EAGLE GROVE - Wrestlers will get their first taste of all-day action as they hit the mat for the Eagle Grove Invitational here on Saturday.
Seven teams and 20 ranked grapplers will participate in the 74th annual tournament. Action begins at 11 a.m, with the finals set for around 3 p.m.
Defending champion Ankeny will bring four rated participants. The Fort Dodge Dodgers have three, coming off a 51-21 dual victory over Urbandale on Thursday.
"(The Eagle Grove Invite) is always a very solid tournament," said FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson. "It should be a well-balanced field again this year."
Also in the field with ranked wrestlers are Ballard (3), Emmetsburg (5) and Clarion-Goldfield (5).
Algona and host Eagle Grove are also in the field.
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106 - 4. Evan Ulven, jr., Clarion-Goldfield; 10. Erik Birnbaum, so., Fort Dodge.
120 - 8. Austin Anderson, sr., Ankeny.
132 - 5. Mitchell Borer, jr., Ballard; 7. Joel Haberman, so., Clarion-Goldfield.
138 - 8. Dillon Hansen, sr., Ballard.
152 - 4. Brady Bailey, sr., Emmetsburg.
160 - 10. Ian Begg, sr., Ankeny.
170 - 3. Nick Schany, sr., Emmetsburg; 5. Duke Egli, sr., Fort Dodge; 6. Jake Haberman, sr., Clarion-Goldfield.
182 - 1. Andrew Wellik, sr., Emmetsburg; 9. John Ware, so., Ankeny; 10. Andrew Landgrebe, jr., Oskaloosa.
195 - 2. Dane Jones, sr., Oskaloosa; 3. Austin McCartan, sr., Emmetsburg; 6. Alex Macki, sr., Ballard; 9. Will Simpson, sr., Ankeny; 10. Riley Prescott, jr., Fort Dodge.
220 - 1. Mitch Gambrill, jr., Clarion-Goldfield; 8. Tayler Wegner, sr., Emmetsburg.
Fort Dodge Lineup
106 - Erik Birnbaum, so., (1-0); 113 - Cole Detmering, fr., (1-0); 120 - Kole Evans, jr., (1-0); 126 - Cameron Hicks, jr., (0-1); 132 - Cory Alexander, jr., (0-1); 138 - Jonah Egli, fr., (1-0); 145 - Matt Osborne, sr., (0-1); 152 - Kole Kampen, fr., (1-0); 160 - Willie Moretz, fr., (0-1); 170 - Duke Egli, sr., (1-0); 182 - Sam Cook, fr., (1-0); 195 - Riley Prescott, jr., (1-0); 220 - Kyle Johnson, sr., (1-0); 285 - Open.
"Emmetsburg is ranked second in the state and has to be the favorite," Thompson said. "Ankeny also has four ranked athletes. Algona doesn't have anyone in the Top-10, but they have some solid wrestlers, too."
Ankeny is the defending champion after holding off Clarion-Goldfield last season and crowning five champs. The Cowboys won five titles as well last season, with two going to Fort Dodge, one to Emmetsburg and one to Ballard.
For the Dodgers, fifth-ranked senior Duke Egli is the defending 160-pound champion. Egli earned his 71st career victory in Fort Dodge's senior-opener against the J-Hawks.
"We need to wrestle with the same type of aggressiveness and intensity as (Thursday)," Thompson said. "I saw a lot of encouraging things for the future."
Returning champions in the field for Ankeny are eighth-ranked Austin Anderson.
Clarion-Goldfield's fourth-rated Evan Ulven and Emmetsburg's third-ranked Nick Schany were also champions.
Schany will have a strong weight to compete at with Egli and sixth-ranked Jake Haberman of C-G.
There are two top-rated grapplers in the field:?Emmetsburg's Andrew Wellik (182) and Clarion-Goldfield's Mitch Gambrill (220).
Wellik is the frontrunner at 182, but two other ranked wrestlers from Class 3A will make a claim for the crown.
The stacked weight looks to be at 195 pounds, with five ranked wrestlerss slated for action including No. 2 Dane Jones of Oskaloosa and No. 3 Austin McCartan of Emmetsburg.