Patrick Higgins went 3-0 to win his league title at 140 pounds at the Lakes Conference meet here Friday, at which the Tornadoes placed fifth with 147.5 points.
Higgins first beat Estherville-Lincoln Central's Seth Shatto by technical fall, then picked up a pair of decisions over Sheldon/South O'Brien's Kurt Kroger and Spencer's Justin Hargrave, in that order. His title victory over Hargrave was a hotly contested 5-4 decision.
"Patrick had a good tourney and it was nice to see him win the conference championship," said Tornadoes coach Ty Seaman. "We really felt good about the way we wrestled. We had a good meet. The kids wrestled hard and we won some matches in the last minute just because we stayed after it.
"We have two weeks to really work hard and improve on the little things before the districts."
That 3A district meet is Saturday, Feb. 9 at noon at Fort Dodge. The Tornadoes will be up against Ames, Ankeny, Boone, Denison-Schleswig, Fort Dodge, Johnston and Spencer.
Gabrial Torres (103) earned Lakes Conference silver Friday, while Jose Diaz (125), Ryan Lovstad (145), Ben Seaman (152) and Jorge Hernandez (285) all finished third.
Tonight is Parents Night at Tornado Fieldhouse as the senior wrestlers look to go out in style on their home mats against Alta and East Sac County, with mat action kicking off at 6 p.m.
LAKES CONFERENCE MEET
Team Scores: 1. Spencer 237.5, 2. Spirit Lake Park 179.5, 3. Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted 165, 4. Sheldon/South O'Brien 158, 5. Storm Lake 147.5, 6. Le Mars 79.5, 7. Estherville-Lincoln Central 77, 8. Cherokee 59, 9. Hull Western Christian 56.5
Storm Lake Results
103 - Gabrial Torres (2nd): Pinned by Lewis Johnson (SLP), 5:58
112 - Miguel Rodriguez (6th): Pinned by Brock Storm (SPE), 0:39; pinned Cody Cumming (LEM), 1:52; pinned by Austin Greig (ELC), 4:20; pinned by Nick Larsen (EMM), 1:29
119 - Chris Rios (5th): Pinned Nathan Spoo (ELC), 3:00; lost 11-4 dec. to Ryan Edwardson (SPE); lost 7-4 dec. to Quinton Vore (LEM); pinned Spoo, 3:52
125 - Jose Diaz (3rd): lost 14-3 major dec. to Evan Quail (SPE); pinned Jacob Stubbs (EMM), 4:54; pinned Spencer Tischer (SSO), 3:50
135 - Zach Glassford (6th): Pinned by James Randall (SPE), 0:29; pinned Andrew Koehlimoos (SSO), 5:08; lost 14-6 major dec. to Ryan Kaltved (ELC); lost 20-9 major dec. to Zach Reed (LEM)
140 - Patrick Higgins (1st): T-Fall Seth Shatto (ELC), 16-0; dec. Kurt Kroger (SSO), 5-1; dec. Justin Hargrave (SPE), 5-4
145 - Ryan Lovstad (3rd): Pinned Cullen Andera (SLP), 3:16; lost by 17-1 T-Fall to Matt Wilkerson (SPE); pinned Steven Velt (CHE), 2:20; pinned Dan Ridenour (SSO), 1:40
152 - Ben Seaman (3rd): Pinned Knute Klinker (SSO), 1:00; pinned by Nick Loughlin (CHE), 5:01; major dec. Jacob Zobrist (SPE), 8-0; dec. Klinker, 9-7
160 - Tony Pertzborn (4th): Pinned James Granstra (SSO), 3:50; lost 4-3 dec. to Ben Beitelspacher (LEM); pinned Tyler Buys (HWC), 2:10; dec. Brett Goldtrap (SPL), 6-5
215 - Juan Flores (5th): Pinned by Adam Leuer (EMM), 3:26; pinned Peter Cosgrove (CHE), 2:01; lost 9-6 dec. to Pete Matthews (SSO); pinned Jose Leanos (HWC), 2:00
285 - Jorge Hernandez (3rd): Pinned Chris Stevenson (LEM), 0:48; pinned by Casey Muissigmann (SPE), 0:56; pinned Brian Tjossem (SSO), 3:56; dec. Wade Franek (SLP), 8-3