Lake Mills Bulldogs headed to state

Published 8:26 pm Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lake Mills wrestling team wins fifth consecutive regional dual


The Lake Mills wrestling team punched its ticket for the Iowa state dual tournament, which will be Feb. 19 in Des Moines.

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The Bulldogs hosted three other teams at the regional duals Tuesday night.

In the semifinals, Lake Mills faced Wapsie Valley and, despite losing the first two bouts, the team rolled to a 67-10 win over the Warriors.

“We were really aggressive in the first dual and picked up a lot of pins,” said coach Alex Brandenburg. “It was nice to get the ball rolling in the first dual, and it ended up carrying right into the finals dual.”

In the other semifinal dual, West Hancock defeated South Winneshiek, 43-23.

The final dual matchup was set, as No. 5-ranked Lake Mills would square off with No. 10-ranked West Hancock.

The Bulldogs got off to a huge start by winning the first 10 bouts and building an insurmountable 49-0 lead. The Eagles would win three of the final four matches, and the score ended up 55-18.

“Our kids wrestled very well tonight, even in the matches they lost,” Brandenburg said. “I am very proud of the effort tonight and am happy for these kids that all their hard work has paid off.”

With the regional win, Lake Mills breaks a school record by qualifying for the state duals for the fifth straight season.

“Our main goal for the season was to qualify for the state duals,” Brandenburg said. “Our program has lost a lot of good wrestlers the past couple seasons, but this group has really improved throughout the season and should be proud of what they have accomplished.”

Lake Mills junior Dalton Thorson attempts a reversal on his Wapsie Valley opponent Tuesday night. Thorson won his match 11-3 as the Bulldogs went on to claim a fifth consecutive state dual birth. – Lory Groe/For the Albert Lea Tribune


Dual results

Lake Mills 67, Wapsie Valley 10

106 — Dawson Schmit (WV) fall Lucas Humphrey, 1:56

113 — Isaiah Price (WV) maj. dec. Kinser Hanson, 9-1

120 — Trae Butler (LM) fall Cole Snyder, :50

126 — Jimmy Gallardo (LM) fall Austin Hesse, :18

132 — Alex Beaty (LM) fall Cannon Joerger, 1:33

138 — Dalton Thorson (LM) maj. dec. Reese Welcher, 11-3

145 — Brett Peterson (LM) fall Brady Benning, 3:31

152 — Casey Hanson (LM) fall Tylen Hirsch, 1:44

160 — Ashten Love (LM) dec. Brock Beesecker, 10-4

170 — Elijah Wagner (LM) fall Hunter Ackerman, 1:02

182 — Drake Harnish (LM) fall Isiah Morse, 1:58

195 — Brayden Lindeman (LM) fall Keegon Brown, :56

220 — Riley Kirschbaum (LM) fall Kaden Brady, :53

285 — Chris Jamtgaard (LM) forfeit


Lake Mills 55, West Hancock 18

106 — Lucas Humphrey (LM) forfeit

113 — Kinser Hanson (LM) maj. dec. Derek Oberhelman, 9-0

120 — Jack Ramaker (LM) fall Isaac Madson, 1:16

126 — Jimmy Gallardo (LM) fall Westin Schmid, :55

132 — Alex Beaty (LM) fall Matt Larson, 5:35

138 — Dalton Thorson (LM) dec. Kane Zuehl, 6-0

145 — Brett Peterson (LM) fall Irvin Gomez, 1:50

152 — Casey Hanson (LM) dec. Bryer Subject, 2-1

160 — Ashten Love (LM) fall Justin Ausborn, 1:15

170 — Elijah Wagner (LM) fall Lian Martinez, 1:06

182 — Drake Harnish (LM) dec. Mathew Francis, 10-7

195 — Tate Hagen (WH) fall Brayden Lindeman, 3:31

220 — Tanner Hagen (WH) fall Riley Kirschbaum, 4:59

285 — Chandler Redenius (WH) fall Chris Jamtgaard, :23