Nine area wrestlers advance to district round
Schaller-Crestland sends 3 wrestlers on; Alta, AGH qualify 2
LAURENS - Nine area wrestlers qualified for the district wrestling tournament after finishing in the top two in a Class 1A sectional tournament on Saturday at Laurens.
The district tournament is this Saturday at noon in Pocahontas.
Schaller-Crestland advanced three wrestlers to the next round, while Alta qualified two and Sioux Central and LM-ACT one each.
Schaller-Crestland's Jeff Witzke placed second at 135 pounds, while Kelly Rydberg was a champion at 140 pounds. He beat Zach Bates of Rockwell City-Lytton in the finals.
The Wildcats' Nelson Weber advanced at 275 pounds after finishing second.
Alta's Kyle Edwards will wrestle in districts after placing second at 103 pounds. The Cyclones' Blake Huseman was a champion at 189 pounds, beating Josh Ackerman of Rockwell City-Lytton in the final round.
LM-ACT's David Winkler was a champion at 145 pounds. He beat Kyle Strack of Pocahontas in the finals.
Sioux Central's Richie Thacker finished second at 112 pounds to return back to the district round.
Pocahontas won the team title with 238.5 points. Schaller-Crestland finished fourth, Alta sixth, LM-ACT seventh and Sioux Central ninth.
Class 2A at Alton
Matt Gustafson and Brian Borchers both advanced to districts after finishing first at their respective weight classes on Saturday at Alton.
The district tournament will be held this Saturday at noon in Cherokee.
Gustafson pinned Cherokee's Brandon Cates in 1 minute, 42 seconds in the finals at 130 pounds, while Borchers won by pin over Western Christian's Kelsey Van Bemmel in 1:31 in the 275-pound finals.
Three AGH wrestlers just missed qualifying for districts by finishing third - Joey Galvin at 135, Scott Radke at 160 and Kelly Kannegieter at 215 pounds.
Jon Seaton placed fourth at 103, as did Andy Todd at 152 and Matt Harris at 171. Michael Walker and Jamey Finch both placed fifth.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton won the team title with 189.5 points. AGH was sixth.
"We put ourselves in position to get about five guys on to districts, but we lost a few close matches and couldn't get a break go our way and just didn't get the job done when we needed to," AGH coach Scott Phelps said. "The coaches were disappointed along with the kids because we all had high expectations, but our kids fought hard until the end and they came away with a lot of good experiences learned that we can carry into next year."