Jackson Rolfs, ranked No. 9 in Class 2A at 132 pounds, waits patiently for the whistle for the fall over Ethan Hamilton in Saturday’s quarterfinals at the Flanagan Invite. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Jackson Rolfs, ranked No. 9 in Class 2A at 132 pounds, waits patiently for the whistle for the fall over Ethan Hamilton in Saturday’s quarterfinals at the Flanagan Invite. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Viking pair of Jackson Rolfs and Andy Murphy competed in the finals and finished as runners-up at the annual Flanagan Invite, hosted at Crestwood Saturday.

In the team race, Cedar Falls won the day with 269. The host squad, Class 2A No. 10 Crestwood claimed second with 236 points while Decorah posted 126.5 points, finishing fifth.

“The big takeaways of the day were that we changed around some matches that we had lost earlier in the year and we were able to close the gap in some other ones. As coaches, we definitely identified positions and situations where the guys are improving on,” said Coach Jeff Freidhof.

At 132 pounds, Class 2A No. 9 Jackson Rolfs went 2-1 to earn silver and move to 19-6 on the season. In the quarterfinals he threw Belle Plaine’s Ethan Hamilton in 1:06, then did battle with Caden Anderson of Fillmore Central-Lanesboro-Mabel-Canton in the semifinals. J. Rolfs got the 9-5 decision over the former Minnesota state qualifier to move to the finals. There he faced Jackson Barth of Cedar Falls, getting turned in 3:05 to finish second.

Senior Andy Murphy (195) also reached the finals and finished 2-1 for the day. He threw Will Doyle of Cedar Falls JV in the quarterfinals in 2:26. It was an 11-2 major decision victory over Crestwood’s Carter Fousek in the semifinals for Murphy to move advance. Class 1A No. 6 Ethan Allie of Belle Plaine in the finals edged him on a 4-3 decision. Murphy’s record now stands at 13-9.

Two other Vikings finished the day with bronze medals — Kyzer Engen (126) and Dawson Palmer (182).

 

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