Le Mars wrestling hosted a total of 15 teams at their annual wrestling invitational on Saturday. The Bulldogs came into the tournament on a trend of getting off to slow starts and being put behind the eight-ball early. Head Coach Shane Hessenius says that his team got out of the gate much better on Saturday.
That good start allowed the Bulldogs to come away with a pair of individual titles for their work. Bulldog sophomore Camden Feuerhelm came away with the championship at 182 pounds defeating Logan-Magnolia’s Dylan Oviatt by pin in the third period. Feuerhelm says that it was tough to keep the energy up throughout the day, but it was well worth it in the end.
Feuerhelm says this win was made more special doing it at home.
Coach Hessenius says that this time of year seems to be good to Feuerhelm.
The other title for Le Mars came at 220 pounds where third-ranked Ayden Hoag won a title in a stacked bracket. The 220-pound field featured three ranked wrestlers overall making it one of the best fields at the tournament. Hoag says that he understood the later rounds would be tough. That meant using the first few opponents to prepare him for what was to come.
Hoag defeated fourth-ranked Logan Huckfeldt of Spencer by a tight 3-2 decision. Hoag’s winning point came in a third period escape. Hoag says that escape was important due to the anticipated game strategy.
Hessenius has high praise for the way Hoag wrestles every time he takes the mat.
The Bulldogs now turn their focus towards the home stretch before their district meet in Fort Dodge on February 12th. Coach Hessenius knows that the Bulldogs can’t have a bad day and that they need to wrestle their best the rest of the way.
Logan-Magnolia was the team champion of the tournament scoring 214 team points. The Panthers placed nine wrestlers in the top four in their weight class.
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