Powell wins Don Miller Invitational
Spirit Lake Park's Dakoda Powell won the Don Miller Invitational on Saturday to lead his team to a sixth-place finish in Fort Dodge.
"We were a little bit banged up, so we didn't have everybody in the lineup, but they all placed in the top eight, which is really cool," Spirit Lake Park coach Andrew Lundgren said. "We also had some top performers with Dakoda Powell winning the tournament, Kyler Rieck getting second against a tough Fort Dodge kid in Cayd Lara that he lost to at Council Bluffs but wrestled a lot closer this time around, and Adam Skopec being in his first tournament of the year. He wrestled a really good tournament and was able to beat somebody who beat him in the first round, to turn around and beat him to get third place was good. Everybody else wrestled really well and went down there and competed."
Powell, ranked third at 220 pounds in Class 2A, went 3-0 on the day. He pinned Sioux City East's Dalton Dwyer in 3 minutes, 6 seconds before earning a 15-13 decision over sixth-ranked (3A) James Cherry of Webster City in the semifinals. In the finals, Powell pinned Newton's Gage Linahon to take first place.
Rieck, ranked sixth at 152 pounds in Class 2A, went 2-1. He pinned Lewis Central's Jake Lear in 5:20 and earned a 16-1 technical fall over Sioux City East's Eric Steele in 4:29 to advance to the finals. There, he squared off with top-ranked 3A wrestler Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge. Lara won by 10-2 major.
Skopec wrestled unattached at 160 pounds and placed third.
He lost to Woodbury Central's Anthony Baird by fall in 4:31 before pinning Webster City's Carter Bedford in 2:18, Emmetsburg's Jackson Knight in 1:17, and earning an 11-6 decision over Baird in the third-place bout.
Patrick Bauer placed fourth for the Indians at 285 pounds. Bryan Leathers and Koltyn Bradley placed fifth. Isaac Dixon placed sixth. Keegan Bradley placed seventh, and Nate Cornwall placed eighth.
Top-ranked (3A) Fort Dodge won the team title with 259.5 points.
Fifth-ranked (2A) Webster City placed second with 171 points.
The Lynx were followed by Dallas Center Grimes (155), Emmetsburg (137), Woodbury Central (131.5), Spirit Lake Park (112.5), Storm Lake (101), Sioux City East (100), Lewis Central (85) and Newton (85).
"We talk a lot about how it's about the process," Lundgren said. "There's going to be days where you don't get what you want. You don't place where you want, or you might not win a match that you thought you were going to win, but it's about the process. It's about learning from those matches, learning from experiences and continuing to grow and get better so, when we get to the end of the year when we need those matches, we take what we learned from those ups and downs and put together a run that takes us wherever it may take us at the end of the year."