The Spencer wrestling program opened its season Thursday night with two dual wins in Graettinger, a 69-9 win over GTRA and a 54-26 victory over Okoboji. The Tigers recorded seven pins against GTRA and six versus Okoboji.
For head coach David Schaefer, the first meets are about getting back to live competition and gauging where the team is.
"It's always important in these early competitions to see where you're at," Schaefer said. "It gives us a base to identify and evaluate each wrestler. We're looking at the basic fundamentals of positioning and some very technical things in all facets of our technique. We'll need to address some things in a hurry before Saturday."
The Tigers will wrestle at the Okoboji tournament Saturday at 10:30 a.m., which features 10 teams.
Spencer's returning state qualifiers got back in the action and dominated their respective matches. Senior John Christopherson earned two quick pins at 126 pounds, the fastest of the night against GTRA's Sam George in 46 seconds, and in 1:00 versus Kaleb Vanderpool of Okoboji.
Tanner Schaefer, who's ranked No. 1 at 160 pounds in The Predicament's rankings in 2A, also got two first-period pins - one in 54 seconds and the next in 1:12.
Levi Gilmore wrestled just once due to a forfeit by GTRA, earning a second-period pin of Okoboji's Cameron Arnold at 138 pounds. Gilmore and Schaefer both are up one weight class from last year, while Christopherson returns at 126.
Spencer's Trevor Streuli started the season 2-0 at 113 pounds without having to break a sweat as both his matches were forfeited by opponents.
Freshman Austin Roberts got two pins in his Spencer wrestling debut. The first at 195 pounds against GTRA, and at 220 pounds versus Okoboji.
"It was great to see Austin Roberts pin both his guys tonight. That was really cool," Schaefer said.
GTRA got wins at heavyweight by Cody Thompson (fall, 1:14) and at 132 pounds by Austin Thompson over Tyson Samsel, 5-3. GTRA freshman Alex Hoffman battled state-qualifer Bailey Hawn at 120 pounds but fell by decision, 2-1.
Okoboji's Taylor Cody (145), Jordan Hanna (152) and Justin Richardson (182) all got pins for the Pioneers. Noah Bouse won by major decision over Nick Gross at 132 pounds, and Jacob Sauter won by major decision at heavyweight, 13-2.
GTRA's Ty Gibson, who finished fifth at state last year, didn't wrestle against Spencer.
|Weight class||Running score|
|170 - Blaine Johnson (S) won by fall (1:13) over Matt McGrauth||6-0|
|182 - Pierce Jensen (S) won by fall (3:35) over Kevin Smith||12-0|
|195 - Austin Roberts (S) won by fall (2:38) over Kyle Long||18-0|
|220 - Ben Pingel (S) won by forfeit||24-0|
|285 - Cody Thompson (GT) won by fall (1:14) over Casey Severson||24-6|
|106 - Dylan Huntoon (S) won by forfeit||30-6|
|113 - Trevor Streuli (S) won by forfeit||36-6|
|120 - Bailey Hawn (S) won by decision (2-1) over Alex Hoffman||39-6|
|126 - John Christopherson (S) won by fall (0:46) over Sam George||45-6|
|132 - Austin Thompson (GT) won by decision (5-3) over Tyson Samsel||45-9|
|138 - Levi Gilmore (S) won by forfeit||51-9|
|145 - Adam W. Johnson (S) won by fall (2:53) over Tyler Hoffman||57-9|
|152 - Hunter Cauthron (S) won by fall (0:50) over Hunter Brown||63-9|
|160 - Tanner Schaefer (S) won by fall (0:54) over Kodi Ferguson||69-9|
|182 - Justin Richardson (O) won by fall (3:50) over Pierce Jensen||0-6|
|195 - Ben Pingel (S) won by forfeit||6-6|
|220 - Austin Roberts (S) won by fall (3:12) over Jordan Hansen||12-6|
|285 - Jacob Sauter (O) won by major decision (13-2) over Casey Severson||12-10|
|106 - Dylan Huntoon (S) won by fall (5:08) over Brady Jones||18-10|
|113 - Trevor Streuli (S) won by forfeit||24-10|
|120 - Bailey Hawn (S) won by fall (1:13) over Ryan Bolster||30-10|
|126 - John Christopherson (S) won by fall (1:00) over Kaleb Vanderpool||36-10|
|132 - Noah Bouse (O) won by major decision (11-1) over Nick Gross||36-14|
|138 - Levi Gilmore (S) won by fall (3:34) over Cameron Arnold||42-14|
|145 - Taylor Cody (O) won by fall (3:49) over Adam W. Johnson||42-20|
|152 - Jordan Hanna (O) won by fall (5:07) over Hunter Cauthron||42-26|
|160 - Tanner Schaefer (S) won by fall (1:12) over Brian Pollock||48-26|
|170 - Blaine Johnson (S) won by forfeit||54-26|