At the Charger Invitational on Jan. 27, hosted by Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center in Guthrie Center, the Woodward-Granger Hawks sported a total 11 top-10 finishers that included four wrestlers placing in the top three places.
Austin Scharlau, Gabe Yingst and Cody Fisher each recorded a second place finish with Ryan Munoz the lone third place representative.
The second rated 195-pound Fisher suffered his first loss this season after being pinned by Southeast Valley’s Kyler Fisher in his first place match.
Fisher started off his day with a bye before needing 20 seconds to earn a pinfall win over Noah Hale of Van Meter. He then recorded a 12-6 decision over Ogden’s Blake Haub.
The 152-pound Scharlau began his slew of meets with an 11-1 Major Decision win over Isaac Ireland of Greene County.
In the quarterfinal he recorded his second major decision, this time in a 10-2 victory over Ogden’s Jacob Kathman. His final win was a 10-4 decision win against Panorama’s Kaleb Stogdill.
Yingst’s day was similar to Fishers in which he received a first round bye and then ran off two wins before falling in the 160 pound championship round.
He first earned a lopsided 17-1 Technical Fall win over Panorama’s Garret Fox and then won an 8-5 decision over Bryce Cole of Van Meter.
As for Munoz he won his first match by pinfall against Nevada’s Sam Steele but the 120 pounder lost a 6-3 decision the following match to the host’s Blaine Beeler. The Hawk bounced back with three straight wins on his way to the third place platform.
The squad posted seven other players with top 10 finishes including two wrestlers who placed in the top five. In fourth was Dillon Fogarty (220) and Cole Carman (145) took fifth.
Payton Tague (126) placed seventh while four others, Hunter Pierce (106), Colt Palmer (132), Kade Polich (182) and Jacob Kepford (285) all finished in eighth place.
Other notable W-G participants were Dilynn Lewiston (113), Jay Dorenkamp (138) and Cale Pritchett (170).
As a team the Hawks’ unit combined for 153.5 points to finish fourth in a field of 21 teams.
The Hawks will be hitting the practice mat this whole week as they prepare for Sectionals this Saturday, Feb. 3 in Winterset hosted by the Huskies.