HISTORIC DAY FOR CYCLONE WRESTLERS
SHENANDOAH (Jan. 26) -- For the Harlan Community wrestling team, Saturday’s Hawkeye Ten Tournament at Shenandoah must truly be regarded as one of the most successful conference meets of the last three decades.
HCHS junior Ethan Lemon repeated as a Hawkeye Ten champion, seniors Oscar Olmos and Derec Weyer also earned individual titles and the Cyclones placed second overall using an impressive final-round rally past Lewis Central.
Atlantic/CAM claimed four champions and won the team title with 224 points, followed by HCHS with 195.5, Lewis Central 193, Glenwood 174 and Creston/O-M 170.5.
The Cyclones trailed LC by 18.5 points entering the final round of matches for first, third and fifth place before outscoring the Titans 36-15. Harlan went 9-2 with six pins during the round (one of the losses was by injury default) while LC went 4-7 with two pins after starting 3-0.
“It was just another example of how close we are. We’ve just made so much history this year as a team,” said Olmos. “We’re like a family.”
Indeed, Saturday marked an historic conference meet for the Cyclones in more ways than one.
• HCHS placed second as a team for the first time since 2001.
• Lemon became the 14th two-time conference champ in school history, but the first to do it since 103-pounder Jerry Stinn in 1994 and 1995. Next year he will strive to join Dave Muell (1973-1975) as the only three-time champs for the Cyclones.
• HCHS boasted three individual conference champions for the first time since 1988, when Steve Bails, Chris Cox, Kurt Jensen and Tony Burger all stood at the top of the medal podium.
The Cyclones’ remaining eight medalists included third-place finishes by freshman Luke Musich at 120, junior Wyatt Obrecht at 132, junior Carter Bendorf at 170 and senior Joey Arkfeld at 220. All four finished 3-1 on the day and combined for eight wins by fall.
Sophomore 138-pounder Dalton McKinley placed fourth while freshman Luke Freund (106) and sophomore Reece Schwery (152) both placed fifth. Junior Nathan Henry (195) was poised to place in the top four but was held out of his final two matches for precautionary reasons and finished sixth.
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