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Lakers qualify six for Nationals

February 21, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

SPENCER - With a full roster, Iowa Lakes qualified six of its 10 wrestlers for the junior college national tournament as the Lakers hosted the North Central District Regional Tournament on Sunday.

As a team Iowa Lakes placed sixth in the 10-team event. Only 125-pound Freddie Rodriguez made it to the finals, where lost a 6-5 match to Rochester's Dakota Trom.

"I thought the guys wrestled well for the most as we qualified six wrestlers for the National Tournament," said Iowa Lakes coach Cody Alesch. "We had a couple young men really wrestle well and not get through so that is unfortunate but they knew where they had to finish and just fell short. The tournament was very competitive with the top five at each weight qualifying plus some wildcards were selected to also advance. "As a team we finished in sixth, which I thought we could have finished higher but we did not have the complete tournament we were capable of having."

Rodriguez' road to the final included a pin over Ridgewater College's Adam Sutlief in 1:43 and a 3-1 decision over Da'Wayne Robertson of Ellsworth, before losing to Trom int eh final.

Juan Torres (133) placed third. He started the day with a pin over Ridgewater's Frank Wilczek in 3:!6, but then lost a 9-4 decision to Eric Franklin of Ellsworth. In the consolation semifinal, he won 9-2 over Jorge Pau of NIACC and then won the third-place match by injury default over Label Lewis of Rochester.

Brandon Sorenson (174) also placed third. He started the day with a 10-8 decision over Jake Meehan of Iowa Central, but then lost 4-2 to Garrett Miller of Rochester. In the consolation bracket he won 11-2 over Matt Mason of Itasca and then pinned Minnesota West's Ben Goodwin in 2:31 in the third-place match.

Tyler Ellwood (157) and Elijah Dennis (165) both placed fifth as well to qualify for nationals. Davion Franklin (285) placed sixth as is a wild care selection for nationals.



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