A-A wrestlers poised for sectional, Gaes at 42-0

Alta-Aurelia’s wrestling team sought pre-sectional tournament meet momentum at the Lynn Moody Invitational tournament at Pocahontas Area and came home with two champions Jan. 27.

Junior Sam Sherkenbach won his weight class title at 113 pounds for a 29-11 record. Sherkenbach beat Monte Matthews of Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire in a decision, 7-5 for the title.

Junior Nick Gaes continued to dominate the competition as he won the championship at 220 pounds. Gaes has a 42-0 record as he leads the Warriors to the noon Feb. 3 sectional tournament at Emmetsburg. Gaes beat Dalton Lode of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in a fall in 29 seconds for the title.

“Everything we’ve been working on the last week and one-half to two weeks is about preparing for sectional,” said coach Mike Fry.

The top two sectional finishers in each weight class will advance to the district tournament, at noon Feb. 10 at Manson-Northwest Webster. The top two sectional teams go on to regional dual meet action Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at Emmetsburg.

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