Indians, Pioneers compete at Nighthawk Invite
Spirit Lake Park and Okoboji wrestling teams squared off with several northwest Iowa standout squads Saturday at the Nighthawk Invitational hosted by Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. The Indians, with six champions and three third-place finishers, took top team honors at the tournament, while the Pioneers had one champion and five runners-up to place fourth as a team.
Indians run away with team title
Spirit Lake Park was dominant Saturday, finishing atop six of the 11 weight classes the Indians entered. The Indians placed first with 211 points, besting runner-up West Hancock by 46 points.
Jon Burnette, Kyler Dunn, Joe Waters, Isaac Dixon, Kyler Rieck and Dakoda Powell earned first-place finishes on the day. Edgar Tapia, Nate Cornwall and Keegan Bradley each placed third.
Burnette — ranked eighth in Class 2A — went 3-0 to win the 106-pound bracket.
He pinned West Lyon's Zach Severson in 30 seconds, earned a 15-2 major decision over Sioux Falls Lincoln's Michael Huscher, and pinned Akron-Westfield's Jader Briggs in 4 minutes, 33 seconds.
Dunn — ranked seventh in Class 2A — went 3-0 to win the 120-pound bracket.
He pinned BH/RV's Mauricio Rocha in 20 seconds, West Hancock's Matt Larson in 44 seconds, and Okoboji Cain Hanson in 1:01.
Waters went 3-0 to win the 126-pound bracket.
He pinned Western Christian's Skyler Mullinix in 1:16, Akron-Westfield's Aydin Dicks in 1:18, and Okoboji's Blake Abrahamson in 28 seconds.
Dixon went 3-0 to win the 138-pound bracket.
He pinned Sioux Falls Lincoln's Zach Johnston in 55 seconds, Western Christian's Isaac Visser in 1:17, and West Lyon's Johnny Perez in 3:05.
Rieck — ranked fourth in Class 2A — went 3-0 to win the 152-pound bracket.
He pinned West Lyon's Kael Blauwet in 33 seconds, Akron-Westfield's Cole Moffatt in 36 seconds, and Okoboji's Jakob Bockman in 1:21.
Powell — ranked second in Class 2A — went 3-0 to win the 220-pound bracket.
He pinned West Hancock's Ian Gobeli in 2:20, Western Christian's Bryce Van Dyken in 3:05, and West Hancock's Tanner Hagen in 1:44.
Tapia went 2-1 to place third at 138 pounds.
He earned an 11-6 decision over Okoboji's Caden LaRue, but fell to West Lyon's Johnny Perez in 3:53. Tapia bounced back to pin Western Christian's Isaac Visser in 1:57 to place third.
Cornwall went 3-1 to place third at 160 pounds.
He pinned BH/RV's Reid Vande Stroet in 32 seconds and Okoboji's Izaak Ramirez-Woodley in 38 seconds, but lost a 4-2 decision to West Hancock's Bennett Bruns. Cornwall bounced back to pin MOC-Floyd Valley's Noah Fleming in 1:16 to place third.
Bradley went 3-1 to place third at 170 pounds.
He pinned Okoboji's Austin Noble in 35 seconds and MOC-Floyd Valley's Caleb Harvey in 1:58, but lost a 9-1 major decision to third-ranked (1A) Tristan Mulder of Western Christian. Bradley bounced back to pin Sioux Falls Lincoln's Jacob Murphy in 5:27 to place third.
The Indians will travel to Spencer on Thursday, Jan. 17, before competing at the Herb Irgens Invitational hosted by OABCIG Friday-Saturday, Jan. 18-19, in Ida Grove.
Abrahamson leads Pioneers in Rock Valley
Two-time state qualifier Hunter Abrahamson was the Pioneers lone champion Saturday in Rock Valley.
Abrahamson went 3-0 to place first at 132 pounds.
He pinned Western Christian's Elliot Carney in 1:35, Sioux Falls Lincoln's Tae Ellenbecker in 1:47, and earned a 6-1 decision over West Lyon's Isaac Bruggeman.
Cain Hanson, Blake Abrahamson, Tyler Wittrock, Jacob Bockman and Cody Wintz earned runner-up finishes for the Pioneers.
Hanson went 2-1 at 120 pounds.
He pinned MOC-Floyd Valley's Gavin Huss in 48 seconds and West Lyon's Chase Thiessen in 3:17, but fell to Spirit Lake Park's Kyler Dunn in 1:01.
Abrahamson went 2-1 at 126 pounds.
He pinned Sioux Falls Lincoln's Hsaw Rey in 13 seconds and West Hancock's Kane Zuehl in 4 minutes, but fell to Spirit Lake Park's Joe Waters in 28 seconds.
Wittrock went 1-1 at 145 pounds.
He earned a 4-0 decision win over West Hancock's Bryer Subject, but fell to West Lyon's William Kooi in 2:38.
Bockman went 2-1 at 152 pounds.
He pinned West Hancock's Irvin Gomez in 1:20, and earned a 18-1 technical fall over West Lyon's Jackson Taylor, but fell to Spirit Lake Park's Kyler Rieck in 1:21.
Wintz went 1-1 at 182 pounds.
He earned a 4-1 decision win over Sioux Falls Lincoln's Caleb Dumke, but fell to West Hancock's Cole Kelly in 1 minute.
"We had a very good first and semifinal round, putting six kids in the finals," Okoboji coach Nate Dau said. "The last round was not the best, but we were able to secure a champ at 132 pounds with Hunter Abrahamson. We had several other great performances and we were able to rally late in a few matches for the win."
The Pioneers will travel to Orange City on Thursday, Jan. 17, before competing at the Herb Irgens Invitational hosted by OABCIG Friday-Saturday, Jan. 18-19, in Ida Grove.
NIGHTHAWK WRESTLING INVITATIONAL
SATURDAY, JAN. 12 — ROCK VALLEY, IOWA
|1. Spirit Lake Park||211|
|2. West Hancock||165|
|3. West Lyon||159|
|6. Sioux Falls Lincoln||93|
|7. MOC-Floyd Valley||81.5|
|8. Western Christian||75|