Griffin, Hoyman,and Shirk go 3-0
The E-Hawk wrestling squad found more of the same success as last year in their first matchups of the season when they traveled to Storm Lake.
On the night, the E-Hawks were able secure victories against all of the competing teams, going 65-12 against Pocahontas Area, 61-17 against West Bend-Mallard, and Sioux Central was downed 72-12.
Some of the familiar faces for the E-Hawks had impressive showings. 126-pounder Kelly Griffin won by way of three pins (Sioux Central- 4:13; Pocahontas Area-3:47; and West Bend-Mallard- 1:25).
Jon Lace II (195lbs) won all three of his matches as well winning by fall against Sioux Central and Pocahontas and had a forfeiture awarded to him. Bret Hoyman (160lbs) got two pins at 2:31 against Sioux Central and 3:24 to West Bend-Mallard, but earned a decision win with a score of 4-2 versus Pocahontas.
Sean Brennan (132lbs) continued the success on the night earning a forfeited victory against Pocahontas and two falls against Sioux Central (0:53) and West Bend-Mallard (3:24). Nic Lowe (106lb) was 2-1 on the night falling to Pocahontas, but earning a major decision victory against West Bend-Mallard and an injury time victory in his bout against Sioux Central.
Some of the new faces in the night also brought a pleasant outcome for the E-Hawks. Going 3-0 on the night by falls and major decision was 138-pounder freshman newcomer Cade Shirk. He was able to tie together falls against Sioux Central and West Bend-Mallard at 0:37 and 1:01, respectively, and an 11-1 major decision against Pocahontas.
Coach Tyler Bjustrom was pleased with what was shown by his group all night long. He said that the wrestlers showed improvement and what needs to be worked on.
“Every time our kids step on the mat, we’re getting a little bit better”, Bjustrom said.
Having found success in each of the duals last season and having lost to only two teams (Spirit Lake Park and Storm Lake) in the 2017-18 season, the E-Hawks are continuing their drive of dominance in the area. Coach Bjustrom is continuing to keep the pedal to the floor on his cruise to the next matchups for the season.
“This is a long season and tonight showed us a lot about our kids”, Bjustrom said. “We had som struggles, but we’re [going to] learn and continue to take steps in the right direction. We’re happy, but never satisfied”.
The E-Hawks will be traveling to Humboldt tomorrow for the Joe Fitch Invitational. Action is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm.
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Stats provided by trackwrestling.com.