Saturday, Feb. 3, was Sectional wrestling at Clear Lake for the Norse wrestlers where the top two wrestlers in each weight class would advance to the District round the following Saturday. The Norse were hoping to advance a several wrestlers knowing it would be a tough tournament but hoping for the best out of their wrestlers. In 1st round action six wrestlers tried to advance to the next round, Joe Hovick at 106 start out the Norse with a tech fall with a score of 19-0 over his opponent from Iowa Falls-Alden. Ben Sarver at 113 was pinned in 19 sec., by the wrestler from Clear Lake. Lucas Risdal at 120 was pinned in 1:20 by the wrestler from Garner Hayfield Ventura and was done for the day finishing in 5th place. Max Halstead at 145 went against the Iowa Falls Alden wrestler who he had met earlier this season and was pinned in 1:59 to also finish in 5th place. Rey Torres at 152 also wrestled against IFA and lost 6-2 to finish 5th. Saber Cory at 182 was pinned in 5:51 by his opponent from Forest City.

In the second round wrestlers would be trying to advance to the championship round, Joe Hovick met up with a ranked wrestler from Osage and lost 14-1. Nick Wakefield at 132 had wrestled against the wrestler from IFA earlier this season and had won that match but Saturday could not get the win as he lost 7-2. Koby Hassebrock at 138 came out strong wrestling against IFA to win 11-2 to advance to the championship. Liam Scheuermann was back in the line up after and injury at 170, went against the wrestler from Osage and was pinned in 1:09. Jimmy Philipsen at 195 went against the IFA wrestler and was pinned in 3:07, Michael Schiermeister at 220 went against the wrestler from Forest City and came up with a 5-0 win to advance.

Third round action found Joe Hovick at 106 needing a win and a win by the Osage wrestler to keep his chance of going on, wrestling against the wrestler from Forest City he came up with a 4-3 win, but his hopes of moving on did not happen as the Osage wrestler lost. Joe finished 3rd for the end of his season. Nick Wakefield at 132 went against the Clear Lake wrestler and lost 10-5 to finish in 4th place. Koby Hassebrock at 138 dominated the wrestler from Clear Lake with a 8-1 win to place 1st and advance to Districts. Liam Scheuermann at 170 came out strong against the Clear Lake wrestler but ended up losing by a pin in 5:16 to finish 4th. Jimmy Philipsen at 195 took on the wrestler from Forest City pinning him in 2:47 to take 3rd place. Michael Schiermeister at 220 went against the IFA wrestler and was pinned in 1:42 but held on to place 2nd when the wrestler he had defeated earlier won his match. Finishing up for 5th or 6th place were Ben Sarver at 113 who was pinned in 23 sec., by the wrestler from Garner Hayfield Ventura to finish 6th, and Saber Cory at 182 who was pinned in 1:05 by the wrestler from Garner to finish 6th. The Norse as a team finished in 5th place, as host Clear Lake took 1st followed by IFA in 2nd.

Koby and Michael earned a spot at the District tournament to be held this coming Saturday at Applington Parkersburg, it will be another tough meet for both, but they can still make it to State as anything can happen at these meets. As for the other wrestlers their season came to an end, much improvement was seen by the younger wrestlers and next year should see them with more wins in their column as they continue to improve and grow, with many finding that weight class that fits them best. Best of Luck to Koby and Michael at Districts this weekend on the road to State!

“We were very excited to get Koby and Michael through to Districts. Koby wrestled very well and dominated his way to a Sectionals title. Michael wrestled a very good match to put him in the finals. He lost in the finals but his second place finish qualified him for Districts next Saturday,” said head coach Leland Schwartz.

“It’s always sad to see the others fall short of their goals of moving on, especially the seniors,” he said. “Liam was seeded first, but was still not back to full strength after a recent injury. Joe and Jimmy finished in 3rd place and still have a small chance of wrestling at Districts if one of the top two place winners at their weight is unable to wrestle.”