Lakeland Wrestlers Take Sixth at Cornell Invite
Athletics - posted on 1/5/2008
The Lakeland College wrestling team continued competition at the Cornell Invite in Mount Vernon, Iowa, finishing in sixth place on Saturday, Jan. 5. The Muskies' 67.5 points put them in front of UW-Eau Claire (61.0) and just behind Luther College (72.5). Coe College took the invite team championship with 164.5 points.
"It's nice to beat them (Eau Claire) again," said head coach Pete Rogers. "I would have liked to see us do better, but we didn't have everyone wrestling this weekend so it was tough. I think we wrestled really well under the circumstances."
Senior Paul Hartt, ranked No. 2 in the nation in the 197 division, and sophomore heavyweight Adam Sutter finished in second and third place in their respective weight classes, while junior Jonas Flok took fifth place at 157 pounds.
Hartt, the No. 1 seed in his weight class at the invite, picked up right where he left off in the first day of competition on Friday, winning his first match of the day, 10-1, over No. 4 seeded Rob Kramer from Coe College to move on to the championship match. However, Hartt faced a tough battle with No. 2 Josh Holforty from UW-Eau Claire, dropping the match, 3-1 in overtime, to take second-place and pick up his first loss of the season.
"He lost to the guy he beat in overtime earlier in the season, but he wrestled a great tournament," Rogers said. "It's tough to go without a loss in a season. He has high goals, and I know this loss won't stop him from achieving them."
Sutter, who suffered a tough loss in the quarterfinal match yesterday, fought his way back in the third-place bracket to finish 3-0 on the day, 5-1 for the invite. He kicked off the day by pinning Chicago's Ryan Hatten in 3:07, then he defeated Eau Claire's Nick Hoeft, 6-0. Sutter then went on to take the third-place match with a quick pin of the No. 1 seed John Miller from Luther College just over one minute into the match.
"He got upset pretty big yesterday, then wrestled his way back and beat the guy who is ranked No. 2 in the nation," Rogers said. "He had one slip-up, but he was able to come back and wrestle awesome."
Flok, the No. 5 seed in his division, started off the day with a pair of tough losses to No. 1 seeded Pat McAuley, ranked No. 4 in the nation, from Cornell, 14-4, and No. 3 seeded Bryon Grothus from Coe on a pin in 5:56. Flok fought back to quickly take the fifth-place match, pinning Luther's Dustin Balsley just 33 seconds into the match.
"Jonas had a great weekend," Rogers said. "He's on the right track, is improving steadily, and I think he's peaking at the right time."
Sophomore Jake Frias also competed in the 165-pound division, but was eliminated in the first match of the day after he fell to eventual champion and No. 1 seed Tyler Burkle from Coe on a pin in 1:14.
Lakeland will return to the mat for the Al Hanke Invite in Elmhurst, Ill., on Saturday, Jan. 19.
"It should be a tough tournament," Rogers said of his squad's next meet. "But it's nice because we should have plenty of time to prepare for it. It's tough to come off of a break and wrestle a tough tournament like we just did, so after these next couple weeks we should be ready to go. We're definitely capable of doing well in that tournament."
Meet start time at the Al Hanke Invite is set for 9 a.m.
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