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January 7, 2013
Warsaw High School

FORT MADISON — The Keokuk Chiefs placed second among 14 teams at the 50th annual Fort Madison Tournament.

Fort Madison won the tournament title with 231 points. Keokuk scored 193 points, and Burlington finished third with 182.5 points.

“This was a huge tournament for the Chiefs,” said Keokuk Head Coach Tom Rose. “This team has exceeded my expectations in the first half of the season the way they are working and competing. This finish is a huge building block for us going into the Christmas break.”

West Hancock placed sixth with 96 points, and the Keokuk junior varsity was 11th with 34 points.

Alex Goss won an individual title at 285 pounds for Keokuk. Goss, ranked seventh in Class 3A in the weight division, pinned New London’s Avery Jacobs in 2:35 in the final.

“Alex went out and took care of business,” Rose said. “

Cam Sadeghi, Dakota Shaw and Trevor Roth each placed second for Keokuk.

Sadeghi lost an 8-3 decision to Fort Madison’s Bryce Meyer, a two-time state qualifier, in the final at 113 pounds.

“It was a good day for Cam,” Rose said. “He had been sick and missed Thursday’s meet. He was having a tough time making weight and was a little weak going into the tournament, but he did an outstanding job. He went up against Meyer and after getting over the initial shell-shock of a freshman competing against a junior, he wrestled with him.”

Shaw was pinned by Burlington’s Matt Seabold in 3:01 in the final at 182 pounds. Seabold is the top-ranked wrestler in 3A in the weight class.

“Seabold is at another level we need to get to,” Rose said. “Dakota tried a few moves that didn’t work, but I was glad to see him try some things against a wrestler of that caliber.”

Roth took an injury default in the final at 220 pounds to New London’s Kyle Davis.

“Trevor was leading 5-1 with five seconds left in the first period when he landed on his head,” Rose said.

Gage Hawkins placed third for Keokuk at 106 pounds. Zach Meek was third at 152 pounds, and Drake Seitz finished third at 195 pounds.

“This was a big tournament for Gage, wrestling for the first time at 106 pounds,” Rose said. “He took an unfortunate draw by getting the eventual champion on his side of the bracket, but he did a great job to get third.

“Zach got his first opportunity at the varsity level and also did a good job, and Drake had a big showing for him as a second-year wrestler, getting a couple of pins and bouncing back in his last match to get third.”

Kody Forbes was fourth for the Chiefs at 132 pounds. Nathan Elkin took fourth at 145 pounds, and Brendan Sadeghi finished fourth at 170 pounds.

Shea Hawkins was sixth for Keokuk at 138 pounds.

Tyler Bitting led the Keokuk junior varsity with a third-place finish at 138 pounds. Jacob Briscoe was fifth at 152 pounds.

“Tyler went 4-1 on the day and wrestled a good match against the eventual champion,” Rose said.

West Hancock had two wrestlers win individual titles.

Will Lucie scored a 7-0 deicision over Muscatine’s Colten Vogel to win the 106-pound title. Lucie is ranked ninth in Class 1A by Illinois Matmen.

Jack Lucie won the title at 126 pounds, defeating Burlington’s Dallas Terry by a 9-2 decision. Lucie, a two-time state qualifier, is ranked third in Class 1A at 126 pounds.

Freddy Lopez, ranked 13th in 1A at 195 pounds, finished third at 182 pounds. Daniel Allen placed third at 220 pounds, and John Koehler finished fifth at 195 pounds.

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