Decorah wrestlers take 4th place at the Northeaster Iowa Conference Championships

Posted: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 8:30 PM

There are a lot of good wrestling programs in Northeast Iowa and they were on display Saturday at the Northeast Iowa Conference Championships at Charles City.

Class 3A's second-ranked team--Waverly-Shell Rock--and 14 individual wrestlers ranked in the top ten of their weight class were among those participating in Saturday's meet.

Waverly-Shell Rock took the conference championship with 255 points, followed by Crestwood with 199.5 points, New Hampton/Turkey Valley with 180 points, Decorah with 148 points, Charles City with 134 points, Oelwein with 97 points and Waukon with 37.5 points.

Decorah had one conference champion--Jackson Rolfs at 132 pounds--and one conference runner-up--Andy Murphy at 195.  Five other Viking wrestlers finished third in their weight classes--Austin Wilkins at 106 pounds, Luke Dieschbourg at 113 pounds, Kyzer Engen at 138 pounds, Dawson Palmer at 182 pounds and Daniel Schwartzhoff at 285 pounds.

Decorah head coach Jeff Freidhof called it a satisfying meet for the Vikings: ""To have only ten wrestlers competing and still earn 7 medals, have all ten wrestlers score and place fourth as a team in one of the toughest conferences in the state says a lot."

Decorah will host one of the Class 2A Regional Meets on Saturday, with Crestwood, Decorah, New Hampton/Turkey Valley, Oelwein and Waukon among the squads competing.  Said Freidhof, ""We are really excited to build off this weekend and look forward to hosting sectionals this upcoming Saturday."

NEIC Championships:

--106 pounds: Austin Wilkins (21-15) finished 3rd.  He won by fall at 1:57; lost by fall at 1:32; won by fall at 0:57; and won by fall at 1:15.
--113 pounds: Luke Dieschbourg (8-4) finished 3rd.  He lost by fall at 5:42; won a major decision, 10-0; abd won an 11-5 decision.
--132 pounds: Jackson Rolfs (30-6) finished 1st.  He won by fall at 3:15; and won by fall at 5:59.
--138 pounds: Kyzer Engen (18-13) finished 3rd.  He won by fall at 3:39; lost a 5-2 decision; won by fall at 1:23; and won by fall at 1:23.
--152 pounds: Garrett Lovstuen (6-11) finished 5th.  He lost a 15-4 major decision; won by fall at 3:19; lost by technical fall at 4:16; and won by fall at 3:07.
--170 pounds: Elijah Mitchell (19-16) finished 4th.  He won a 9-2 decision; lost a 14-1 major decision; won a 10-0 major decision and lost by fall at 2:54.
--182 pounds: Dawson Palmer (26-11) finished 3rd.  He won by fall at 3:10; lost by fall at 3:54; received a bye; then won by fall at 0:29.
--195 pounds: Andy Murphy (25-12) finished 2nd.  He won by fall at 1:03; won a 10-6 decision; then lost by fall at 1:51.
--220 pounds: Caden Keck (7-16) finished 6th.  He lost by fall at 0:31; received a bye; lost a 17-7 major decision; and lost by fall at 0:33.
--285 pounds: Daniel Schwartzhoff (22-15) finished 3rd.  He won a 1-0 decision; lost an 11-1 major decision; won by fall at 1:01 and won by fall at 2:41.