CARROLL - Storm Lake's 103 pounder Jared Brashears won his first prep tournament wrestling title here Saturday, leading the Tornado grapplers to a seventh-place finish in the Carroll High Invitational.
Brashears, a sophomore, won two matches in his weight bracket, opening by pinning Sean Stricker of Carroll in 1 minute 41 seconds. In the championship match, Brashears pinned Manson NW Webster's Keegan Barkley in 2:57.
In the team competition, Fort Dodge St. Edmond was the overall winner, finishing with 203 points. Manson NW Webster was second with 165 points with Guthrie Center taking third with 164 points. In taking seventh, the Tornadoes accumulated 84 points.
"We had some kids wrestle well," SLHS wrestling coach Ty Seaman said. "Overall, we didn't wrestle our best. We failed to score at six weights and you just can't do well as a team when you don't score at that many weights."
The Tornadoes added a second place at 135 pounds, where Daniel Higgins went 2-1 on the day. He opened by pinning Manson NW Webster's Jerod Denklau at 3:17, then won a 15-5 major decision over Logan Foucher of Guthrie Center.
In the championship match, Orlando Peace of St. Eds won a 4-0 decision over Higgins.
At 145, Storm Lake freshman Ben Seaman took fourth place after losing the third-place match to Chad Payer of Pocahontas in a 4-2 decision.
Seaman opened by pinning Steve Kesselrig of Guthrie Center at 5:35, but lost in the semifinals 9-0 to eventual 145 champion Thomas McLaughlin of St. Eds.
In the consolation semifinals, Seaman won a 10-0 decision over Sam Hiscocks of Carroll.
Also taking fourth place was senior Tony Bedel at 152. Bedel received a bye in the first round and lost via pin in the semifinals to Blaise Bakke of Kuemper.
In the consolation semis, Bedel won a 5-3 decision over Tyler Tuel of Carroll, but was pinned by Dalton Rasch of Manson in the match for third place.
A trio of SLHS wrestlers added fifth-place finishes.
At 119, Jose Diaz received a bye in the first round and lost a 13-8 decision to Jordan Albright of Guthrie Center in the semifinals.
He lost in the consolation semis, but won the match for fifth place via a bye.
At 125, SLHS sophomore Ryan Lovstad beat Shane Kierkegaard of Pocahontas in a 2-0 decision in the match for fifth place. He had opened with a bye in the championship bracket and lost via pin to Tanner Utley of St. Eds in the semis.
In the consolation semis, Lovstad was pinned at 2:35 by Tyler Grossman of Kuemper.
At 215, SLHS sophomore Juan Flores lost via pin in his first match, then rebounded with a win over Andy Tews of Manson NW Webster in the opening consolation round.
Flores lost in the consolation semis to Josh McNeil of St. Eds, and won the fifth place match via forfeit.
The Tornado wrestlers will now have some time off before resuming action Jan. 5 with a double dual at Estherville.
"It will be to have a little break," the coach said.
"The kids have been working hard. We have plenty of room for improvement and plan to get right back to work after the break."