Highlights and headlines of Hancock County sports through 2018.

GHV's Jared Shaw (bottom) vs Nolan Harsh of ADM. (file photo)

Tate Hagen flexes to the West Hancock section after winning first place in sectionals at Lake Mills on Feb. 3. Published on Feb. 7.

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“Hagen breaks record in dual week” – Published Jan. 10, 2018

            195-pound senior Hunter Hagen of West Hancock made school history on Jan. 8 when recorded five pins and received two forfeits to become the holder of the all-time wins record. The senior surpassed previous record holder Michael Tlach’s 139 career wins from 2006-2009. Hagen finished that day with 144 total wins and would continue to improve that record to 158 to end his career.


“GHV boys repeat as TIC Champs” – Published Feb. 7, 2018

            The Cardinal boys basketball team secured a co-share of the Top of Iowa West division championship after a 74-34 victory over North Union, making it the second year in the row they’ve claimed the title. The GHV boys shares the 2017-2018 TIC West title with Forest City as both team shared a league record of 14-2. GHV’s chances seemed rocky at first with losses to Forest City and Bishop Garrigan early in the year, but the Cardinals managed to string together an 11-game win streak against conference opponents to end the year. The Cardinals managed to get revenge in key rematches against Forest City and Bishop Garrigan during that stretch.

“Shaw to compete at state Wrestling meet” – Published Feb. 14, 2018

            GHV’s Jared Shaw secured his place in the Class 2A State Tournament by taking second place in the 152-pound tournament at districts in Parkersburg on Feb. 10. He defeated Clayton Taylor of New Hampton-Turkey Valley via 8-2 decision and lost to Dylan Koresh of Charles City in the first place match by a 9-1 major decision.

“Eagles sends a pair of Hagens to state wrestling” – Published Feb. 14, 2018

            Tate and Hunter Hagen move on to the Class 1A State Tournament after solid districts performances in Manson on Feb. 10. Tate won his 160-pound bracket beating Austin Burger of Manson Northwest Webster by pin fall and edging out Elijah Wagner of Lake Mills in the first tiebreaker round winning 4-1. Hunter defeated Blake Miller of GT-RA by fall and then forfeited due to injury to Gabe Irons of Lake Mills, taking second place. Dalton Subject at 145 and Caleb Eckels at 182 placed fourth in their brackets.

“Students sign letter of intent” – Published Feb. 14, 2018

            Garner-Hayfield-Ventura students announced during the month of February they were continuing their athletic career at the next level.

Jack Van Dusseldorp signed to play football at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

            Mathew Heinemann signed to play golf at NIACC in Mason City.

            Dane Whipple signed to play football at Waldorf in Forest City.

“Tough tournament for Jared Shaw” – Published Feb. 21, 2018

            Jared Shaw exited the Class 2A State Wrestling tournament early, finishing with a 0-2 record in the 152 bracket. He finished the year with 38-4 record.

“Hunter Hagen takes fourth at State Tournament” – Published Feb. 21, 2018

            West Hancock’s Hunter Hagen finished his high school career on the podium in the Class 1A 195 bracket in the State Wrestling Tournament, earning fourth place. Hagen battled his way to a 3rd-place match after dropping against Hunter Dejong of Sibley-Ocheyedan 11-7 in the Quarterfinals. He faced a familiar opponent in Gabe Irons of Lake Mills, losing 8-4. Hagen had three pins in the tournament. He finished his year with a 40-4 record. Tate Hagen at 160 would not be so fortunate, dropping out of the tournament after two close losses. He went 35-4 on the year.

More sports highlights in the Jan. 2 Leader!