ACGC won both matches in Tuesday, Feb. 5’s West Central Conference wrestling tournament to earn top honors, in Olivia.
The No. 3-seeded Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta Tigers won against BOLD 55-24 before falling to eventual runner-up Minnewaska 55-19 and then forfeiting against Benson (84-0) to earn fourth place in the conference tournament.
"Weather. We had to do 20 mph on the way back, glad we left when we did," MAHACA head coach Kyle Rose said. "Funny thing is we still got third in the conference because of the point system."
In the tournament, the No. 3-seeded Tigers took fourth because of the forfeit to Benson, but finished third in the overall conference standings, which includes regular season and the dual conference tournament. The Tigers went 4-2 in conference duals in the regular season by beating Benson 36-33, BOLD 56-22, Sauk Centre/Melrose 63-15, and United 44-29 then beat BOLD again in the conference tournament for a 5-2 conference record.
ACGC won the conference title with 24 points and Minnewaska took runner-up with 18 points, two points in front of MAHACA. United finished fourth and Benson took fifth with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
All-conference recipients were announced at the completion of the tournament, and with a third place finish, the Tigers had five wrestlers that were recognized. Eighth grader Davin Rose, freshmen Ethan Lebrija and Jed Feuchtenberger, and junior Dalton Rose earned all-conference recognition while junior Gideon Joos received honorable mention.
The Tigers next play host to the Doc Busian Invitational Saturday, Feb. 9, in Morris. MAHACA will open Section 3AA team tournament as the No. 3-seed wrestling the No. 2-seeded Redwood Valley at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Morris. The Tigers lost to Redwood Valley 48-28 during the regular season Jan. 17.
How MAHACA fared
Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, place)
106: Dallas Walton 0-1; Caden Rose 0-1 ... 113: Dylan Rose 1-0; Davin Rose 1-0 ... 120: Davin Rose 1-0; Dylan Rose 1-0 ... 126: Ethan Lebrija 2-0 ... 132: Jed Feuchtenberger 2-0 ... 138: Ben Travis 1-1 ... 145: Hunter Gibson 1-0; Josh Rohloff 0-1 ... 152: Josh Rohloff 0-1 ... 160: Brady Cardwell 2-0 ... 170: Jacob Boots 1-0; Colten Wohlers 0-1 ... 182: Tristan Raths 1-1 ... 195: Dillon Nelson 1-1 ... 220: Open ... 285: Kylen Runninghawk 0-2