Iowa Lakes wrestling advanced eight wrestlers to the 2017 NJCAA National Wrestling Championships held in Council Bluffs this weekend at the Mid-American Center.
Advancing for the Lakers were: Brian Maas at 125 pounds, George Farmah at 133 pounds, Anthony "Kaz" Maia at 149 pounds and Brady Brott at 157 pounds. Also advancing were Andrew Tate at 165 pounds, Isiah Cox at 184 pounds, Christian Dulaney at 197 pounds and heavyweight Cayelon Barton.
Four wrestlers advanced to the finals of the regional qualifier however all four would come up short in their title matches.
George Farmah lost 5-6 to IA Central's Zak Hensley. Kaz Maia lost 2-6 to IA Central's Brandon Murray. Andrew Tate lost 5-9 to NIACC's Tucker Black and Christian Dulaney lost by medical forfeit to Tim Young of Ellsworth.
"We wanted our guys to fight hard from the start and we did," noted Laker Head Coach Cody Alesch. We are in an very tough region and if you don't show up the day can turn ugly real fast."