GMLOK takes fourth in Iowa tourney
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 3:09 AM
A Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland that was lacking numbers took fourth place in an eight-team wrestling tournament at Riceville, Iowa, last week.
Due to match counts and family obligations, the team dressed only seven for this tournament. It was a "pretty good showing for how few we had," said coach Bill Simpkins.
Crestwood won the tourney that featured all Iowa teams other than GMLOK.
At 106 lbs., Brenn Olson took first place with all three of his wins by fall. He "got tougher as the day went on," said Simpkins. "In the finals Brenn gave up an early takedown, and totally dominated his opponent after that."
At 113 lbs., John Barber took fourth, going 1-2. He wrestled hard all day, said Simpkins, winning his first match, losing the second to the eventual champ and losing a close decision in last match. This was his first varsity tournament
At 120 lbs., Josh Graves took third, winning his two matches fall and decision. His only loss was to the eventual champion.
At 145 lbs., Parker Hale took third, losing to the eventual champ, but then pinning his next three opponents.
At 152 lbs., Blake Olson took second, going 3-1 and beating a very tough wrestler from Crestwood (Cresco) in the semis.
At 160 lbs., Christopher Bain took third. He lost to the eventual champ in the first round and had two pins. These were his first matches of the year, coming off a broken leg from football.
At 195 lbs., Wyatt Richardson took third, winning two before losing to the eventual champ.
At 220 lbs., Blake Benson took first place, winning the first round over the top wrestler from Cresco (10-3), winning by fall in the semis and winning 10-2 in the finals. "He dominated all day," said Simpkins.
Wrestlers of the week
Stephen Kassel, senior, is wrestler of the week. He is one of only two seniors on the team. "Stephen is looked upon as a leader in the practice room. Hard working, dependable. One of the Bulldogs most explosive wrestlers. Stephen is also one of the top motocross racers in the Midwest," said Simpkins.
Caden Fruth, seventh grader, is the other wrestler of the week. "Caden has shown continued improvement as the year has progressed. Caden will be counted on to fill a varsity spot in the future," said Simpkins.