Blue Earth Area remains undefeated in the South Central Conference (SCC), but their third victory didn’t come easy.
The Bucs trailed 35-26 going into the final two matches.
Senior Josh Johnson, rated No. 3 at 220 pounds, pinned Nick Millman in 3:10 to cut the Saints lead to 35-32.
Heavyweight Martin Granados found himself in familiar territory with the outcome of the meet in his hands.
The freshman built a 10-2 lead before pinning senior Nick Kempenich in 3:33.
St. Peter grabbed a 6-0 lead with a pin at 106 pounds.
However, 113-pounder Alec Huber picked up a 7-4 win followed by two major decisions from Isaac Vasquez (120) and Mike Ankeny (126) to give the Bucs an 11-6 lead.
The Saints tied the score with a tech fall at 132 and held a 17-11 advantage following a pin at 138.
Freshman Jacob Johnson started BEA’s comeback with a close 7-6 win at 145 pounds.
Pins from 152-pounder David Franta and Carter Hanson at 160 put the Bucs ahead 26-23.
But, a forfeit at 182 and a pin at 195 put St. Peter ahead 35-26 with two matches left.
The win sets up a showdown between BEA and St. James, also undefeated in the SCC. The Register will have results of the meet in the next edition.
BEA?38, St. Peter 35
106: Shaun Timmerman (SP) pinned Ryan Gronewald, 4:55.
113: Alec Huber (BEA) dec. Chris Pettis, 7-4.
120: Isaac Vasquez (BEA) maj. dec. Jared Schave, 17-9.
126: Mike Ankeny (BEA) maj. dec. Cody Kurth, 12-4.
132: Hunter Retzlaff (SP) tech. fall Kolt Gorg, 17-2; Retzlaff is ranked No. 6 in Class AA at 126 pounds.
145: Jacob Johnson (BEA) dec. Steven Pettis, 7-6.
152: David Franta (BEA)?pinned Matt Sack, 2:46.
160: Carter Hanson (BEA) pinned Arturo Hidalgo, 2:27; Hanson is ranked No. 3 in Class A at 160 pounds.
170: Kyle Bosacker (SP) pinned Chris Ramos, 2:51.
182: Ashton Bartlett (SP) wins by forfeit.
195: Dylan Connor (SP) pinned Kysten Zierke, 4:12.
220: Josh Johnson (BEA) pinned Nick Millman, 3:10; Johnson is rated No. 3 in Class A.
285: Martin Granados (BEA) pinned Nick Kempenich, 3:33.
Bucs win three at Luverne
Blue Earth Area went 3-1 at the Luverne wrestling duals held Jan. 21.
However, the Bucs needed come-from-behind wins in two of their victories. Their lone loss was to Class A No. 4-ranked Wabasso/Red Rock Central.
In the first round against Worthington, BEA trailed 30-5 after the first seven matches, with the only win coming on 113-pounder Alec Huber’s tech fall.
David Franta started the comeback with a 6-3 decision at 152, followed by a forfeit at 160.
Carter Hanson, rated No. 3 in Class A at 160 pounds, hung on for a 12-10 win at 170 pounds to cut the Trojans lead to 30-17.
Worthington answered with a 3-1 win at 182 to make the score 33-17.
But, the door wasn’t closed on the Bucs.
Kysten Zierke pinned his opponent in 3:32 at 195 pounds, while No. 3-rated 220-pounder Josh Johnson registered a fall in 3:19. Suddenly, BEA?trailed 33-29 with one match remaining.
Martin Granados sealed the victory with a fall in 2:52 to make the final score, 35-33.
BEA won nine of 14 matches to defeat the hometown Luverne Cardinals, 52-25.
In Round 3, Pipestone built a 22-11 lead, but BEA got a pin from David Franta at 152 and a major decision from Hanson at 160 to pull within one.
Pipestone won the next two matches by a forfeit and tech fall and led 33-21.
That set the stage for the upper weights.
Again, Zierke kept BEA’s hopes alive with a pin in 3:35 at 195 pounds and Johnson (220) won by way of a forfeit to tie the score at 33-33.
Granados then put his opponent’s shoulders to the mat in 1:05 to give the Bucs a 39-33 victory.
In the final matchup of the day, Wabasso/Red Rock Central proved too much for BEA.
The Bucs won only two matches, Ryan Gronewald’s 5-3 decision at 106 pounds and Johnson’s pin in 1:29 at 220.
Josh Johnson ended the day with a 4-0 mark, two of his wins by a fall.
Zierke (195) was 3-1 with two pins, while Huber was 3-1 with two tech falls and a major decision.
Also posting 3-1 records were Hanson with a major decision and Franta with a fall.
