Prep wrestling: Adrian, Minneota battle to the end
TRACY -- Wrestling fans at the Plum Creek Team Tournament were treated to a potential preview of the Section 3A title match Saturday when Class A's sixth-ranked team, Adrian, matched up against No. 1 Minneota.The match lived up to its billing and...
TRACY - Wrestling fans at the Plum Creek Team Tournament were treated to a potential preview of the Section 3A title match Saturday when Class A’s sixth-ranked team, Adrian, matched up against No. 1 Minneota.
The match lived up to its billing and then some.
The Dragons held a 30-25 lead going into the final bout, but a dramatic pin for Trent Esping of the Vikings gave his team a 31-30 victory. It was the only loss of the day for Adrian, which beat New Ulm and United, 62-15 and 57-18, respectively. Hosting Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove went 3-0, beating United (40-30), Marshall (51-15) and New Ulm (47-30).
In the day’s marquee matchup, Minneota jumped out to a 19-0 lead before Adrian’s Skylar Hieronimus won by injury default at 132 pounds. The Dragons earned three straight wins after that to close the deficit to 19-17. That run included major decisions for Logan Nelson (145) and Logan Rogers (152).
The Vikings recovered to go up 25-17 before Hunter Heitkamp worked a first-period pin at 182 to get the Dragons within two. Dylan Gyberg’s 14-2 major decision at 195 gave them their first lead, 27-25, before Gavin Engelkes out-lasted Ryan Twedt for a 6-1 decision.
That set the score at 30-25 going into Esping’s bout with Scott Edwards. Minneota’s fourth-ranked 285-pounder got the match-winning fall in the first period.
Heitkamp had a big day individually for Adrian, going 3-0 with three pins. Engelkes, Elias and Nelson were all 3-0 with victories by fall with Hieronimus, Rogers and Gyberg also going 3-0.
TMB/W-WG led United 37-12 going into the 170-pound match, a lead that proved insurmountable. Derrick Ellingson (106), Nestor Perez (113), Daulton Carlson (120) and Jace Paplow (138) all stuck their opponents in the win.
The Panthers also got out to an early lead against Marshall. Pins by Paplow and Logan Axford (152) extended that advantage to 30-9 with Cole Olson (220) putting a stamp on the victory. New Ulm managed to come back and take a 21-17 lead on TMB/W-WG, but pins for Axford and Nash Meyer (160) put the home team on top for good.
LAKE CRYSTAL - Windom/Mountain Lake notched two champions and sent three wrestlers to the finals Saturday at the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Invitational.
The Cobras took fifth as a team with 95 points. Much of that was accumulated by 113-pound champion Zach Spinks and Alex Borsgard, who took the title at 126.
Spinks was dominant, pinning all three of his opponents. That included a fall in 4:51 over Le Sueur-Henderson’s Keon Narango in the title bout. Borsgard was 2-0 and ended the day with a 4-0 victory over Tagen Miller from Wabasha-Kellogg.
Evan Wiens added a second-place finish for the Cobras at 132 pounds when he went 1-1.
HUTCHINSON - Jackson County Central entered only five wrestlers into Saturday’s Hutchinson Invitational. Still, it was able to come away with a pair of individual champions.
The Huskies put three of their five entrants on the podium for an eighth-place team finish of 51 points in the nine-team field.
Keegan Moore continued his quest for a third consecutive state title when he won the 182-pound title. He pinned his first two opponents before a 9-3 victory against Foley’s Spencer Elwell in the finals.
Jacob Tvinnereim also took first for the Huskies. At 132 pounds, he pinned two opponents before shutting out Hutchinson-Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s Dylan Pundsack 4-0. Zach Poelaert (126) earned a sixth-place finish to add to the team total.
HARRISBURG, S.D. - Fulda/Murray County Central went across the border for the Harrisburg Invitational Saturday. It came back with an eight-place finish after tallying 70.5 points.
The Warriors top finisher was Clayton Hartle at 126 pounds. He went 2-1, pinning his way to the championship match. There, he settled for second with a loss to Brandon Carroll of Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
Ben Blanchette (132) fought back from a first-round loss to go 3-1 on the day and take third place. Danny Blankenship (106) and Tate Meyer (160) helped the F/MCC cause with fourth-place finishes.
LEMARS, Iowa - Sibley-Ocheyedan put forth another dominant showing Saturday at the LeMars Invitational.
The Generals tallied 239 points for first place in the 11-team tournament, beating their closest pursuer by 43 points. That was aided by five championships and a trio of second-place finishes. Sheldon/South O’Brien racked up 65 points for 10th place.
Garrett Sayler (160) perhaps made the most noise of all the S-O title winners. He pinned all three of his opponents, with the longest of those matches lasting just 2:16. Jose Flores (106) and Dylan Schuck (145) both went 3-0 with a pair of wins by fall. Pedro Rodriguez was 3-0 with two major decisions on his way to the 138-pound championship with Matt Naig (220) pinning his opponent for the title and going 2-0.
Kyle Green (152), Trent Kruger (170) and Hunter DeJong (182) all went 2-1 to take second for S-O. Green had two pins and dropped an overtime heartbreaker in the title bout. Kruger also had two victories by fall.
Travis Sterler was the top-placing grappler for Sheldon/South O’Brien. The Orabs’ 195-pounder went 1-1 for second place with his one win coming in a 30-second pin. Dakota Peters (126), Clayton Leng (145) and Luke Jenness (170) all earned fifth for the Orabs.