Emmetsburg split its season-opening contests on the wrestling mats in Forest City on Thursday night. The E-Hawks fell to Forest City by a 54-28 score, but came back to defeat West Hancock by a 42-39 margin for a 1-1 mark on the young season.
Against Forest City, the E-Hawks were without Andrew Wellik, Nick Schany and Austin McCartan with injuries, forcing a re-shuffling of the lineup.
Starting at 160 pounds, Brady Bailey pinned Cade Baker in 3:32, but Scott Wurzer was pinned in 1:27 at 170 pounds. At 182, Wes Brennan was pinned in 1:35 by Jake Staudt before the E-Hawks forfeited at 195 pounds.
At 220, Taylor Wegner pinned Tyler Putney in 1:18, but Tanner Dahm was pinned in 1:31 in the 285 pound match by Zach Laidig. At 106, Dillon VanOosbree was pinned in 1:07 by Andrew Mettrey and at 113, Brett Steinkamp lost in a 4:31 pin at the hands of Pierce Gelhaus.
At 120, Jake Miller pinned Tristen Boehm in 4:59 and Nick Merwald earned a 9-0 Major Decision in action at 126 over Michael Messersmith.
At 132, Chance Saathoff was pinned in 1:03 by Derrik Wubben and at 138, Chris VanHeuvelen was pinned in 1:44 by Ryan Jordahl.
Caige Elbert was pinned in 3:11 by Beau Sorensen at 145 and at 152, Joe Schmidt was pinned in :29 by John Lawsen for the 54-28 final team score.
Against West Hancock, Scott Wurzer opened at 170 being pinned in 1:47 by Drew Redinius, and Wes Brennan was pinned in :47 by Gunnar Clark at 182. Emmetsburg forfeited at 195, but at 220, Taylor Wegner lost a hard-fought 9-7 decision to Kevin Tlach.
Tanner Dahm was pinned in :59 by Christ Schleuger to put Emmetsburg down 27-0.
At 106 pounds, Dillon VanOosbree earned a win by forfeit, but Brett Steinkamp earned a 1:01 win by fall over Logan Brown at 113 pounds.
At 120, Jack Miller needed just :19 to pin Hunter Hiscocks and Nick Merwald earned a 1:12 win by fall over Dakota Peterson at 126 pounds.
Chance Saathoff was pinned in 1:38 by Sam Smith and Chris VanHeuvelen was pinned in 4:46 by Kalyton Lamoreaux at 138 pounds.
Caige Elbert received a win by forfeit at 145 and Joe Schmidt also got a win by forfeit at 152 to make the score 36-39 before Brady Bailey earned a 2:33 win by fall over Dalton Bates for the 42-39 victory.
"Eight of our kids that wrestled tonight were underclassmen and it really showed. We did not dictate the pace of matches, our heads were on the mat, and we gave up pins without much fight." noted Head Coach Jared Pickett. "We had big nights from Brady, Merwald, and Miller. All went 2-0 and they are starting to understand that great practice habits turn into better performances during meets."