By Rick Peterson
After going one-two in the Mid-East League wrestling tournament, Silver Lake and Rossville finished the same way in Saturday's Class 3A-1A District Boys Tournament at Silver Lake, with the Eagles winning the team championship by a 205-169 margin over the Bulldawgs.
Silver Lake won five individual titles and had 11 wrestlers post top-four finishes to qualify for regional competition, while Rossville had three individual winners and nine regional qualifiers.
Silver Lake got district wins from junior Justin Rakestraw at 132 pounds, senior Kai Allen at 138, junior Daigan Kruger at 170, junior Triston VandeVelde at 182 and junior Preston Gillen at 195 pounds.
Rakestraw improved to 12-3 on the season, while Allen is now 31-3, Kruger 41-1, VandeVelde 36-4 and Gillen 34-6.
Also qualifying for regionals for the Eagles were junior Devin Dultmeier (second at 120), sophomore Tyler Cook (fourth at 126), junior Caleb Taylor (third at 145), freshman Chase Root (third at 152), junior Eli Herkenrath (fourth at 160) and sophomore Kaden Walker (second at 220).
Earning district champions for Rossville were freshman 106-pounder Mason Broce, senior 145-pounder Layne Hurla and junior 152-pounder Sam Twombly while junior Colby Hurla (132), sophomore Krew Lacock (138), junior Corey Catron (160) and freshman Barrett Lietz (195) all posted second-place finishes..
Broce improved his record to 14-8 on the season while Hurla is is 21-3 and Twombly 11-2.
Also advancing to regionals for Rossville were sophomore Aryon Kleseth (third at 126), senior Joe McGrath (third at 170).
DIVISION II GIRLS DISTRICT AT MARYSVILLE
Senior Grace Fitzgerald won the 120-pound championship and freshman Hailey Horton won at 155 pounds to lead Silver Lake to the team title by an 88-73 margin over Holton in Friday's Division II Girls District Tournament at Marysville.
Fitzgerald improved to 18-9 on the season while Horton improved to 29-9.
Rossville also claimed an individual title, with freshman Keera Lacock winning at 115 pounds to improve to 13-3 on the season.