Wrestlers get in tourney Saturday
Hale, Bunne shine
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:45 AM
Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland wrestled its second meet of the season Saturday, although it was minus many of the football players who got a delayed start due to their state title.
The football players should be ready for Friday's meet against Plainview-Elgin-Millville at Plainview, said GMLOK coach Bill Simpkins.
Saturday, the team wrestled at the Jackson County Invitational, the second time the local wrestlers have wrestled this season. Simpkins named sophomore Parker Hale and junior Jace Bunne as wrestlers of the week.
Hale made it to the finals in back-to-back weekends as he placed second at the Faribault Invitational on Dec. 2 and claimed champion honors at the Jackson County Invitational on Saturday. This was Hale's first championship placing at the high school level
Bunne, one of the captains on this year's squad, demonstrates great leadership and an incredible work ethic on and off the mat, said Simpkins. Bunne placed third in the first two tournaments of the year. In each of the tournaments he was in the strongest and deepest weight classes, added Simpkins.
Varsity results from Jackson County: 120 lbs., Josh Graves, fifth, 1-2; 126, Stephen Kassel, DNP, 2-2; 145, Jace Bunne, third, 3-1; 152, Parker Hale; first, 3-0; 160, Sam Roe, fifth, 2-2; 170, Brandon Turner, DNP, 2-0.
Junior varsity results: Caden Fruth, 1-3, sixth; John Barber, 2-2, fifth; Drew Copley, 2-2, fifth; Cody Merkel, 0-2, sixth ; Broc Fiegel, second, 3-1