Wrestling: WHS wins border war with Sibley-Ocheyedan
WORTHINGTON — Worthington unfolded an early advantage after three forfeits received in the lower weights and cruised past Sibley-Ocheyedan, 54-22, in a non-conference interstate wrestling dual Tuesday night.
“We started this dual three or four years ago. Our triangulars are only home every three years, so we wanted to get some home and away duals,” Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said. “Sibley-Ocheyedan is nice and close and they bring a nice crowd in. Hopefully we can bring a nice crowd to their place (next year) and develop a little rivalry.”
Hser Eh Pwae, a sophomore for the Trojans, received a forfeit to begin the dual at 106 pounds. He was followed by forfeits received from Hser Moo Pwae (113) and eighth-grader Ethan Pavelko (120).
At 126 pounds, defending state champion Anthony Luft earned his team a big win over one of the Generals’ top wrestlers, freshman Dylan Schuck. Luft gained the fall at 5:11 of the match to hand his team a 24-0 lead heading into Jeffrey Camacho’s match at 132.
“I felt like I was in control most of the time and in the end I was able to turn him,” Luft said. “My season has been going well but there is still a lot that needs done for (the state tournament trail) in March. A lot of our guys wrestled well tonight and we’re practicing a lot harder in the room every day.”
Camacho fell in a 16-4 major decision against a dominant Kyle Green at 132 as the Generals came back to take three matches in a row from the Trojans. At 138 pounds, Garrett Sayler won an 11-5 decision over Worthington’s King Blanchette and, at 145, S-O’s Andrew Brockshus stuck Worthington eighth-grader Mason Byrne at 5:17.
Worthington freshman Vince Riley won in a fall (3:49) at 152 pounds and Torey Rogers received forfeit at 160. Blake Schroeder earned at quick pin, at 1:18, in his match at 170. Nic Putnam won by fall in 3:06 at 182 and Carson Hagen stuck his opponent at 195 in 3:41.
Despite the lopsided appearance to the final tally, Prunty was pleased with the level of competition his wrestlers faced against Sibley-Ocheyedan.
“They have some great young kids from Sibley, especially from 126 to 152,” he commented. “That was a nice pin for Anthony. They took some matches from us in the middle weights but Vince is gaining more confidence. Schroeder, Hagen and Putnam really sealed the deal for us.”
The Generals, after winning their three matches in the middle-lower weights, won the final two matches of the night. It was a good showing for the team, Sibley-Ocheyedan head coach Ben Strandberg said. His team heads to the Siouxland Conference tournament Friday night in Sioux Center.
“The guys came in and wrestled hard. That’s what we’re looking for,” Strandberg offered. “We faced really good competition and that’s why we come up here. Going into tournament time, the conference tournament is an important time. The younger guys are excited about it and we have some older guys who haven’t won it and they’re looking to do that.”
Worthington’s win was its 10th on the season. The Trojans welcome Redwood Valley to town Thursday night for their final regular season dual. It will be Parents Night. Tuesday was Meet the Trojans night.
“Hopefully we have some of our young wrestlers watching so they can meet some of our older wrestlers if they haven’t,” Prunty said of the Meet the Trojans event. “Certainly tonight is a good opportunity for us to promote our sport and Worthington wrestling.”
Worthington 54, Sibley-Ocheyedan 22 106: Eh Pwae (W) won by forfeit; 113: Moo Pwae (W) won by forfeit; 120: Pavelko (W) won by forfeit; 126: Luft (W) pin Schuck 5:11; 132: Green (S) major dec. Camacho 16-4; 138: Sayler (S) dec. Blanchette 11-5; 145: Brockshus (S) pin Bryne 5:18; 152: Riley (W) pin Santana 3:49; 160: Rogers (W) won by forfeit; 170: Schroeder (W) pin Schmitt 1:18; 182: Putnam (W) pin Agena 3:06; 195: Hagen (W) pin Naig 3:41; 220: Hoekstra (S) pin Abraham 3:30; 285: Coleman (S) dec. Wietzema 2-1 in overtime.