FORT DODGE - The Storm Lake wrestling team ventured to Fort Dodge on Saturday, finishing 10th out of 11 teams they turned in a team score of 70 at the meet.
The host Dodgers won the event, the Don Miller Invitational, as they crowned three individual champions and two runner-ups on their way to 203 points. Webster City was second at 171.5, Clarinda third (147.5), Emmetsburg fourth (140) and Sioux City East fifth (121).
A total of 16 ranked wrestlers and 15 state qualifiers from a year ago were part of the field on Saturday.
The Tornadoes were led by a third place finish from Juan Figueroa at 132. Darren Eades and Ronald Duque were fourth at 120 and 126, respectively. Sixth went to Kyle Wiegert at 145, Austin Patrick at 160, Noel Buenelos at 170 and Adrian Castillo at 182, and seventh went to Jose Acebedo at 195 and Nathan Carlson at 285.
" It's was definitely a learning experience that will help us in the future," said Storm Lake head coach Curt Radcliff. "Everyone wrestled hard. We need to start putting more moves together and finish the ones we start. Juan Figueroa is just about ready to begin winning close matches. He is working hard and getting better but needs to have more confidence in himself. I think that is our entire team at this point. We need to believe in ourselves."
The Tornadoes are now off until after the holidays as they return to action on January 3rd in Emmetsburg.