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BGM's Kolars, Smith crowned SICL conference champions

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Collin Kolars, BGM, controls his opponent during the SICL Conference Tournament in Belle Plaine. Kolars placed first at 103 pounds as BGM placed second in the race for the team title with 206.5 points Sigourney was first with 216.5.

It's the first time in over a decade that Belle Plaine didn't win the SICL wrestling title.

Despite a solid team effort, it wasn't the BGM Bears who knocked the Plainsmen off the throne.

Sigourney-Keota (S/K) placed first with 216 points followed by BGM with 206.  However, the Bears had a strong performance with two conference titles - Collin Kolars pinned Lynnville-Sully's (LS) Dave Trettin in 1:34 at 103 and Brandon Smith stopped Dillon Stutzmanat, S/K, at 145 in a 3-0 decision.

In fact, area teams did well at the tourney.

Iowa Valley/HLV (IV/HLV) saw three champs - Colton Rabe at 135 pinned Tyler Bracy, BGM, in 3:15; Seth Gunzenhauser stopped S/K's Nick Olson with a pin in 1:11 at 152 and Robert Lockhart at 160, scored a 10-4 win over Andrew DeRegnier, English Valleys.

The Bears had three wrestlers in second<Gavin Kolars at 119 and Bracy.  And at 130 pounds, Belle Plaine's Cody Chekal stopped Travis Foster with a close 8-7 decision.

Conner Johnston, Tri-County/Montezuma (TC/M), was second at 189, losing to No. 4 ranked Kyle Soderblom, LS, with an 11-2 decision.

Second place finishers for IV/HLV include Logan Loftus, 140, Reif McBride at 112 and Josh Kriegel at 171.

BGM saw Tanner Showalter place third at 112, Jake Steffen third at 140 and Jesse East at third at 160. Fourth place finishers included Cole Clark at 125, Matt Plants at 152, Dustin Henry at 189 and Tyler Smith at 285.

Colton Molyneux finished third at 125 for TC/Montezuma with Joey Kirpatrick third at 215 and James McCain fourth at 119.

IV/HLV's Josh Kensler was third at 145.

UPDATED February 3, 2010 5:28 PM

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