ECC Wrestlers take North Central District Championship
The Ellsworth Community College wrestling team earned the title of North Central District Champions following Sunday’s regional tournament in Wilmar, Minnesota. ECC wrestlers tallied 110 points to win the title over Iowa Western (105.5), Rochester (99.5), Iowa Lakes (86), Iowa Central (84.5), MIACC (84), Ridgewater (83), MN West (32), and Itasca Community College (26.5). As a result, 10 ECC wrestlers will compete at the National Tournament Feb. 22-23 in Des Moines.
NJCAA North Central District Results for Ellsworth Community College
125 - Da`Wayne Robertson (17-12) placed 1st and scored 16.50 team points.
Quarterfinal - Robertson (ECC) 17-12 won by tech fall over Adrian Lozano (Iowa Western) 8-11 (TF 16-0).
Semifinal - Robertson (ECC) 17-12 won by decision over Tristan Bundy (Iowa Central) 19-10 (Dec 5-4).
1st Place Match - Robertson (ECC) 17-12 won by major decision over Carson Henry (Rochester) 20-3 (Maj 17-8).
133 - Eric Franklin (14-12) placed 1st and scored 15.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - Franklin (ECC) 14-12 won by decision over Zach Welter (NIACC) 3-8 (Dec 4-1).
Semifinal - Franklin (ECC) 14-12 won by decision over Pedro Delao (Rochester) 7-5 (Dec 8-3).
1st Place Match - Franklin (ECC) 14-12 won by major decision over Frank Wilczek (Ridgewater) 9-9 (Maj 12-3).
141 - Tyler Lashbrook (16-10) placed 3rd and scored 12.50 team points.
Quarterfinal - Lashbrook (ECC) 16-10 won by major decision over Alex Anderson (Iowa Lakes) 13-13 (Maj 16-3).
Semifinal - Klinton Van Heuveln (Ridgewater) 36-7 won by decision over Lashbrook (ECC) 16-10 (Dec 7-5).
Cons. Semi - Lashbrook (ECC) 16-10 won by decision over Blake Spotts (NIACC) 13-18 (Dec 8-2).
3rd Place Match - Lashbrook (ECC) 16-10 won by major decision over Alex Anderson (Iowa Lakes) 13-13 (Maj 16-6).
149 - Coby Carson (15-5) placed 2nd and scored 14.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - Carson (ECC) 15-5 won by pin over Raymond Welch (Iowa Central) 3-13 (Pin 1:21).
Semifinal - Carson (ECC) 15-5 won by decision over Sha-Keno Jenkins (NIACC) 10-9 (Dec 9-6).
1st Place Match - Kasey Einerson (Iowa Western) 24-9 won by pin over Carson (ECC) 15-5 (Pin 4:16).
157 - Jeff Lyon (8-12) placed 5th and scored 7.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - Lyon (ECC) 8-12 won by decision over David Booth (Itasca Community College) 3-2 (Dec 8-4).
Semifinal - Dillon Coe (NIACC) 8-8 won by decision over Lyon (ECC) 8-12 (Dec 3-1).
Cons. Semi - Zak Benitz (Iowa Western) 19-11 won by tech fall over Lyon (ECC) 8-12 (TF 19-4).
5th Place Match - Lyon (ECC) 8-12 won by decision over Shane Fesenmaier (Ridgewater) 17-9 (Dec 3-0).
165 - Nate Woodard (12-21) 7th place and scored 2.50 team points.
Prelim - Woodard (ECC) 11-21 won by pin over Matt Mason (Itasca Community College) 0-2 (Pin 6:56).
Quarterfinal - Dominic Sipe (Rochester) 28-4 won by decision over Woodard (ECC) 11-21 (Dec 3-1).
Cons. Round 1 - Tyrell Martin (Ridgewater) 19-18 won by decision over Woodard (ECC) 11-21 (Dec 6-2).
7th-8th place- Woodard (ECC) won by decision over Sean Dulom (Iowa Western) (Dec 3-2).
174 - Eddie Mora (11-14) placed 6th and scored 4.50 team points.
Quarterfinal - Ben Goodwin (MN West) 2-1 won by decision over Mora (ECC) 11-14 (Dec 7-4).
Cons. Round 1 - Mora (ECC) 11-14 won by decision over Kenan Jackson (Iowa Central) 9-15 (Dec 4-3).
Cons. Semi - Dan Williams (Iowa Western) 17-12 won by decision over Mora (ECC) 11-14 (Dec 10-3).
5th Place Match - Trevor Mahlum (Ridgewater) 27-10 won by decision over Mora (ECC) 11-14 (Dec 4-0).
