Decorah wrestlers finish third at Flanagan Invitational in Cresco

Posted: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 11:05 AM

The Decorah Viking wrestling team completed a three-day stretch of tournaments on Saturday by finishing third out of seven teams at the Flanagan Invitational at Crestwood High School.

Cedar Falls took the championship, with 226.5 points, followed by Cresco Crestwood in second with 213.0 points and Decorah in third with 183.0 points.  Central Springs, North Fayette Valley, Fillmore Center-Lanesboro-Mabel Canton and Belle Plaine finished behind Decorah.

Said head coach Jeff Freidhof, "The wrestlers did well competing three days in a row and finishing on a positive."  Sophomore Kyzer Engen defeated a tough 1A ranked wrestler from Central Springs on his way to the finals.  Mason Olsgard, Brendan Lovstuen, Dawson Palmer, Andy Lillegraven and Jackson Rolfs also earned praise from Freidhoff.

But the center of attention on the Decorah Viking wrestling team was senior Philip Ihde, who was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament on a weekend when he recorded his 100th career win.  Freidhof called Ihde's finals match, which saw Philip build a 9-1 lead over a returning 1A state place winner before getting a fall to end the match, a "dominant performance."