Tigers win 7th straight Lakes title
Spencer keeps streak alive with 48-33 over SLP
For the seventh consecutive year, the Spencer wrestlers are conference dual champions. The Tigers got four pins and took advantage of four forfeits to beat Lakes rival Spirit Lake Park, 48-33, Thursday night at the Field House in Spencer.
Spencer has won every dual conference title since 2007, and hasn't lost a conference dual since that same year. The Tigers will carry a 45-dual conference win streak into next year.
"I'm really proud of our guys," Spencer coach David Schaefer said. "We overcame a lot of adversity this week. We had a lot of flu going around and only had five guys in our room on Monday night because of it. We had quite a few guys who weren't close to 100 percent go out and give it their best effort. They really battled back from it and responded to keep the streak going."
Senior John Christopherson started the dual at 126 with a quick pin of Ben Parks in 47 seconds, followed by Levi Gilmore winning by forfeit at 132. Spirit Lake Park would win the next three matches, one by technical fall and two by pin, to take the early lead, 17-12.
Zach Skopec won 15-0 at 138, while Kenten Murray (145) and David Trucksess (152) scored first-period pins for SLP.
Tanner Schaefer put Spencer back on top with a pin of Justin Jones at 160, and Blaine Johnson recorded the third Spencer pin of the evening to take the 24-17 lead.
Jacob Jenness (182) and Brady Mart (195) won by major decision and fall, respectively, to put the Indians back in front, 27-24, after nine weight classes. Things opened up for Spencer as they jumped ahead with back-to-back forfeits at 220 and 285 from SLP, and Dylan Huntoon pinned Gage Roberts in the second period. Trevor Streuli won by forfeit to close the scoring for the Tigers.
"Our depth has been an asset for us," Schaefer said.
Spirit Lake senior Doug Miner, wrestling at 120 in the night's last match, won his 150th career match with a pin of Bailey Hawn in 48 seconds. Miner hasn't lost since his freshman year and won state at 106 pounds last year and at 103 in 2011.
Spencer improves to 15-3 in duals this season and is ranked No. 7 in Class 2A in the latest Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association's poll. The Tigers will wrestle at the Ankeny Invitational this Saturday.
LAKES WRESTLING DUAL
Thursday, Jan. 17 - Spencer Field House
Spencer 48, Spirit Lake Park 33
|126 - John Christopherson (S) pinned Ben Parks, 0:47||6-0|
|132 - Levi Gilmore (S) won by forfeit||12-0|
|138 - Zach Skopec (SLP) tech. fall over Tyson Samsel, 15-0, 3:15||12-5|
|145 - Kenten Murray (SLP) pinned Hunter Cauthron, 1:31||12-11|
|152 - David Trucksess (SLP) pinned Jacob Sandvig, 0:37||12-17|
|160 - Tanner Schaefer (S) pinned Justin Jones, 1:27||18-17|
|170 - Blaine Johnson (S) pinned Javier Tapia, 2:43||24-17|
|182 - Jacob Jenness (SLP) won by major dec. over Pierce Jensen, 12-0||24-21|
|195 - Brady Mart (SLP) pinned Austin Roberts, 1:52||24-27|
|220 - Tony Botcher (S) won by forfeit||30-27|
|285 - Chance Tatman (S) won by forfeit||36-27|
|106 - Dylan Huntoon (S) pinned Gage Roberts, 2:51||42-27|
|113 - Trevor Streuli (S) won by forfeit||48-27|
|120 - Doug Miner (SLP) pinned Bailey Hawn, 0:48||48-33|