Tanner Akers took first place at the Sparta Invitational over the weekend, competing with 20 wrestlers in his weight class. (Photo by Kristen McCartney)
The Westfield Wrestling team traveled to Sparta on Saturday to compete in the 20-team invitational. At 138 pounds, Junior Titus Dickinson finished the day in 5th place. Titus got beat 5-3 in the quarterfinals by the number one seed Matt Massman of Blair Taylor. Titus went on a roll winning three more matches on the day to finish in 5th place. " I thought it was a great day for Titus. He came into the tournament unseeded and finished the day in 5th knocking off some good kids," said Coach Sam Rugg.
Tanner Akers came into the day as the number 3 seed and knocked off the number 2 seed in the semifinals and the number one seed in the chamnpionship match. Tanner defeated the number 2 seed from Eau Claire North 9-8 and defeated Wylie Frahm of Edgar 10-6 in overtime. Coach Rugg said, "Tanner won an impressive bracket on Saturday. The third place finisher from Iowa Grant was ranked 6th in division 3 and Wylie Frahm from Edgar is currently honorable mention in the state."
The wrestlers travelled to Wild Rose on Thursday to wrestle Wautoma/Wild Rose and look to finish the conference dual season undefeated at 5-0.