(Photos by Michael Fischer)
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).
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.
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.
LAKES CONFERENCE WRESTLING
SPENCER FIELDhOUSE - JAN. 3
Spencer 59, Cherokee 18
|106 - Cody Huckfelt (S) major dec. over Drake Bechtel, 13-2||4-0|
|113 - Trevor Streuli (S) won by forfeit||10-0|
|120 - Bailey Hawn (S) won by forfeit||16-0|
|126 - John Christopherson (S) major dec. over Hunter Morrow, 13-1||20-0|
|132 - Levi Gilmore (S) pinned Christian Lundy, 3:15||26-0|
|138 - Tyson Samsel (S) won by dec. over Andy Pitts, 10-6||29-0|
|145 - Hunter Cauthron (S) won by forfeit||35-0|
|152 - Blake Booth (C) pinned Jacob Sandvig, 4:40||35-6|
|160 - Luke Zeiman (C) pinned Tristin Vermulm, 0:45||35-12|
|170 - Blaine Johnson (S) pinned Mason Meitzenhimer, 4:31||41-12|
|182 - Pierce Jensen (S) pinned Derek Bechtel, 1:11||47-12|
|195 - Dustin Meyeraan (S) pinned Skyler Mongan, 2:35||53-12|
|220 - Tony Botcher (S) pinned Alex Sordgrager, 0:59||59-12|
|285 - Michael Rosewell (C) pinned Casey Seversen, 0:57||59-18|
Spencer 57, ELC 20
|120 - Bailey Hawn (S) pinned Cole Budach, 4:00||6-0|
|126 - John Christopherson (S) won by forfeit||12-0|
|132 - Oscar Ramirez (E) major dec. over Levi Gilmore, 16-6||12-4|
|138 - Tyson Samsel (S) dec. over Thomas Bortvit, 7-2||15-4|
|145 - Blake Gjerde (E) major dec. over Hunter Cauthron, 10-1||15-8|
|152 - Billy Snyder (E) pinned Jacob Sandvig, 5:47||15-14|
|160 - Tanner Schaefer (S) won by forfeit||21-14|
|170 - Blaine Johnson (S) pinned Jacob Bortvit, 3:01||27-14|
|182 - Pierce Jensen (S) won by forfeit||33-14|
|195 - Dustin Meyeraan (S) won by forfeit||39-14|
|220 - Chase Bonner (E) pinned Tony Botcher, 0:44||39-20|
|285 - Casey Seversen (S) won by forfeit||45-20|
|106 - Cody Huckfelt (S) pinned Easton Gifford, 1:52||51-20|
|113 - Trevor Streuli (S) won by forfeit||57-20|