WILLMAR, Minn. - The Iowa Lakes wrestling team, ranked 18th entering the 2013 North Central District Wrestling Championships on Sunday, finished fourth out of nine teams at the event with one regional champion.
Seven of the nine teams in the tournament were ranked with No. 6 Ellsworth edging No. 13 Iowa Western 110 to 105.5. No. 16 Rochester finished third with 99.5 points followed by Iowa Lakes with 86, No. 11 Iowa Central with 84.5, No. 19 NIACC with 84, No. 10 Ridgewater with 83, Minnesota West with 32 and Itasca with 26.5.
Nick Lawrence won the 174-pound bracket to be a regional champion. Eight of his teammates also qualified for the upcoming national tournament.
Skyler Rice (133) and Jeff Henrickson (285) both placed third while Alex Anderson (141) placed fourth. Dylan Konechne (125), Nate Lawrence (165) and Glenn Cothren (197) all placed fifth while Travis Johnson (149) and Ethan Lindquist (184) both earned a wild card berth.
"We had a slow start to the day but the guys fought back hard in the late rounds," said Iowa Lakes coach Cody Alesch. "The next couple weeks we need to improve on a couple areas so we don't have that slow start."
The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference has been selected to host the National Wrestling Tournament this year. It will be held at the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center on the Iowa State Fair Grounds from Friday, Feb. 22 to Saturday, Feb. 23.
Because Iowa Lakes is a member of the host conference they, and the other schools participating in the regional tournament, received additional qualifiers. The top four wrestlers at each weight are automatic qualifiers, plus there were additional wild cards selected at the end of the day.