St. James made a clean sweep, winning the South Central Conference (SCC) wrestling meet held Feb. 11 in Fairmont.
The Saints took first place with 198.5 points, adding to their SCC dual-meet championship.
It was a close finish for second place with St. Peter tallying 151 points, just ahead of Blue Earth Area with 148.
BEA wrestler David Franta looks for an escape.
"I thought we'd have a chance for second. I knew it was going to be close and we had to wrestle well," says head coach Randy Wirtjes.
The Bucs advanced six wrestlers to the finals, but none unable to win a title.
Luke Schavey dropped a close 9-8 decision to Collin Thompson of St. Peter in the 132-pound finals.
Tanner Pehrson of Waseca won his fourth SCC title with a 7-1 win over Jesse Alleven at 138 pounds.
BEA's 195-pounder Kysten Zierke lost 1-0 in title match against St. Peter's Dylan O'Connor.
Also losing a heart-breaker was 160-pounder Carter Hanson.
Luke Schmit scored a winning takedown in overtime for a 7-5 win over Hanson.
Heavyweight Martin Granados lost 6-4 to Victor Torres of St. James, and Jacob Claybaugh of Waseca earned an 8-0 major decision over Josh Johnson at 220 pounds.
106: Ryan Gronewald (BEA) pinned Ryan Wacker (New Ulm), 1:58; Trevor Schultz (Fairmont/Martin County West) pinned Gronewald, 4:40; Shaun Timmerman (St. Peter) maj. dec. Gronewald, 9-0, for 3rd place.
113: Chris Pettis (St. Peter) dec. Alec Huber, 7-1; Huber tech. fall Christopher Krenz (Fairmont/Martin County West), 16-1, 4:46, for 3rd place.
120: Luke Cihak (New Ulm) pinned Matt Goodrich, 3:02; Cody Kurth (St. Peter) pinned Goodrich, 1:30; Goodrich receives bye for 5th place.
126: Hunter Retzlaff (St. Peter) pinned Mike Ankeny, 5:55; Ankeny pinned Tristan Hoy (Waseca), 1:35, for 3rd place.
132: Luke Schavey (BEA) pinned Brady Bomsta (Waseca), 3:10; Schavey dec. Taylor Berg (St. James), 7-2; Collin Thompson (St. Peter) dec. Schavey, 9-8, for 1st place.
138: Jesse Alleven (BEA) pinned Sam Hoppe (New Ulm), 2:50; Alleven pinned Devon Ford (Fairmont/Martin County West), 3:57; Tanner Pehrson (Waseca) dec. Alleven, 7-1, for 1st place.
145: Joe Weber (Fairmont/Martin County West) pinned Jacob Johnson, 4:49; Jacob Deling (Waseca) dec. Johnson, 3-0; Riley Shelgren (New Ulm) pinned Johnson, 4:40, for 5th place.
152: David Franta (BEA) tech. fall Arturo Hidalgo (St. James), 5:55; Bryan Andrews (Fairmont/Martin County West) maj. dec. Franta, 12-2; Zach Gleiter (St. James) dec. Franta, 7-3, for 3rd place.
160: Carter Hanson (BEA) tech. fall Ryan Westman (St. James), 5:58; Hanson tech. fall Kyle Bosacker (St. Peter), 2:45; Luke Schmit (New Ulm) dec. Hanson, 7-5 OT, for 1st place.
170: Chris Ramos (BEA) pinned Cole Wilfahrt (New Ulm), 3:37; Esteban Zelaya (St. James) tech. fall Ramos, 5:30; Ramos dec. Kory Brown (Fairmont/Martin County West), 3-1, for 3rd place.
182: No BEA entry.
195: Kysten Zierke (BEA) pinned Lorenzo Hernandez (New Ulm), :17; Zierke maj. dec. Michael Hayes (Waseca), 10-2; Dylan Connor (St. Peter) dec. Zierke, 1-0, for 1st place..
220: Josh Johnson (BEA) pinned Braxton Greenwaldt (New Ulm), :39; Johnson dec. Jovan Ramos (Fairmont/Martin County West), 1-0; Jacob Claybaugh (Waseca) maj. dec. Johnson, 8-0, for 1st place.
285: Martin Granados (BEA) pinned Sam Serra (Waseca), :30; Granados pinned Nick Milliman (St. Peter), 1:13; Victor Torres (St. James) dec. Granados, 6-4, for 1st place.
St. James 198.5; St. Peter 151; BEA 148; Fairmont/ Martin County West 143.5; Waseca 134; New Ulm 77.
Section team meet
The Bucs earned the No. 5-seed in the Section 2A team championships held Feb. 18 in Mapleton.
In the opening round, BEA (19-9) wrestled No. 4-seed New Richlando-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (15-5), a team they lost to 36-30 in the season.
The winner advanced to the semis to face either Jackson County Central, Blooming Prairie or Southland. JCC is 19-3 and ranked No. 1 in Class A.
In the bottom bracket, United South Central (17-8) took on Medford (6-8) in the opening round, while St. Clair (5-11) faced Maple River (15-1). The two winning teams met in the semi-finals.
The Register will have full results in next week's edition.