by Steve Peterson
Ricardo Rodriguez ended the West Sioux 48th Annual Wrestling Invitational on a bright note as he claimed third place at 220 pounds.
Rodriguez, a senior, had opened the tournament with a 4-2 win against Eddie Miller of Brookings, S.D. He then lost a 4-0 decision to Travis Vander Streek of Central Lyon-George-Little Rock, the eventual weight class champion. Next, Rodriguez beat Alex Ohlrich of Westwood by a pin in 5:03 then faced Miller for a second time. This time Rodriguez used a third-period escape point to win 1-0 to gain his 20th win of the season for a 20-18 record.
“Rodriguez came back to beat Miller the second time. But to get out of the sectional, he will have to work on his set-ups and positioning,” said West Sioux Coach Grant Van Beek.
The home team only had six wrestlers Jan. 11 and finished 10th with 55 points.
Alex Hernandez had a concussion injury and Misael Topete and Antonio Pleitez had injuries at the tournament, a chest and a knee injury, respectively. Also, three wrestlers can’t compete until after Feb. 4 due to academic issues. Sectional is Feb. 8.
“We’ll work one-on-ones with the wrestlers and what needs to be worked on the rest of the way,” said Van Beek.
At the tournament, Falcon’s senior Jose Montes was up to 120 pounds this week and after a first round bye, beat Kyler Smutzler, wrestling unattached, by a pin in 1:21. But Montes lost to Jason Kuebler, wrestling unattached, by a major decision, 9-0. Montes beat Skylar Richter of Hinton in a pin in 3:14 but lost to Kayde Bartels of Brookings in a 10-4 decision.
Misael Topete finished sixth at 126 pounds for the Falcons. He beat Omari Boss of Sioux Falls Lincoln, in a pin in 5:10; beat Ray Munsterman, wrestling unattached, by a 7-4 decision; lost to Treton Virtue of Central Lyon-George-Little Rock, by a 13-5 major decision; and lost to Munsterman for the fifth place match in a close 5-4 decision.
Senior Cody Chester won seventh place by a bye in the seventh place match. He lost to Lucas Brouilette of Westwood, by a pin in 1:37; lost to Kane Spencer, wrestling unattached, in a pin in 2:58.
Antonio Pleitez was hurt before his seventh place match at 145 pounds and placed eighth. He beat Trevor Van’t Hul of Western Christian in a pin in 1:01, lost to Nick Hanson of Brookings in a 16-1 technical fall in contested matches. He had a bye in a consolation round.
Luis Ortiz, a sophomore, lost his first round match to Adam Palmer of Brookings, in a pin in 3:25 and lost to Michael Nafe of Kingsley-Pierson in a pin in 1:32 at 170 pounds.
At 285 pounds, Ricardo Topete had a bye in the first round. He lost to Trent Rus of Alcester-Hudson in a pin in 4:24 and lost to Bradley Young of Hinton, in a fall in 0:36 for seventh place.
Final team standings were as follows: Brookings won with 253 points; Westwood, 215; Central Lyon-George-Little Rock, 180; Parker, S.D., 150; Sioux Falls Lincoln, S.D., 106; Western Christian, 105; Kingsley-Pierson, 91; Hinton, 85; Alcester-Hudson, S.D., 64; and West Sioux, 55.
West Lyon Results
At West Lyon in Inwood Jan. 7, the Falcons lost two dual matches: West Lyon, 54-18 and to Central Lyon-George-Little Rock, 55-8.
Against West Lyon: at 113 pounds, Jose Montes won by forfeit for the Falcons; at 120 pounds, Misael Topete, WS, pinned Lee Dubbelde in 2:31; at 126 pounds, Austin De Smet, WL, pinned Bryce Sorensen, in 2:53; at 132 pounds, James Dubbelde, WL, pinned Cody Chester, 1:20; at 145 pounds, Jayd Payne, WL, decisioned Antonio Pleitez, 12-5; at 152 pounds, Taeric Ezzell, WL, won by forfeit; at 160 pounds, Dylan Huyser, WL, won by forfeit; at 170 pounds, Derek Dubbelde, WL, pinned Ortiz, 0:22; at 182, Jed Van’t Hof, WL, won by forfeit; at 195 pounds, Cody Doherty, WL, won by forfeit; at 220 pounds, Dustin Brown, WL, won by decision over Ricardo Rodriguez, 3-0; at 285 pounds, Ricardo Topete, WS, pinned Kullyn Meffert, in 1:50. No match was contested at 138 pounds.
Central Lyon-George-Little Rock (CLGLR) 55, West Sioux 8:
At 106 and 113 pounds, no match; at 120 pounds, Mitch Van Beek won by major decision over Montes, 16-7; at 126 pounds, Misael Topete beat Treyton Virtue, 11-7; at 132 pounds, Colby McIntire (CLGLR) pinned Chester, 0:55; at 138 pounds, Kane Spencer (CLGLR) won by forfeit; at 145 pounds, Antonio Pleitez, WS, beat Tanner Robertson, 6-2; at 152 pounds, Brent Klingenberg (CLGLR) won by forfeit; at 160 pounds, Ben Friedrichsen (CLGLR) won by forfeit; at 170 pounds, Zach Fugitt (CLGLR) pinned Ortiz in 0:55; at 182 pounds, Alex Waagmeester (CLGLR) won by forfeit; at 195 pounds, Jordan Groen (CLGLR) won by forfeit); at 220 pounds, Travis Vander Streek (CLGLR) beat Ricardo Rodriguez, 1-0; at 285 pounds, Noah Geerdes (CLGLR) beat Ricardo Topete by pin in 0:41.
West Sioux will be at the Rock Valley tournament starting at 10 a.m., Jan. 18. The Falcons and Akron-Westfield are at Alcester-Hudson, S.D., at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 21 and at Sheldon-South O’Brien (combined for wrestling) at 6:15 p.m., Jan. 23.