The Garner-Hayfield/Ventura wrestling team had a tough outing at Nashua-Plainfield, but bounced back to claim second place at the Graettinger-Terril Tournament.
The Cardinals dropped three matches at Nashua Plainfield on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
“Coming off a long break you never know how you will wrestle that first time out,” said Coach Steve Smith. “I felt we started a little sluggish with Forest City and then got better as the night went on.”
Forest City topped the Cardinals 63-18 in the first match of the night. A.J. Arnold finally got the Cardinals on the board in the 132-pound match with a pin against Derrick Wubben in 1:28. The only other pin for the Cards came from Connor Shaw at 152-pounds. He pinned Landon Josten in 4:00. Dalton Basinger received a forfeit for the remaining GHV points. Forest City collected eight pins in the win over the Cardinals.
The second match of the night saw GHV falling to St. Ansgar, 54-24. Arnold again got the Cardinals rolling at 132 pounds with a pin over Ethan Mayer in :49. Tucker Datema, at 160-pounds, pinned Jacob Hemann in 4:23. Nic Tusha also picked up a pin at 220-pounds in 2:10 against Jacob Pierce.
Despite a great effort by the Cardinals in the final bout of the night, Nashua-Plainfield came away with a 48-33 win. The match started strong at 220-pounds where Nic Tusha pinned Bryce Bilharz in 1:28. The Cardinals received a forfeit at 106-pounds. The next GHV win came from Arnold. He pinned Shane Usher in 5:35. Colby Reid also picked up a pin at 145-pounds against Ashton Bloomquist in 1:03. Shaw collected a pin against Dylan Jones in :54. The final points were scored by Datema who won a 9-3 decision against Austin Pitz.
“We made little mistakes that cost us and ended up with us getting pinned, which we need to fix,” said Smith.
The Cardinals crowned four champions and placed second at the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Aryshire Tournament held on Saturday, Jan. 11. Okoboji won the tournament with 153 points, followed by GHV with 145, GT/RA was third with 140 points and - Read More Via e-Edition