ALGONA - Estherville Lincoln Central made a respectable showing against some unfamiliar teams at the Class 2A Sectional in Algona on Saturday.
ELC crowned three champions with one runner-up who will advance to this Saturday's district meet in Forest City.
Oscar Ramirez (120), Blake Gjerde (138) and Gable Bonner (285) earned sectional titles, each needing just two matches to reach that goal.
ELC senior Cole Mace had to wrestle back at Saturday’s Class 2A Sectional in Algona to earn the right to advance to this Saturday’s district meet in Forest City. Mace is one of four ELC wrestlers who will compete at the district meet.
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At 195 pounds, Cole Mace lost in that bracket's final and then had to win a wrestleback in the last match of the day to earn runner-up honors.
Webster City walked away with the team title with 219 points while host Algona North Sentral Kossuth finished second with 177 points. Humboldt finished third with 164 points followed by ELC with 156.5 points, Clear Lake with 155 and Forest City with 143.
Ramirez entered the day with a 30-4 record. The sophomore didn't take too long to win his first match, a pin in 2:34 over Forest city's David Orozco. In the finals he met Clear Lake's Matt Beiber, who started the day with a 27-4 record.
Ramirez scored the lone point on an escape in the second period and then held his own in the final period to win the match.
Gjerde wrestled well in both his matches. He scored four takedowns in beating Clear Lake's Jacob Baker 8-1. The sophomore then controlled his match against Webster city's Aaron Hoffman. Holding a 2-0 lead heading into the final period, Gjerde scored an escape, a takedown and a stalling penalty in the 6-0 win.
Bonner, rated sixth in Class 2A, had a mild score in his second match. His opening win was a pin in 46 seconds over Forest City's Zach Laidig. In the finals, he held a 2-0 lead in the third period when he gave up two near-fall points. But a quick reversal had Webster City's Landon Johnson on his back with a pin time of 4:51.
Mace started his day with a dominating 10-0 major decision victory over Algona's Jeff Buchanan. In the finals, he was pinned by Humboldt's Reed Dreyer in 1:26. Mace then had to wrestle back against Webster City's Gus Gasca. Mace scored the early takedown, but Gasca came back with a takedown and two near-fall points in the second. Mace escaped and scored a takedown before the end of the period to lead 5-4. Mace dominated the final period, earning a penalty point, an escape and a takedown for the 9-4 victory.
ELC had two third-place finishes.
At 113 pounds, Cole Budach opened the day with a17-2 technical fall against Clear Lake's Brennan Doebel in 4:44. He lost the next match 6-4 to Humboldt's Kylie Zender and then earned a wrestleback with a 4-2 win over Webster city's BJ Bremer. However, He couldn't overcome Forest City's Tristan Boehm as he lost 6-0.
Chase Bonner placed third a 220 pounds. He lost 7-0 to Forest City's Tyler Putney and then came back with a 9-3 win over Webster City's Chris Goodrich. Unfortunately there was no wrestleback at that weight as the ELC freshman finishes his season with a 21-15 record.
ELC had two fourth-place finishes. Anthony Segura opened the day by pinning Forest City's Travis Rollefson in 5:04, but then lost to eventual champion Tanner Hild by fall in 4:59. He then lost the third-place match to Clear Lake's Carson Farmer by fall in 53 seconds.
At 170 pounds, senior Lee Bates wrestled in one of the tougher weight brackets as all six wrestlers had at least 20 wins Bates was holding a 5-4 lead over Forest City's Ben Collins when Collins was disqualified. Bates then lost by fall to Webster City's Luke Shannon in5 6 seconds and then lost by fall to Clear Lake's Brice Wilcke in 5:50.
Joel McCoy placed fifth at 106 pounds as he went 0-1 on the day. At 152 pounds, Aaron Howing also placed fifth.
Placing sixth were Austin Egeland (1260), Evan Howing (145) and Alex Blomquist (160).
Wrestling action starts at noon on Saturday at Forest City. Watch the Daily News this week for a preview of ELC matchups.