GHV’s Nielsen moves forward in sectionals

GHV's Tyler Nielsen(left) placed 2nd at 285 lbs. and will move on to District Tournament next Saturday in Clear Lake.
Photo by Mike Quinn

            It was the finest meet Garner-Hayfield-Ventura wrestling had all season, but it just wasn’t enough.

            The Cardinals wrestled in Osage for the 2A sectionals.

            Heavyweight Tyler Nielsen was the only wrestler to move on to districts, placing second.

            He started his day pinning Chase Crooks of Charles City in the semifinals just before the first period could close out.

            Hampton-Dumont’s Emilio Valenzuela would defeat Nielsen in the finals in a 6-1 decision.

            Nielsen did not need to fight for his second place position.

            “He wrestled really smart,” coach Cory Jenniges said. “He did what he needed to do and really got after stuff.”

Read the complete story in the Feb. 6 Leader.