he got his hands on us and squeezed it tight," said Hewitt.

In the consolation round, Gjerde took on Algona's Kory Kuecker (33-10). Kucker scored the first takedown with Gjerde coming up with a reversal. Kuecker escaped, but Gjerde came up with a takedown to lead 4-3. The wrestlers mostly were on their feet the rest of the match with Kuecker recording an escape in the second period and Gjerde an escape in the third period to win 5-4.

For his first match on Friday, Gjerde will face the loser of a match between Adel's Zach Johnston (36-7) and Vinton-Shellsburg's Michael Neal (29-4).

Bonner, ranked fifth at 220 pounds, started his tournament against fourth-ranked Zach Adrian of Assumption

After a scoreless first period, Adrian came up with a reversal followed immediately by an escape by Bonner. Bonner scored an escape in the third period to tie the match at 2-2 at that was the score through regulation. In the overtime period, Bonner tried to throw Adrian, lost his grip and got put on his back, losing by fall in 6:36.

That sent him to the consolation round, where he dominated Knoxville's Brock Caviness (19-28) with a 14-1 major decision.

For his first match on Friday, Bonner (44-5) will face the loser of Solon's Lance Evans (28-0) and North Fayette Valley's Tyler Johansen (28-2). Evans is ranked first while Johansen is ranked sixth.

At 106 pounds, Snyder started his tournament against 10th-ranked Josh Keller of Columbus Community. Keller quickly earned the pin in 55 seconds.

In the consolation bracket, Snyder faced Carter Cox (24-7) of Atlantic. While Snyder recorded the first takedown, the match was tied 2-2 after one period with Cox eventually winning 5-2. Snyder ends his season with a 24-23 record.



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