Tigers win 7th straight Lakes title

Friday, January 18, 2013
Spencer's Blaine Johnson controls Spirit Lake Park's Javier Tapia in the 170-pound weight class Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Field House in Spencer. Johnson pinned Tapia in the second period, and the Tigers would pin the Indians, 48-33, to win their seventh-straight Lakes dual title. (Photos by Michael Fischer)

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.

Spencer's Dylan Huntoon pins Spirit Lake Park's Gage Roberts during the 106-pound match of the Lakes Conference competition on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Field House in Spencer. The Tigers would take the Lakes Conference championship with the 48-33 victory.

"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.

Spencer's Tanner Schaefer locks up Spirit Lake Park's Justin Jones during the meet at the Field House in Spencer on Thursday, Jan. 17. Schaefer would get the fall in 1:27 and the Tigers would beat the Indians, 48-33, to earn the Lakes Conference Dual Championship.

"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.


Thursday, Jan. 17 - Spencer Field House

Spencer 48, Spirit Lake Park 33

126 - John Christopherson (S) pinned Ben Parks, 0:476-0
132 - Levi Gilmore (S) won by forfeit12-0
138 - Zach Skopec (SLP) tech. fall over Tyson Samsel, 15-0, 3:1512-5
145 - Kenten Murray (SLP) pinned Hunter Cauthron, 1:3112-11
152 - David Trucksess (SLP) pinned Jacob Sandvig, 0:3712-17
160 - Tanner Schaefer (S) pinned Justin Jones, 1:2718-17
170 - Blaine Johnson (S) pinned Javier Tapia, 2:4324-17
182 - Jacob Jenness (SLP) won by major dec. over Pierce Jensen, 12-024-21
195 - Brady Mart (SLP) pinned Austin Roberts, 1:5224-27
220 - Tony Botcher (S) won by forfeit30-27
285 - Chance Tatman (S) won by forfeit36-27
106 - Dylan Huntoon (S) pinned Gage Roberts, 2:5142-27
113 - Trevor Streuli (S) won by forfeit48-27
120 - Doug Miner (SLP) pinned Bailey Hawn, 0:4848-33
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