Knight grapplers deal league loss to Jayhawks

LAKE CRYSTAL – The Class A, No. 4-ranked Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights wrestling team cruised by the Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther Jayhawks 67-3 during Valley Conference action on Tuesday in Lake Crystal.

The lone Jayhawk victory came when Class A, No. 8-ranked 195-pounder Jake Denn snuck past No. 9-ranked 220-pounder Nick Meixell in a 7-5 decision at 220.

The Knights’ No. 10-ranked 113-pounder Brandon Laborde pinned Cole Pietsch in 1:31 during 113-pound action to help the home team take a 12-0 lead to start the match.

No. 1-ranked 132-pounder Louie Sanders then pinned James Hodge in 17 seconds in the 126-pound match to give the Knights their fourth pin of the meet.

Levi Marsh, the Class A, No. 4-ranked 126-pounder, shut out Jerimiah Colon, 5-0, in the 132-pound match for the Knights.

Justin Gifferson and Jeremey Blakesley were both within striking distance for the Jayhawks, but the Knights were able to fend off the duo for a pair of decisions.

Gifferson lost a 10-7 decision to Devan Hagge at 138 pounds, while Blakesley lost 6-2 to Shane Nelson at 285 pounds.

Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther hosts United South Central and St. Peter in triangular wrestling action Thursday in Truman. LCWM travels to take on Rochester Century in nonconference wrestling action on Saturday in Rochester.

LCWM 67, MTML 3

106: Wallace Michels (LCWM) pinned Mike McLaughlin, 0:48. 113: Brandon Laborde (LCWM) pinned Cole Pietsch, 1:31. 120: Caleb Davis (LCWM) pinned Grant Koehler, 0:35. 126: Louie Sanders (LCWM) pinned James Hodge, 0:17. 132: Levi Marsh (LCWM) dec. Jerimiah Colon, 5-0. 138: Devan Haage (LCWM) dec. Justin Gifferson, 10-7. 145: Damon Schmalzereidt (LCWM) pinned Zack Pettersen, 1:08. 152: Matt Sheetz (LCWM) pinned Jordan Osborne, 2:48. 160: Dalton Elliot (LCWM) pinned Weston Ricard, 1:03. 170: Sidney Scott (LCWM) major dec. Steve Tierney, 14-1. 182: Ari Harnitz (LCWM) won by forfeit. 195: Andrew Radke (LCWM) won by forfeit. 220: Jake Denn (MTML) dec. Nick Meixell, 7-5. 285: Shane Nelson (LCWM) dec. Jeremey Blakesley, 6-2.