Emmetsburg's E-Hawks closed out their 2012-13 regular dual season with a pair of wins over Pocahontas Area and Algona on Tuesday night. The seven seniors on the squad were also feted, along with two 100-match winners.
Nick Schany was honored for earning 101 career victories Saturday night at the Herb Irgens Invitational in Ida Grove, and Austin McCartan was feted after winning his 100th match with a 12-Major decision over Algona's Jeff Buchanan.
Starting at 126 pounds against Pocahontas Area, Nick Merwald earned a 2:37 win by fall over Edgar Ayala and at 132, Tyler Leuer won a 9-1 Major decision over Connor Schoening. Chris VanHeuvelen won a 13-1 Major decision over Nathan Kulp at 138 and at 145, Caige Elbert received a win by forfeit.
Joe Schmidt was pinned in :45 by Tyler Hubrich at 152 but at 160, Wes Brennan pinned Matt Lenz in 3:13 of their match.
Emmetsburg would forfeit at 170, but Andrew Wellik needed just :26 to pin Tyler Case in action at 182. Austin McCartan earned win number 99 with a 1;10 win by fall over Zach Schott at 195 before Tanner Dahm lost an 8-3 decision to Jeremy Watson at 220.
At 285, Tayler Wegner pinned Josh Dalsten in 2:38, but at 106, Dillon VanOosbree lost a hard-fought, 9-5 decision to Joe Minkler. At 113, Brett Steinkamp was pinned in 4::51 by Mitchel Brinkman before Jake Miller closed out the dual with a :45 win by fall over Dameon Doyen for the 50-24 final.
In the nightcap, Algona took the early lead, winning the first five matches.
At 138, Chris VanHeuvelen was pinned in 3:10 by Kory Kuecker and at 145, Caige Elbert lost a 9-1 Major decision to Austin Long. Joe Schmidt was pinned in 1:54 by Weston Shaw in the 152 pound match and at 160, the E-Hawks forfeited to Dillon Waite. Wes Brennan would be pinned by Tyler Frieders in 1:49 of the 170 pound match to give the Bulldogs a 28-0 lead over the E-Hawks.
But the tide turned quickly. Andrew Wellik pinned Garrett Johnson in 1:24 of the 182 pound match and at 195, Austin McCartan collected a 12-1 Major decision victory over Jeff Buchanan for the 100th career victory.
Tayler Wegner would win a 4-3 decision over Michael Mather in action at 220 pounds, but at 285, Tanner Dahm was pinned in 1:36 by Chandler Holmes to make the score 13-34.
But Algona would score no more from that point on.
At 106, Dillon VanOosbree earned a 9-7 decision win over Matt Hutchison, and at 113, Brett Steinkamp recorded a 3:05 win by fall over Tyler Decker. Jake Miller received a win by forfeit at 120, making the score 28-34 and at 126 pounds, Nick Merwald needed just :38 to pin Jake Adams to tie the duel at 34-34.
With the duel on the line, Tyler Leuer jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, just missing out on a fall to end the first period of his match with Josh Strohman, but scored a 2:51 win by fall to give Emmetsburg the 40-34 win.
Emmetsburg will compete in the Lakes Conference Tournament this Friday at LeMars.