Tigers back on mat winning Lakes duals

Friday, January 4, 2013
Spencer's Cody Huckfelt controls Cherokee's Drake Bechtel in the 106-pound match to open the Lakes double dual Thursday, Jan. 3 in Spencer. Huckfelt won twice, as did the Tigers, beating Cherokee, 59-18, and ELC, 57-20. (Photos by Michael Fischer)

Spencer opens after break with two big wins

The Spencer wrestling team returned to action after a two-week holiday break and picked up where they left off with their Lakes Conference dual winning streak. The Tigers won their 43rd and 44th consecutive Lakes dual, defeating Cherokee, 59-18, and ELC, 57-20. ELC edged Cherokee, 40-39, in the other dual.

Spencer is unbeaten in duals this season (11-0). They picked up five pins against Cherokee (along with three forfeits) and three falls versus ELC (with six forfeits).

Spencer's Tyson Samsel throws Cherokee's Andy Pitts to the mat during their 138-pound match on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Fieldhouse in Spencer. The Tigers beat the Braves, 59-18, with Samsel winning a 10-6 decision.

"I thought we were a little flat tonight, some of that has to do with the forfeits, but we've got to persevere in those situations," head coach Dave Schaefer said. "It was good to get the wins and good to get back and refocused."

Starting this Saturday, Spencer will make three trips south to tournaments and face some of the state's best competition. The Tigers will wrestle at the Ames tournament this Saturday.

"It's a great challenge for us and it's an opportunity to get tested against some tough competition," Schaefer said. "We've got some things to clean up from tonight. We'll respond to the challenge."

In the only match featuring two ranked wrestlers Thursday night, ELC's Oscar Ramirez handed Levi Gilmore his first loss on the season (19-1), a 16-6 major decision at 132 pounds. Ramirez placed sixth last year at 120 pounds.

Spencer senior Tony Botcher puts Cherokee's Alex Sordgrager in a cradle during the first period Thursday night. Botcher won by fall in 59 seconds.

"Levi's looking forward to another shot at him. They'll be matched up a few more times at conference, and sectionals and districts. We like our chances down the line," Schaefer said.

It was also Senior Night at the Fieldhouse, where seven senior wrestlers were honored, as well as senior managers, cheerleaders and statisticians. The senior wrestlers this year are Bailey Hawn, John Christopherson, Tanner Schaefer, Blaine Johnson, Tony Botcher, Joe Strock and Dustin Meyeraan.

The next dual for Spencer will be Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Sheldon.



Spencer 59, Cherokee 18

106 - Cody Huckfelt (S) major dec. over Drake Bechtel, 13-24-0
113 - Trevor Streuli (S) won by forfeit10-0
120 - Bailey Hawn (S) won by forfeit16-0
126 - John Christopherson (S) major dec. over Hunter Morrow, 13-120-0
132 - Levi Gilmore (S) pinned Christian Lundy, 3:1526-0
138 - Tyson Samsel (S) won by dec. over Andy Pitts, 10-629-0
145 - Hunter Cauthron (S) won by forfeit35-0
152 - Blake Booth (C) pinned Jacob Sandvig, 4:4035-6
160 - Luke Zeiman (C) pinned Tristin Vermulm, 0:4535-12
170 - Blaine Johnson (S) pinned Mason Meitzenhimer, 4:3141-12
182 - Pierce Jensen (S) pinned Derek Bechtel, 1:1147-12
195 - Dustin Meyeraan (S) pinned Skyler Mongan, 2:3553-12
220 - Tony Botcher (S) pinned Alex Sordgrager, 0:5959-12
285 - Michael Rosewell (C) pinned Casey Seversen, 0:5759-18

Spencer 57, ELC 20

120 - Bailey Hawn (S) pinned Cole Budach, 4:006-0
126 - John Christopherson (S) won by forfeit12-0
132 - Oscar Ramirez (E) major dec. over Levi Gilmore, 16-612-4
138 - Tyson Samsel (S) dec. over Thomas Bortvit, 7-215-4
145 - Blake Gjerde (E) major dec. over Hunter Cauthron, 10-115-8
152 - Billy Snyder (E) pinned Jacob Sandvig, 5:4715-14
160 - Tanner Schaefer (S) won by forfeit21-14
170 - Blaine Johnson (S) pinned Jacob Bortvit, 3:0127-14
182 - Pierce Jensen (S) won by forfeit33-14
195 - Dustin Meyeraan (S) won by forfeit39-14
220 - Chase Bonner (E) pinned Tony Botcher, 0:4439-20
285 - Casey Seversen (S) won by forfeit45-20
106 - Cody Huckfelt (S) pinned Easton Gifford, 1:5251-20
113 - Trevor Streuli (S) won by forfeit57-20
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