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Warriors travel to Harrisburg, South Dakota;

January 16, 2013

place fifth overall in Tiger invite
Over the weekend, the Fulda/Murray County Central Warrior wrestling team made another trip to South Dakota, that time to compete in Harrisburg in the Tiger Invite. Out of the 16 teams present in the tournament, the Warriors were able to place fifth overall, with 10 individual wrestlers placing in the top six.

Jon Gehl was the first to place for the Warriors and he did so with out winning a match. In fact, he was positioned just right that he was able to use the bye rounds to get to a placing round. Despite falling three times, he was still able to claim sixth place in the tournament.

Clayton Hartle had a good run to up until the championship match. Hartle started his run with a bye and later met up with Blake Konstanz from Scotland. In that match, Hartle used about half the time given to flip Konstanz over on his back and was awarded with the pin. Jared Lyle from Beresford was a great match for Hartle as it was very close up to the end. When the final buzzer sounded, Hartle was able to advance with a 4-3 decision. In the final match, Kahlen Morris from Sioux Falls Roosevelt was a bit much for Hartle. Morris went on to win by technical fall, 18-3, which gave Hartle second place.

Ben Blanchette was able to secure fourth place for the Warriors. After a bye his first round, he met up with Tyler Schrunk from Dakota Valley and Blanchette was able to move on by pin just a little before the buzzer sounded. In the semi-final round, Troy Kiggins was paired up with Blanchette and both wrestlers were able to switch back and forth in terms of control fairly quickly. Kiggins had the upper edge in the end as he moved on to the championship round by decision, 15-10. Blanchette’s run wasn’t done, however. DJ Redlin from Madison stood in his way and he didn’t stand for long. Blanchette moved on by a pin in just 37 seconds, where he later fell to David Potratz from Sioux Falls Washington to get fourth place.

Will Gehl was able to place sixth in the tournament as well. He met up with Brad Bogue in the first round and fell quickly, but bounced back in the second bracket. Gehl was able to advance by forfeit over Noah Walker of Vermillion and later defeated Logan Warzacha from Harrisburg by fall in 50 seconds. Gehl couldn’t get a win against Kaiden Dorris from Madison, which put him in the fifth place match against Bogue once again. Bogue was able to pin Gehl once again, which gave him sixth place in the tournament.

Dalton Keeler was another Warrior that placed in the tournament and he wrestled in the 132 pound class. Keeler first met up with Kyle Yasgar from Sioux Fall Roosevelt where he fell by technical fall 16-0. Keeler used a couple bye rounds in the second bracket to bounce back to a placing match. Tripp Shuey from Dakota Valley competed against Keeler for the right to go to the 3rd place match, and Keeler was able to hold onto the win by decision, 6-0. Unfortunately for Keeler, Tanner Fridrich from Tea was a bit quick for him as Keeler fell by pin in 1:45 to claim fourth place overall.

Tanner Nelson was also able to get a sixth place finish for the Warriors in the 145 pound class. After a first round fall to Regan Bye from Vermillion, Nelson was able to bounce back and win by fall against Kennedy Cumberland from Harrisburg in 2:30. Trent Lyle from Beresford had other plans for Nelson as he won by major decision, 10-0, which sent Nelson to face Wade Secrest from Sioux Falls Roosevelt. Nelson couldn’t quite get anything going against Secrest as he lost by major decision, 13-4 to take sixth place.

Ben Loosbrock had a farily simple run at the title in the 160 pound class and did so by pinning every opponenet he faced. After a first round bye, Loosbrock was matched up with Dorian Simpson from Sioux Falls Roosevelt where Loosbrock won by pin in 2:54. Lane Warzecha from Harrisburg was Loosbrock’s second opponent and that matched didn’t even last a minute as Loosbrock won by pin in 47 seconds. Luke Reiter from Sioux Falls Washington stood in his way of a title and just like every other match, Loosbrock was able to win by fall in 3:01 to claim 1st place in the tournament.

Dylan Nelson was able to receive fifth place in the 182 pound class. Nelson fell to Dan Marlette from Sioux Falls Washington in his first round, but after a bye in the second bracket, he was able to move on to a placing match when Brandon Faber from Tea forfeited the match. Seth Heine from Vermillion was able to get the pin call on Nelson, but in his final match, Nelson was able to claim fifth place against Derick Neuman from Sioux Falls Roosevelt by pin in 1:38.

Brian Behrends had a good run in the tournament, but just came up short in the end. Behrends first met up with Pete Lundak from Gross Catholic and Behrends wasted no time earning the pin as he did so in 1:03. Derek Wiebers from Beresford fell even faster to Behrends and that match concluded in 48 seconds. In the championship match, the tides turned on Behrends when Taylor Lambert from Dakota Valley was able to win by pin, which gave second place to Behrends.

Arron Benson was the final Warrior wrestler to place in the tournament and he too was able to take fifth place home. After falling to Ayson Jones from Madison, he later was able to sneak out a close win against Tristan Lutter from Beresford by decision, 3-2. Chris Vroman from Sioux Falls Washington was able to earn a pin against Benson, but in his final match, Benson earned the fifth place spot with a win by decision over Sheldon Tulio, 5-2.

With all the wins that the Warriors were able to accumulate, that gave them enough points to earn fifth place as a team in the tournament with 131 total points. The Warriors will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Minneota for a triangular with Minneota and Redwood Valley, Thurssday will be in Slayton against Pipestone Area, and Saturday will be in Tracy for the Plum Creek Area Tournament.

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