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Titans defeat Warriors, fall to Indians in first duals of 2017

January 4, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

GRAETTINGER - Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire split its first duals of 2017, defeating Sioux Center 47-34 and falling to Spirit Lake Park 39-30 on Tuesday.

"It was nice to get back on the mat following break," said GT/RA coach Alex Helmich. "I was very pleased with how we fought the entire night. We started the night off at a high level against Sioux Center. We knew we needed to improve on that from the beginning of the season and just be ready to wrestle that first dual. I think we did a much better job of being ready to wrestle from the start tonight. Then we came back and continued to wrestle at a high level in the last dual."

Against Sioux Center, the Titans went 4-5 in contested matches, but had the deeper lineup and received more forfeits-4-1.

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Starting at 120 pounds, GT/RA ran off four straight contested victories when they got to 145 pounds-Treyton Cacek (145) defeated Keaton Wynia in 2 minutes, 48 seconds, Spencer Roth (152) won in 3:43 over Marco Martinez, Beau Schany (160) won in 1:25 over Bryce Robertson and Carter Murray (170) won in 1:04 over Domonick Roskam.

Only one match went the full 6 minutes as Blake Miller (182) lost a 16-3 major decision to Dexter Hooyer.

GT/RA went 6-7 against Spirit Lake Park.

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GT/RA 47, Sioux Center 34

120: Hunter Naig (GTRA) over (SICE) (For.) 126: Lucas Hoffman (GTRA) over (SICE) (For.) 132: Avery Sandbulte (SICE) over Devon Naig (GTRA) (Fall 3:09) 138: Kolton Roth (GTRA) over (SICE) (For.) 145: Treyton Cacek (GTRA) over Keaton Wynia (SICE) (Fall 2:48) 152: Spencer Roth (GTRA) over Marco Martinez (SICE) (Fall 3:43) 160: Beau Schany (GTRA) over Bryce Robertson (SICE) (Fall 1:25) 170: Carter Murray (GTRA) over Domonick Roskam (SICE) (Fall 1:04) 182: Dexter Hooyer (SICE) over Blake Miller (GTRA) (MD 16-3) 195: Caleb Kempema (SICE) over Cade Steelman (GTRA) (Fall 3:09) 220: Dennis Hernandez (SICE) over (GTRA) (For.) 285: Elijah Van`t Hof (SICE) over Nate Harris (GTRA) (Fall 2:49) 106: Jaren Pierce (SICE) over Monte Matthews (GTRA) (Fall 4:25) 113: Keeven Long (GTRA) over (SICE) (For.) (GTRA usc throwing headgear 106 -1.00)

Spirit Lake Park 39, GT/RA 30

132: Spencer Newman (SPLA) over Devon Naig (GTRA) (Fall 3:26) 138: Kolton Roth (GTRA) over Adam Skopec (SPLA) (Fall 5:38) 145: Kyler Rieck (SPLA) over (GTRA) (For.) 152: John Tuttle (SPLA) over Treyton Cacek (GTRA) (MD 14-3) 160: Carter Murray (GTRA) over Daniel Trucksess (SPLA) (Dec 7-2) 170: Beau Schany (GTRA) over Koltyn Bradley (SPLA) (Fall 3:26) 182: Dakota VanderWilt (SPLA) over Blake Miller (GTRA) (Dec 13-7) 195: Cade Steelman (GTRA) over Douglas Maben (SPLA) (Dec 6-0) 220: Max Halverson (SPLA) over Nole Bochmann (GTRA) (Fall 2:44) 285: Nate Harris (GTRA) over Braeton Nitzschke (SPLA) (Fall 2:30) 106: Joe Waters (SPLA) over Monte Matthews (GTRA) (Inj. [time]) 113: Keeven Long (GTRA) over Cail Donkersloot (SPLA) (Fall 2:14) 120: Kyler Dunn (SPLA) over Hunter Naig (GTRA) (Fall 1:24) 126: Isaac Dixon (SPLA) over Lucas Hoffman (GTRA) (Dec 7-2) (SPLA USC 132 Taunting -1.00)

Kolton Roth, ranked third at 132 pounds in Class 1A, was wrestling at 138 pounds and pinned Adam Skopec in 5:38 for the Titan's first win of the night.

Murray (160) won a 7-2 decision over Daniel Trucksess, Schany (170) pinned Koltyn Bradley in 3:26; Cade Steelman (195) won 6-0 over Douglas Mabel, Nate Harris (285) pinned Braeton NIzachke in 2:39, and Keeven Long (113) pinned Cail Donkersloot in 2:14.

"There are always matches you would like to have back," said coach Helmich. "We won most the matches we knew would be close ones. My only disappointment is in the matches where we didn't capitalize on the opportunities. Overall, I am happy with where our team is at. We need to keep progressing and be at our best next month. I think our best is yet to come, and that is what is exciting."

GT/RA hosts its tournament on Saturday.



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