Granados was 2-1 with two pins.
The Bucs’ season record improves to 18-7.
BEA 35, Worthington 33
106: Anthony Luft (W) pinned Ryan Gronewald, 1:50; Luft is ranked No. 3 in Class AA.
113: Alec Huber (BEA) tech fall Cody Michelson, 19-4.
120: Vince Riley (W) pinned Chris Leland, 1:12.
126: Christian Artiga (W) dec. Mike Ankeny, 2-0.
132: Jared Kinley (W) pinned Kolt Gorg, 1:13; Kinley is ranked No. 7 at 126 pounds in Class AA.
138: Jacob Clarke (W) maj. dec. Luke Schavey, 14-5.
145: Matt Poppema (W) tech fall Jacob Johnson, 5:50.
152: David Franta (BEA) dec. Zach Kempema, 6-3.
160: Roger Ziegler (BEA) wins by forfeit.
170: Carter Hanson (BEA) dec. Blake Schroeder, 12-10.
182: Carson Hagen (W) dec. Chris Ramos, 3-1.
195: Kysten Zierke (BEA) pinned Brandon Riermersma, 3:22.
220: Josh Johnson (BEA) pinned Emmanuel Martinez, 3:19..
285: Martin Granados (BEA) pinned Peter Abraham, 2:52.
BEA 52, Luverne 25
106: Gronewald (BEA) pinned Will Natte, 5:50.
113: Huber (BEA) maj. dec. Solomon Nielsen, 15-2.
120: Cyris Halverson (L) pinned Leland, 1:17.
126: Ankeny (BEA) pinned Cody Hess, 1:36.
132: Eli Dooyema (L) maj. dec. Schavey, 10-2.
138: Gorg (BEA) pinned Manny Olson, 2:37.
145: Spencer Oeltjenburns (L) pinned Johnson, 5:42.
152: Franta (BEA) wins by forfeit.
160: Hanson (BEA) wins by forfeit.
170: Wyatt Aubert (L) dec. Ramos, 4-0.
182: Christian Haugh (BEA) wins by forfeit.
195: Zierke (BEA) wins by forfeit.
220: DJ Reker (L) pinned Micah Twedt, 2:32.
285: Johnson (BEA) wins by forfeit.
BEA 39, Pipestone 33
106: Jordan Wipl (P) pinned Gronewald, 1:49.
113: Huber (BEA) tech fall Jacoby Hunt, 16-1.
120: Elijiah Eueson (P) pinned Tanner Wolf, :44.
126: Ankeny (BEA) dec. Cole Nordmeyer, 4-1.
132: Schavey (BEA) dec. Walker Kor, 7-5.
138: Alex Ossefoot (P) maj. dec. Gorg, 10-1.
145: Brady Boss (P) pinned Johnson, 2:57.
152: Franta (BEA)?pinned Michael Ryan, 1:20.
160: Hanson (BEA) maj. dec. Will Smith 18-4.
170: Nate Dubbeide (P)?wins by forfeit.
182: Matt Heraldson (P) tech fall Ramos, 15-0.
195: Zierke (BEA) pinned Jared Hillard, 3:35. 195: Zierke (BEA) pinned Jared Hillard, 3:35.
220: Johnson (BEA) wins by forfeit.
285: Granados (BEA) pinned Garrit Thompson, 1:05.
Wabasso/R. Rock Cent 62, BEA 9
106: Gronewald (BEA) dec. Cole Werner, 5-3.
113: Spencer Jennings (W/RRC) pinned Huber, 3:44; Jenninges is ranked No. 4 at 106 pounds in Class A.
120: Caleb Kemp (W/RRC) pinned Leland, 1:18.
126: Brandon Golrisch (W/RRC) maj. dec. Ankeny, 12-2.
132: Derek Christians (W/RRC) dec. Schavey, 6-0.
138: Tanner Rohlik (W/RRC) pinned Gorg, :43.
145: Mitchell Schroepfer (W/RRC) pinned Johnson, :49.
152: Ben Malter (W/RRC)?dec. Franta, 7-6.
160: Mitchell Rohlik (W/RRC) wins by forfeit; Rohlik is ranked No. 6 at 145 pounds in Class A.
170: Blake Altermatt (W/RRC) pinned Hanson, 2:17.
182: Nathan Mattison (W/RRC) maj. dec. Ramos, 9-0; Mattison is ranked No. 6 at 170 pounds in Class A.
195: Shane Irbeck (W/RRC) pinned Zierke, 3:02.
220: Johnson (BEA) pinned Mike Wersal, 1:29.
285: Cody Welch (W/RRC) pinned Granados, 1:00; Welch is ranked No. 2 at 195 pounds in Class A.