Three SLHS grapplers win titles in Manson
Storm Lake wrestlers Cole Raglen, Daniel Higgins and Ben Seaman won their weight-class titles here Saturday, leading the Tornado wrestlers to a sixth-place finish in the nine-team Manson NW Webster meet.
Manson NW Webster won the meet with 222 points, while Pocahontas was second with 182 points and Fort Dodge-St. Edmond third with 169.
SLHS wrestling coach Ty Seaman said his team had a good day.
"We were just one or two matches from finishing as high as third," Seaman said. "To place ten kids was good, but we need to bump some of our fifth places to thirds. We are capable of doing that."
In the opening weight class at 103 pounds, SL's Paul Inthakone took fifth place. He won his opening match, edging Wylie Wood of Guthrie Center, 10-9. Inthakone lost a 5-4 decision in the semifinals to Jordan Howell of Manson NW Webster. In the match for fifth place, Inthakone edged Dauseny Smith of Pocahontas, 9-8.
At 112, Storm Lake's Cole Raglen won the title. He opened with a bye, then pinned Jon Bruner of Carroll Kuemper in the semis. Raglen pinned Kelly Moritz of Manson NW Webster in the championship match.
At 119 pounds, Storm Lake's Jared Brashears took second. Brashears opened with a bye, then pinned MNA's Jordan Clapper at four minutes, 56 seconds. Brashears was pinned in the championship match by Ben Klocke of Kuemper.
At 125, Storm Lake's Jose Diaz opened by pinning Bradon Kenne of Pocahontas before losing by pin in the semis to Blake Faucher of Guthrie Center.
In the loser's bracket, Diaz beat Carroll's Stephen Springer before winning 17-6 over MNWs Keegan Barkley in the match for third place.
At 130 pounds, Storm Lake's Patrick Higgins finished fifth. He opened with a 5-1, overtime loss to eventual champion Zach Beekma of Pocahontas. Higgins won his next match, but lost in the consolation round to Tyler Grossman of Kuemper. In the match for fifth place, Higgins pinned Chet Case of Kuemper at 1:26.
The Tornadoes' entrant at 135, Ryan Lovstad, took fourth place. He opened with a 6-4 win over David Crawford of Denison Schleswig before dropping a 5-3 decision to Andrew of Bianchis in the semifinals.
Lovstad rebounded with a 3-2 decision over Shane Kierkegaard of Pocahontas to capture fourth place honors.
At 145, Tornado senior Daniel Higgins won the weight title. In his first match of the day, Higgins pinned Eric Heimen of Kuemper, then pinned Chris Reil of Guthrie Center in the semis. In the 145 championship match, Higgins won a technical fall by beating Jordan Trashynski of Manson NW Webster.
Storm Lake won its third championship of the day when sophomore Ben Seaman won the 152-pound title.
Seaman opened by pinning Alex Sharfenkamp of Kuemper at 27 seconds. In the semifinals, Seaman decisioned Carter Steele 4-2 to reach the finals. In the finals, Seaman won a 16-1 decision over Taylor Rosonke of Carroll.
At 160, Storm Lake's Keith Wolfe took home a fifth-place medal. After losing his opening match, Wolfe won via forfeit, then lost in the consolation semifinals.
In the match for fifth place, Wolfe won a 6-5 decision over Aaron Ruskell of Denison Schleswig.
Also for the Tornadoes, Jorge Hernandez took fifth at 145 pounds. He opened with a loss to Wes Pudenz of Kuemper, then won his first consolation match via forfeit before losing in the consolation semis.
In the match for fifth place, Hernandez pinned Nick Schulte of Carroll at 2:28.
Coach Seaman added that his team had made progress since the opening day of practice.
"We're looking forward to the holiday break and a chance to make even more progress," he said.