The Storm Lake High wrestling team placed in seven of 14 weight classes here Saturday at the Lakes Conference meet, taking eighth place.
Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted won the competition with 247.5 points, with Spirit Lake Park second (219 points), Spencer third (165.5 points) and Cherokee fourth (142.5 points).
In taking eighth place, the Tornadoes scored 20 points.
Storm Lake was led by a second place by 135-pounder Daniel Higgins, who went 2-1 on the day.
At 103 pounds, SL's Jared Brashears was fourth, while Kelly Evans was fifth at 125, Tony Bedel sixth at 152, Nate Tucker sixth at 160, Logan White sixth at 171 and Juan Flores sixth at 215.
SLHS coach Ty Seaman was generally pleased with his team's performance.
"We had some kids wrestle well and avenge earlier losses or at least close the gap on the scores," he said.
"We didn't score well as a team because we failed to score at seven weights. Our youth and inexperience shows more in tournament competition."
Higgins opened Saturday with a 13-7 decision over Matt Tritz of LeMars. In the championship semis, Higgins routed Dallas Boisen of Spencer, 15-3. In the championship match, Higgins was pinned by Spirit Lake Park's Mike Sandy at 3 minutes, 52 seconds.
According to Seaman, "Daniel was in a 0-0 match in the finals when he got out of position and got turned."
At 103, Brashears pinned Chris Helm of Sheldon in his first match before losing an 8-6 decision in the semis to Emmetsburg/A-R's Doug Thompson. After getting a bye in the consolation semis, Brashears lost a 3-1 decision in overtime to Spencer's Ryan Edwardson in the match for third place.
"Jared lost a real close match in the semis on a takedown in the last 20 seconds," Seaman said. "He lost in overtime in the consolation title match. Overall, he wrestled well."
At 125, SL junior Kelly Evans opened with a 13-3 loss to Aaron Hilpripe of Spencer. He rebounded by pinning Will Nutting of Sheldon in the consolation semis. In a rematch with Hilpipre for third place, Evans lost by fall at 1:32.
At 152, Bedel was pinned in his opening match by Sheldon's Josh Ihnen. Bedel struck back with an 8-4 decision over Tyler Buys of Western Christian, then lost by technical fall to Spencer's Jayme Harrington. In the match for fifth place, Bedel lost to James Loughlin of Cherokee by fall.
At 160, Tornado sophomore Nate Tucker opened his day by losing via fall to eventual champion Justin Kerber of E/AR. Tucker followed up with a 10-7 decision over Ben Beitelspacher of LeMars.
Tucker lost by fall to Tyler Gifford of Estherville/LC in the consolation semis, then lost to Cherokee's Tim Comstock in the match for fifth place.
At 171, senior Logan White lost his opener via pin to David Lindsey of LeMars, but rebounded by pinning Greg Miller of Cherokee at :51.
In the consolation semis, White was pinned by Thor Klinker of Sheldon. In the match for fifth place, White was pinned by Chris Blinkman of Estherville-LC.
At 215, SL's Juan Flores won his first match, pinning Jason Hengeveld of Western Christian at 3:39. Flores was pinned by E/AR's Josh Casey in the quarterfinals.
Flores lost a tough, 3-1 decision in the consolation semis to Cherokee's Tim Jones. In the match for fifth place, Flores lost 4-3 to Spirit Lake Park's Matt Mayou.
"Our kids wrestled hard, but we lost some matches that we were in control of and that really hurt our team score," Seaman said.