By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Pioneers qualify 1 wrestler for state tournament

Okoboji/HMS finishes fifth at Class 2A district meet


February 15, 2024


Heavyweight Bryce Ortega takes Aaron Richtsmeier of Clear Lake to the mat on his way to a major decision win at the district meet.

Only one wrestler from Okoboji/HMS emerged from Class 2A District 2 with a ticket to compete at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Competing at Estherville on Feb. 10, the Pioneers' Tyce Hanson lost the first-place match at 126 pounds by fall to Elijah Wilhite of Algona. But he was able to wrestle for second place and took advantage of the opportunity, pinning Noah Potter of Clear Lake (4:30) to earn a trip to state.

The junior (24-4) was scheduled to wrestle Kooper Waugh of West Delaware on Feb. 14. Day 1 of the tournament featured the Class 2A first and second rounds, as well as the first r...

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