184 - Edwin Wilson (9-19) placed 5th and scored 9.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - Wilson (ECC) 9-19 won in overtime over Logan Barrett (Rochester) 22-12 (OT 10-8).
Semifinal - Devin Peterson (Iowa Western) 12-8 won by pin over Wilson (ECC) 9-19 (Pin 1:20).
Cons. Semi - Cody Harrison (Iowa Central) 3-8 won by major decision over Wilson (ECC) 9-19 (Maj 9-1).
5th Place Match - Wilson (ECC) 9-19 won by pin over Brady Thisius (Ridgewater) 22-17 (Pin 5:35).
197 - Joshua DaSilveira (17-5) placed 1st and scored 19.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - DaSilveira (ECC) 17-5 won by pin over Glenn Cothren (Iowa Lakes) 9-18 (Pin 4:29).
Semifinal - DaSilveira (ECC) 17-5 won by major decision over Shakheim Chapman (NIACC) 19-7 (Maj 12-4).
1st Place Match - DaSilveira (ECC) 17-5 won by pin over Joe Bunne (Rochester) 19-3 (Pin 1:14).
285 - Josh Lambrecht (21-8) placed 4th and scored 10.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - Alex Stockton (NIACC) 14-14 won by pin over Lambrecht (ECC) 21-8 (Pin 4:55).
Cons. Round 1 - Lambrecht (ECC) 21-8 won by pin over Aaron Satterwhite (Iowa Western) 10-11 (Pin 2:51).
Cons. Semi - Lambrecht (ECC) 21-8 won by decision over Christopher Ballard (Iowa Central) 13-8 (Dec 5-3).
3rd Place Match - Jeff Erickson (Iowa Lakes) 9-11 won by decision over Lambrecht (ECC) 21-8 (Dec 8-6).
“We wrestled!” exclaimed Head Coach Cole Spree. “We did what we’ve been working on all year long. I told them if we take care of ourselves and take care of what each one of us can control, things will happen the way they are supposed to happen. I am proud of the wrestlers; any time you can get every weight class through, you know you wrestled well. They deserve to go to the National Tournament because yesterday they did what they had to secure their spot. With this performance we were able to win the District title, which I do not believe has happened in a long time for Ellsworth. The guys knew this and wanted to bring the title back. Each one of them is proud of Ellsworth Community College … this is something they will remember for a long time.”
Coach Spree also commented on several individual performances. “We had four finalists and three champs. Anytime you can almost get half of your weights in the finals in one of the toughest regions in the nation, you have to be happy. Da’Wayne Robertson was on a mission all day. He is a winner; he knew what it was going to take for him to get the job done, and he did it. All year we have known he is one of the top kids in the nation and yesterday he showed why. Eric Franklin is a neat story overall. He’s a kid who really wasn’t a top recruit coming out of high school because he had only wrestled a of couple years. He came in at the beginning of the year and struggled, but just kept working and now has become one of the most dominant wrestlers in his weight class. He flat out dominated yesterday and I think the scores show that. Josh DaSilveira is one of our leaders and probably was the most dominant kid in the region. Josh means business when he steps onto the mat. He brings his lunchbox and hard hat and isn’t afraid of any work you put in front of him.”
With all 10 wrestlers qualifying for the National Tournament, Coach Spree says he likes Ellsworth’s chances. “We have an advantage on almost all of the teams that will be at the tournament because we have 10 guys … there are maybe only two or three other colleges bringing this many wrestlers. I also feel like we have 10 guys who are capable of being All Americans if they show up and do what they are supposed to do. We are a dangerous team, and if we take care of business the next couple of weeks like we have been, good things will happen.
Spree was also named Coach of the Year at the Regional Tournament. Of the recognition, he says, “It is an honor and without a doubt I’m proud of it, but I am more proud of our guys and our coaching staff. The amount of time and dedication they put in is unreal. They are the ones who made it possible for me to receive the award. They are all great people who work hard and are not afraid to get down and dirty when it’s called for. Without them the award would have never happened.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Ellsworth Community College Panther Wrestling Team: Front row, from left, Nate Woodard of Miami, FL; Joshua DaSilveira of Miami, FL; Eric Franklin of Tampa, FL; John Shadursky of Nevada, IA; Edwin Wilson of Miami, FL; and Tyler Lashbrook of Wellsburg, IA. Back row, from left, Eddie Mora of Doral, FL; Assistant Coach Matt Ries; Head Coach Cole Spree; Da’Wayne Robertson of Mesa, AZ; Jeff Lyon of Holt, MI; Coby Carson of Inola, OK; Josh Lambrecht of Fairfax, IA; James Kent of Iowa Falls, IA; and Assistant Coach Maurie Tomke.