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No Team Score at Walsh Ironman
By Dave Ressler  | staff
Friday, December 13, 2013

WALSH IRONMAN --  Lutheran West had its first wrestler to be invited to the Walsh Jesuit Ironman tournament on Friday, December 13.  Freshman James Handwerk was invited to participate in the tournament due to his Junior High State Championship last season as an eighth grader and his All-American finish at the National Cadet Greco Championships this summer in Fargo, North Dakota. 
Handwerk was unseeded in the tournament and drew the sixth seed in the first round.  His opponent Alfred Bannister from Maryland was a National Prep Champion and Beast of the East Champion in 2013 and ranked sixth in the nation at 145 lb.  Handwerk was caught early by Bannister and pinned in the first period.
The consolation round found Handwerk facing two-time Ohio state placer Taleb Rahmani from Division I Marysville.  Handwerk came out aggressive off the whistle and scored the first takedown of the match with a blast double.  Rahmani was able to get an escape at the end of the first period.  In the second period, Rahmani chose the down position and scored a reversal to take a 3-2 lead.  Handwerk chose down in the third period and got an escape to tie the score at 3-3.  Rahmani was able to score a takedown with the same move he used to score the reversal in the second period to lead 5-3.  Handwerk escaped to cut the lead to 5-4 with 30 seconds left but Rahmani was able to hold Handwerk off and won 5-4. 
“I was very proud of the way James wrestled today,” stated Coach Dave Ressler.  “James was very aggressive the entire match.  He just got caught with the merkle [an effective turn used in folkstyle wrestling] twice.  This was a great experience for him and the type of competition he needs to make a run for a state title.  James is helping to put Lutheran West wrestling on the map and we look forward to many more trips down to the Ironman.”  
Sat 11/23/13
Sat 11/30/13
2nd out of 10
Thu 12/12/13
L, 36-30
Thu 12/12/13
L, 33-24
Fri 12/13/13
No Team Score
Thu 12/19/13
L, 57-14
Thu 12/19/13
W, 41-28
Sat 12/21/13
13th out of 14
2013-14 Coach Dave Ressler
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