Clear Lake crowned three champions and had two second place finishes Saturday at the North Central Conference wrestling tournament. The team placed third, behind champion Webster City and runner-up Clarion-Goldfield.
“I guess we are a little bit better as a dual meet team than a tournament team,” said Lions Coach Gary Weber. “It is tough for some of our young guys to score points in a tournament, but they stay off their backs and help us win meets.”
Winning titles for the Lions was Brennen Doebel at 106-pounds, Ryan Faught at 132 and Andres Gonzalez at 138.
Finishing in second place was Ryan Schmalen, competing in his first matches of the season at 120-pounds since undergoing surgery following an injury sustained just before the season-opener. Ryan Leisure was runner-up at 126-pounds.
Doebel provided Lions fans with the most exciting match of the day. The sophomore trailed 6-2 late in the match and tied it up 6-6. He went on to pin Justin Portillo, of Clarion-Goldfield, who is ranked second in the state.
Faught, a junior, received a first round bye, then won by fall over - Read More Via e-Edition