by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield wrestlers finished in the middle-of-the-team standings with a 12th place effort of 24 teams at the Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek-Ida Grove (OABCIG) tournament in Ida Grove held over two days, Jan. 18 and 19.
A-W finished with 97.5 team points.
The Westerners are next at Kingsley-Pierson’s tournament Jan. 26, the final tournament before the Woodbury Central of Moville Class 1A sectional Feb. 2.
“Given the number of kids we had there, 12th is pretty good,” said A-W Coach Dustin Meinen of OABCIG’s meet, which was in its 43rd year.
The Westerners achieved a runner-up finish from Chet Willer at 195 pounds; Taylor James was fourth at 182 pounds; Daniel Dirks was fourth at 138 pounds; Cole Oltmanns was fourth at 145 pounds; and Tommy Toben got a sixth place finish at 120 pounds to lead the A-W efforts.
Willer came the closest to claiming a championship with a 3-1 tournament record.
“Chet beat a ranked kid, Matthew Streit of Prairie Valley in the semifinals,” said Meinen.
Willer started the tournament with a win by pin against Nolan Machovec of South Central Calhoun in 0:30. Willer then won by pin over Darin Peterson of Woodbine in 3:57. Willer won a hard-fought 5-2 decision over Streit to gain the finals spot. He lost to Austin McCartan of Emmetsburg, in a major decision, 11-3.
Also earning places for the Westerners and their results:
Dirks had a 4-2 tournament record. He beat Isaac Reis of Kingsley-Pierson by pin in 4:33. He lost to Cole Hieronimus of Sibley-Ocheyedan by pin in 2:37. He responded with a 7-3 decision win against Brandon Ure of Prairie Valley. Next for Dirks was a win by decision, 10-3, against Mitchell Corkery of Don Bosco, Gilbertville. Dirks won by major decision against Jason Kenny of Ridge View, 16-5 before losing to Chase Petersen of Audubon by a 9-2 decision.
Oltmanns also battled in six bouts and won four. He won by pin against Taeric Ezzell of West Lyon in 5:06. He lost a close 4-3 decision to Kenten Murray of Spirit Lake. In the consolation bracket, Oltmanns beat Chris Paulsen of Don Bosco in a 9-0 major decision; he beat Taylor Cody of Okoboji, 11-0 major decision; won by pin against Trevor Smith of Audubon in 3:54 and lost to Kenten Murray of Spirit Lake in a close 5-3 decision.
James had a 3-2 tournament record at 182 pounds. He won by pin against Douglas Jorgensen of Prairie Valley in 1:38. He won by pin against David Olson of Pocahontas Area in 0:54. He lost a close 3-1 decision to Andrew Wellik of Emmetsburg. James responded with a win by pin against Zach Klingensmith of Woodbury Central in 1:46 but lost the third-place battle to Jesse Svoboda of Audubon in a 4-3 decision.
Toben had a 3-3 record in the tournament at 120 pounds. He beat Eric Bruening of Carroll by technical fall 18-1. He lost to Matt Chamberlain of Don Bosco by decision, 17-10. Toben won by major decision against Ryan Bolster of Okoboji, 19-8. He beat Darren Eades of Storm Lake by a 17-7 major decision. Brad Kerkhoff of Audubon won by decision against Toben, 6-2 and Chamberlain won a second time over Toben.
In other weight divisions for the Westerners:
Dylan Blinde had a 1-2 record at 152 pounds. He lost by pin to Conner Holmes of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in 0:32. He won by pin against Reed Mitchell of Woodbury Central in 5:44 and lost by pin to David Trucksess of Spirit Lake in 1:20.
Michael Siebens, at 113 pounds, was 0-2 tournament record. He lost to Alex Hoffman of Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire by pin in 0:52 and lost to Ty Steenhoven of Sioux Center by pin in 2:39.
Jacob Bergman had an 0-2 record at 160 pounds. He lost to Andrew Brockshus of Sibley-Ocheyedan by pin in 1:40 and lost to K.C. Bockoven of Prairie Valley on an injury default.
Trevor Hansen was 0-2 record at 220 pounds. He lost to Levi Paulsen of Woodbury Central by pin in 2:48 and to Ben Phillips of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn by pin in 1:31.
OABCIG meet team standings:
Woodbury Central, 212.5 points; Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 192.5; Don Bosco, 187; South Central Calhoun, 151; Audubon, 136; Spirit Lake Park, 127; Emmetsburg, 119;
Pocahontas Area, 113; OABCIG, 112; Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, 102; Woodbine, 101.5; Akron-Westfield, 97.5; Lawton-Bronson, 79; Prairie Valley, 74; Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, 71; Okoboji, 68; Sibley-Ocheyedan, 64; Storm Lake, 56.5; West Lyon, 56; Sioux Center, 50; Cherokee, 46; Ridge View, 44; and Kingsley-Pierson, 22.