Ridge View wrestling takes eighth, Alta-Aurelia sixth at Doug Wood Invite
MANSON - The Raptor grapplers took eighth place on Saturday at the Doug Wood Invitational in their first tournament of the season. Six of the eight Ridge View wrestlers who competed placed on the day. Alta-Aurelia also competed at the tournament, finishing sixth out of the 12 schools competingng.
“We see a lot of good competition and some schools that we will not see the rest of the season. Its always good to start off with a tough tournament like this,” RV coach Caleb Christensen said. “We saw some good things. A lot of our guys are starting to put practice to performance on the mat. We still have a long way to go, but another good week of competition coming up should help us to see and refine some of the things we are doing.”
Freshman Damein Garcia at 126 went 2-2 on the day and ended up in fifth place. Fellow freshman Gary Baughn at 138 went to the consolation finals and went home with fourth place.
“Gary is really wrestling well in his first high school season, he wrestles very tough and physical,” Christensen said.
At 145, sophomore Dylan Wood came away with fifth place. Senior Lance Else at 160 had the best finish of the day for the Raptors, going home with a second place finish.
“He (Else) wrestled a tough finals match against eighth ranked Brody Goodman of South Central Calhoun. Lance is really starting to turn a corner,” Christensen said. “He is a rock in our lineup as he has been since his freshman year. He’s really starting to take on a leadership role in the wrestling room.”
Sophomore Chase Hansen took sixth at 195, sophomore Tate Phillps fifth at 285 and Trent Miller fourth at 220.
“All in all it was a good day for us. Again, seeing great competition like that is good for us and will help in the long run,” Christensen said.
The Alta-Aurelia Warriors had two first place finishes at the event as at 220 weight class, Nick Gaes was better than the competition, going through Alex Jacobsen of Manson-NW Webster in 20 seconds to start his day. Gaes then got past Devario Collins of Clarinda Academy in 1:20 via fall. The semis saw him matched up against RV’s Miller and won in 1:01 via fall. In the finals, Gaes worked a bit longer than he had all day, but pinned OA-BCIG’s Tyler Anderson in 2:22.
Alex De Roos at 170 claimed the other first place spot. De Roos won all three of his contests in less than 30 seconds via fall. At 120, Schade Larson earned a second place finish for the Warriors. He fell in the finals against Manson’s Carson Collins in the finals via fall in 33 seconds. At 106 Tyler Peterson finished fourth as did Sam Sherkenbach at 113. Sam Zimmerman at 152 and Brock Mier at 182 both came away with a sixth place finish. Tyler Gaes at 160 and Brandon Mier at 190 did not place.
Ridge View was on the mat Tuesday night against three schools and will be back on the mats on Thursday night against Woodbury Central and Lawton-Bronson. Alta-Aurelia will get back to the duals on Thursday as they head to Emmetsburg to take on the host school and Cherokee.