BRITT - Emmetsburg's E-Hawk wrestlers traveled to Britt for the Class 1A Regional Duals Tuesday night and earned a split, but will not advance to the State Duals. The E-Hawks defeated Lake Mills by a 46-30 margin, but in the match for the trip to the state tourney, the E-Hawks fell to top-ranked Clarion-Goldfield by a 51-21 score.
Going into the Regional Dual, the E-Hawks were ranked 16th in Class 1A in the dual team rankings. Action started at 195 pounds in the first dual with Lake Mills, coached by former E-Hawk wrestler Alex Brandenburg.
At 195, Tayler Wegner needed just :12 to pin Andy Nicholson, but at 220, Tanner Dahm was pinned in 3:55 by Josh Perez. Andrew Garrelts earned a 1:24 win by fall over Trevor Larson in the 285 pound match before Brett Steinkamp earned a win by forfeit at 106 pounds.
Emmetsburg’s Joe Schmidt tries to get out from under the control of Lake Mills’ Andy Dahle during action at Tuesday’s Regional Duals. Schmidt would be the victim of a fall in his 138 pound match. --Dan Voigt photo
Joey Lowman would lose to Scott Wogen in a 5:14 fall at 113 pounds, but at 120, Nick Merwald rallied late in his match with Lincoln Boehmer and earned a 5:48 win by fall to put the E-Hawks ahead 24-12.
Caige Elbert would be pinned in 1:52 by Noah Irons in the 126 pound match, while at 132 pounds, Tyler Leuer earned a 2-1 decision victory over Brady Schmidt. Joe Schmidt would fall victim to Andy Dahle in a :59 fall in the 138 pound match, and at 145 pounds, Justin Studer was pinned in 1:29 of his match with Calvin Beal as Lake Mills took a 30-27 lead.
However, those would be the last points for Lake Mills, as Brady Bailey came up with a 1:47 win by fall over Cameron Peterson in the 152 pound match to retake the lead. Nick Schany would follow up with a 10-4 decision win over Jon Erickson at 160 pounds. At 170, Andrew Wellik earned a :55 win by fall over Andrew Olsen and Austin McCartan finished off the dual with a 14-4 Major Decision over Ben Irons for the 46-30 win.
In the dual to determine the state qualifier, Emmetsburg got down early against the top-ranked Cowboys of Clarion-Goldfield and would fall by a 51-21 final score.
Starting at 220 pounds, Tanner Dahm lost a hard-fought 3-1 decision to Caleb Hanson before Andrew Garrelts was caught and pinned in 5:01 of the 285 pound match by Mitch Gambrell.
At 106 pounds, Brett Steinkamp was pinned in 4:34 by Zeke Rosenboom and Joey Lowman was pinned in 1:01 of the 113 pound match by Joel Haberman. At 120, Nick Merwald would loose an 18-3 Technical Fall in 4:45 to Aaron Anderson to give the Cowboys a 26-0 lead.
Caige Elbert would be pinned in 5:02 by Taylor Lehman in the 126 pound match and at 132, Tyler Leuer would lose a 14-2 Major Decision to Marcus Peterson. Joe Schmidt would be pinned in :32 by Sam Solis in the 138 pound match to make the score 42-0 against the E-Hawks.
At 145 pounds, Justin Studer battled Matt Odland hard but came up short in an 8-2 decision loss before the E-Hawks got their first points when Brady Bailey received a win by forfeit at 152 pounds.
Nick Schany would earn an 11-2 Major Decision over Jake Haberman at 160 pounds and at 170, Andrew Wellik pinned Ryan Anderson in 1:07.
Austin McCartan added a :55 win by fall over Bailey Kothe in action at 182 before Tayler Wegner was pinned in :47 of the 195 pound match to end the E-Hawks' dual team season with the 51-21 loss.