A-W wrestlers’ season concludes at district

Posted February 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm

By Steve Peterson

One victory and a third-place finish were highlights for Akron-Westfield’s two Class 1A District Wrestling Meet Qualifiers, Feb. 15 at Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Skyler Briggs

Freshman Skyler Briggs at 106 pounds beat Jordan Robinson of Woodbury Central of Moville by injury default after Briggs had a 6-2 lead.

Briggs had lost a technical fall battle to Skylar Solko of Alta-Aurelia, who gained the second spot at state with the 16-0 win. Briggs had a 24-17 record in his first prep season.

“I thought that the first round match was winnable. He put a great deal of time and effort into the first round match; sometimes it’s hard to come back for a second round. In the second round he was dictating tempo,” said Akron-Westfield Head Wrestling Coach Dusty Meinen.

Dylan Blinde

At 138 pounds, Blinde had two losses as he was defeated by Ty Gibson of Graettinger-Terril-Ruthven-Ayrshire, by a 12-5 decision; and lost by pin to Garrett Sayler of Sibley-Ocheyedan by a pin in 0:46. Blinde, a junior, had a 31-19 record.

A-W had 10 team points at the Saturday meet, but Meinen said the future looks bright next year for Blinde and beyond for Briggs.

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