Tigers claim seven medals at Lakeview
East Butler sent nine wrestlers to the Lakeview Invitational on Nov. 30 and found success with seven of the nine placing sixth or better.
The Tigers finished sixth as a team, despite not filling every weight class.
The highest placers for East Butler were Brayden Brecka (2nd), Breckin Ratkovec (4th) and Colten Ratkovec (4th).
“Brayden Brecka was runner-up today and wrestled well this first weekend,” said head coach Doug Glasshoff in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “Colten and Breckin Ratkovec both wrestled well and were able to place fourth in a rather tough opening weekend tournament. I felt like we competed well and just need to continue to push each other in practice and get ready for the Osceola invite next weekend.”
Brecka went 2-1 during the tournament in the 106-pound weight class. He pinned two David City wrestlers on his way to the championship match.
113-pounder Michael Polivka placed fifth going 3-2 during the tournament.
Colby Jelinek, the 120-pounder, placed sixth. He was able to get pins in his first two matches during the tournament to secure a spot in the top-six.
Josh Spatz competed in the 126-pound division, recording three pins in five matches, including one in the fifth-place match against Carter Fjell of Shelby-Rising City early in the third period.
Kyle and Cody Heise were the 132-pound and 138-pound wrestlers, respectively, for the Tigers and both went 2-2.
145-pounder Breckin Ratkovec placed fourth in the tournament. After receiving a bye in the first round, he pinned Twin River’s Mason Tenski in 3:11 before losing his semifinal match.
He rebounded with a pin over Scotus’ Jackson Neville early in the third quarter before being defeated in the third-place match.
Colten Ratkovec placed fourth in the 182-pound bracket. He received a bye in the first round, before defeating Spencer Allen of David City in the quarterfinals.
He lost in the semis, but rebounded with a pin over Evan Hand of Scotus, but had to forfeit his third-place match to Allen of David City.
195-pounder Steven Thomas placed sixth pinning Cross County/ Osceola’s Conner Shoup 4:22 into the match in the third round of the consolation bracket.
Nov. 29, Triangular: East Butler 36, North Bend Central 30.0/ Raymond Central 57.0, East Butler 24.0
East Butler wrestled Class C team North Bend Central and Class B team Raymond the night before before the Lakeview invite.
“We have a young team and that showed tonight,” Glasshoff said. “What I did like was the fight that I saw in our team, even in the matches that we lost. We can work on technique and conditioning, but you can’t coach effort and this team has that. I look forward to what this team can achieve as we gain experience throughout the year.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net