LEMARS - Lakes Conference wrestling powerhouse stole the show in LeMars Friday, running away with the conference meet championship by piling up 241.5 points as they crown four champions and three runners up.
Spirit Lake took second at 178.5, LeMars third at 173, Emmetsburg fourth at 153, Estherville-Lincoln Central fifth at 135.5, Cherokee sixth at 127, Storm Lake seventh at 115.5 and Western Christian eighth at 74.
The Tornadoes were led by by two second place finishes as Noel Banuelos at 160 pounds and Adrian Castillo at 182 both advanced to the final before falling to highly-ranked foes. Banuelos picked up two straight victories via pin over Emmetsburg's Wes Brennen and Cherokee's Luke Zeiman, before he fell at the hands of fourth-ranked Tanner Schaefer (34-1) by tech fall, 17-2. Banuelos improved to 21-11 with his runner up showing.
Castillo improved to 17-6 on the season as he pinned LeMars' Dillan Bellt in 2:23, and edged Western Christian's Drew Hoekstra, 2-1. He fell to top-ranked and undefeated Andrew Wellik of Emmetsburg by pin in the finals in 2:51.
152-pounder Cole Feltner turned in a third place showing as he dropped his opener but wrestled back to win three in a row, including a 46-second pin over Spencer's Jacob Sandvig to wrap up third place.
Juan Figueroa had a fourth place finish at 132 as he opened with a pin in 52 seconds over Spirit Lake's Ethan Bergendahl, before falling to 4th-ranked and undefeated OScar Ramirez of ELC, 8-0. Figueroa won by tech-fall over Christian Lundy, 16-0, but had to pull out of the third-place match with an injury.
Ronald Duque also took fourth at 126 as he turned in a 2-2 showing with losses to John Christopherson (40-1) of Spencer and Nicholas Merwald (23-9) of Emmetsburg. Duque now sits at 10-7.
Fifth place finishes went to John Drexler at 113, and Kyle Weigert at 145. Sixth went to Darren Eades at 120, Juan Morales at 138, Jose Acebedo at 195 and Nathan Carlson at 285.
The Tornadoes will be in their second-to-last regular season meet Tuesday night at Ridge View.