All season long the goals for Carroll have continued to rise, and each time they have seemed to be met.
This last weekend wasn’t any different as the Tiger wrestling team entered the Herb Irgens tournament, one of the larger, and longer, tournaments held each year in western Iowa.
Carroll was able to take third as a team, and walk away with three champions. Overall the Tigers had seven of their 13 wrestlers place at the tournament.
“We came into this tournament with a challenge to finish in the top-3,” said Eric Nagl, the head wrestling coach for the Carroll wrestling team. “These guys answered the challenge. These guys are very competitive with each other and really feed off one another.”
Carroll had three champions. Dreylen Schweitzer in 106-pounds; Cael Nelson in 126-pounds and Cooper Ludwig in 145-pounds.
Don Bosco won the tournament with 271 points. Sergeant Bluff-Luton finished second. Carroll was third with 171 points. In total there were 25 teams at the tournament.
Dreylen Schweitzer was able to win the 106-pound bracket with a tough two days of wrestling. After starting off his tournament with a win by pin, Schweitzer moved into the quarterfinals where he won a 10-4 decision. In the semifinals Schweitzer was able to win 3-1 in overtime over a Sergeant Bluff-Luton wrestler.
In the championship match Schweitzer was able to win 3-1 over a Jesup wrestler to win.
Cael Nelson was able to win the 126-pound bracket with four-straight wins.
Half of his wins came off pins. He started with a pin in the second period. After pinning his quarterfinal opponent in the first period, Nelson was able to advance into the finals with a 3-2 win.
The championship match had Nelson defeating an Akron-Westfield wrestler with a 5-0 victory to take the championship.
Like Nelson, Cooper Ludwig won half of his bracket with pints.
Ludwig was able to win the 145-pound bracket with four wins. His first match didn’t make it to the third period as he was able to win with a second period pin.
In the quarterfinals Ludwig was able to pin his opponent late in the first period to move to the semifinals.
In the semifinals Ludwig had another dominating match as he was able to win 9-4 to move into the championship.
Against a Sergeant Bluff-Luton opponent in the championship match, Ludwig was able to battle his way to a 6-2 victory.
Jireh Gallegos was able to finish second in the 160-pound bracket.
Gallegos won his first three matches without ever seeing the second period. In his first match he needed just 48 seconds to gain the win. In the second match he pinned his opponent in 31 seconds. He followed that up with a 1:38 pin in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals Gallegos battled an Okoboji wrestler to an 11-10 victory.
Gallegos was able to battle against a Don Bosco opponent in the championship match, but Gallegos was pinned in 4:24.
Colton Wieland was second overall in the 285-pound bracket. Wieland was able to start his tournament with a win by pin in the second period. In his second match Wieland was able to pin his opponent in just 1:55.
Wieland improved with a quarterfinal win that took just 25 seconds. The semifinals featured Wieland winning off a 7-4 decision.
In the championship battle, Wieland was pinned in 1:30 by a Don Bosco opponent.
Chase Ragaller placed third overall in the 170-pound bracket. Ragaller started off with back-to-back first period pins. He was able pin his first opponent in 57 seconds. He needed just 21 seconds to win his second match.
After being pinned in the quarterfinals, Ragaller was able to win his final four matches. He had back-to-back first period pins in the consolation bracket. In the consolation semifinals Ragaller won 8-5. In the third place match Ragaller had no trouble with a G-T/R-A wrestler, winning 12-1.
Owen Klocke was able to place fifth overall in the 152-pound bracket. Klocke was able to win his first two matches with first period pins. His run in the championship bracket came to a close in the quarterfinals when he came up short in a 3-1 decision.
From there Klocke was able to earn another first period pin. He then won a 2-1 decision. After falling 2-1 in the consolation semifinals, Klocke was able to rebound with a second period pin in the fifth place match, pinning an OA-BCIG opponent in 3:59.
“We took 13 guys down with us to the tournament and to come out with seven place winners in this tough tournament shows how hard the guys are working,” Nagl said.
Also wrestling at the tournament were Ryler Ziegman who finished the day 2-2 in the 120-pound competition. Carson Tedrow wrestled in teh 113-pound bracket. Michael Rowedder was able to start his day off with a pin in just 43 seconds in the 132-pound bracket. However, he went 0-2 the rest of the tournament.
Levi Dirkx wrestled in the 138-pound bracket and started off his day with a 3-1 win. He would go 0-2 the rest of the tournament.
Kieran Polking wrestled in the 182-pound bracket. Taidyn Peterson wrestled in the 195-pound bracket.