The Algona Bulldogs’ wrestling team has been busy since the season started. They have competed five times in the last two weeks.
The Bulldogs went up against St. Edmonds and Webster City in their first home meet, on December 2nd. The Bulldogs beat St. Edmonds 78 to 0. The Bulldogs lost to Webster City 46 to 26. Jacob Zabka had a good match against a two-time State champion.
The Bulldogs then traveled to Independence and competed in a two day tournament on December 3rd and 4th. Here the Bulldogs had seven guys in the gold bracket including Isaac Wilson, Elijah Wilhite, Jacob Zabka, Tate Slagle, Hayden Thompson, Luke Carter, and Brandon Harris. Chase Roof and Cohen Reffer made the silver bracket. Hunter Penton, Colby Jennings, Sam Reitz, Hunter Kollasch, and Cody Nielson were in the bronze bracket. Isaac Wilson placed 6th, Elijah Wilhite placed 8th, Jacob Zabka placed 7th, Tate Slagle placed 3rd, Hayden Thompson placed 7th, Hunter Penton placed 18th, Luke Carter placed 8th, Brandon Harris placed 5th, Colby Jennings placed 21st, Sam Reitz placed 19th, Hunter Kollasch placed 17th, Chase Roof placed 14th, Cohen Reffer placed 11th, and Cody Nielson placed 21st. The Bulldogs placed 11th as a team at Independence. Senior Sam Reitz said, “Wrestling is the best sport created, ever.”
The Bulldogs then traveled to Iowa Falls to compete in a triangular on December 9th. The Bulldogs faced Iowa Falls first and beat them 70 to 6. The Bulldogs then faced Clear Lake and beat them 52 to 15. Tate Slagle won a 13-8 decision over the 10th ranked Currier from Clear Lake.
The Bulldogs then traveled to Ogden to compete in a dual tournament on December 11th. The Bulldogs went up against Gilbert, Carroll, Greene County, Woodward Granger, and Carroll Kuemper. The Bulldogs beat Gilbert 51 to 27, beat Carroll 45 to 33, beat Greene County 56 to 21, and bested Woodward Granger 72 to 12. Finally, in the championship, the Bulldogs beat Carroll Kuemper 45 to 22.
The Bulldogs competed again on Thursday, December 15th, in Humboldt. This weekend they travel to Spencer for a tournament.