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Tigers wrestle at conference tournament

The Morris Area/ Hancock/Chokio-Alberta wrestling team took part in the West Central Conference South team tournament at Minnewaska on Jan. 30.

This Saturday the Tigers will host 10 teams for an individual tournament. The matches start at 10 a.m. in the Morris Area Elementary gymnasium.

Coach Shane Tappe is looking forward to the invitational. He said it's been a tough year for the Tigers. Besides being young and short in numbers, the team has missed some key wrestlers due to injury, including Tim Ostby, Corey O'Keefe, and Eric Goette.

Despite the setbacks, Tappe said both the experienced and the new wrestlers are doing a great job.

"We've got such a wide range of kids," said Tappe. "Sometimes as coaches we forget that some of these kids are still learning what is expected of them."

As a team, the Tigers earned 38 points at the conference match up. Tanner Berning took third place, while Zach Gibson finished in fourth and Josh Nelson placed sixth.

At 103 pounds, Tony Domnick lost his first match by a 12-3 major decision to Even Knudson of Yellow Medicine East. In the consolation bracket, Domnick lost a 4-0 decision to Jesse Whitcomb of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

At 112 pounds, Jordan Thooft lost by fall in 1:43 to Hayden Rouser of A-C-GC. In the consolation match, Thooft lost a 10-0 major decision to Ricky Morales of BOLD. Rouser went on to win the 112-pound championship.

Nelson, wrestling at 135 pounds, dropped his first match by a 24-11 major decision to Cody Goldschmidt of BOLD. In the consolation match, Nelson won a 6-4 decision over Dustin Baker of YME. Nelson lost the fifth-place match by a 6-1 decision to Brett Hoffman of Benson. Goldschmidt went on to win the 135-pound championship.

Berning, wrestling at 152 pounds, won his first match by a 6-4 decision over Brady Wersinger of Benson. In the semifinals, Berning lost by technical fall to Travis Frederiksen of A-C-GC. In the consolation match, Berning won a 6-5 decision over Eric Wolbeck of Paynesville. Berning finished third by winning a 5-3 decision over Matt Brehmer of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd. Frederiksen advanced to the championship match where he took second place to Minnewaska's Collin Jergenson.

At 160 pounds, Ryan Beyer lost his first match by fall in 3:46 to Travis Whitcomb of A-C-GC. In the consolation match, Beyer lost a 6-4 decision to James Huston of Benson.

At 189 pounds, Jeff Knobloch lost his first match by technical fall to Brandon Manderschied of Minnewaska. In the consolation bracket, Knobloch lost a 7-0 decision to Thomas Joyce of Montevideo. Manderschied advanced to the championship match where he fell to Deron Buboltz of A-C-GC.

Gibson, wrestling at 215 pounds, won his first match by pinning Tyler Minkel of BOLD. In the semifinals, Gibson lost a 17-5 major decision to Evan Stock of YME. In the consolation bracket, Gibson pinned Garrett Norby of Montevideo in 3:25. In the third-place match, Gibson lost a 3-2 decision to Justin Golden of Benson. Stock went on to win the 215-pound championship.

At 285 pounds, James Newhouse lost his match by fall in 3:44 to Dominick Platow of Paynesville. In the consolation match, Newhouse lost by fall in 2:31 to Jordan Welling of Montevideo. Platow finished the tournament in third place.

Note: There was a mistake in the results for the A-C-GC match in the Feb. 4 issue. Corey O'Keefe was not wrestling. Ryan Beyer wrestled state-ranked Frederiksen at 160 pounds.