Having just wrestled a meet the night before, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers found themselves facing three different opponents at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva on Friday night, Jan. 3.
"We didn't really know it was going to be a quadrangular until just a couple days before," says Buc head coach Randy Wirtjes. "It was a real test of our guys stamina."
The Bucs responded to the challenge in high fashion. They downed all three of their opposing teams and they did it by wide margins in each case.
BEA defeated St. Clair 59-12, then dispatched Triton by a score of 60-14 and ended by besting the host team, NRHEG, 48-15.
"It was good night for us," Wirtjes says. "Next week (Jan. 18) we travel to the Estherville Invite and that is five matches in one day for the boys. This was a good warmup."
The three wins puts the Buccaneers' record at 9-5 in duals and they are 1-0 in South Central Conference competition.
Here is a wrap up of the matches at New Richland:
BEA 59, St. Clair 12
The Bucs got off to a fast start, leading 14-0 on wins from Adam Legred at 106 pounds, Zach Buseman at 113 and Wyatt Tungland at 120.
The Cyclones finally got on the board when Camden Bowers lost a real tight contest at 126 pounds, 5-4.
The Bucs went ahead 23-3 when Alec Huber won at 132 pounds and Jordan Stelter earned points for a forfeit at 138 pounds.
At 145 pounds, BEA's Mike Ankeny lost another very close match, falling 2-1 to his opponent. And, Luke Schavey also lost 11-5 at 152 pounds. That made the score 23-9.
Kolt Gorg took a win by for forfeit at 160 pounds. At 170 pounds BEA's David Franta lost a heartbreaker, 1-0.
The score was 29-12. However, St. Clair would not score again.
BEA's Gus Phillips won by forfeit at 182 pounds, Jacob Johnson got a pin at 195 pounds, so did Jared Armon at 220 pounds.
Martin Granados ended the match by getting a forfeit at 285 pounds.
Final score, 59-12.
BEA 60, Triton 14
In this match the Bucs cruised to a 21-0 lead when Adam Legred and Zach Buseman got pins at 106 and 113 pounds, Wyatt Tungland won by forfeit at 120 pounds and Camden Bowers pulled off a 12-3 win at 126 pounds.
Jordan Stelter lost by fall at 138 pounds making the score 21-3. But those were the last points Triton would score for a long while.
Mike Ankeny won by forfeit at at 145 pounds, Luke Schavey scored a pin at 152 pounds, Kolt Gorg won 6-0 at 160 pounds and David Franta and Gus Phillips pinned their opponents shoulders to the mat at 170 and 182 pounds respectively.
Suddenly the score was 54-3.
Jacob Johnson and Jared Armon lost their matches at 195 and 220 pounds respectively, making the score 54-14.
But at 285 pounds, Martin Granados received a forfeit as well, making the final score 60-14.
BEA 48, NRHEG 15
The Bucs match against the Panthers was a little closer in the early going than the other two.
Adam Legred got things going with a 12-4 win at 106 pounds giving BEA a 4-0 lead.
But a loss 7-1 loss by Zach Buseman at 113 pounds made it close at 4-3 in favor of the Bucs. And when Wyatt Tungland was pinned at 120 pounds, BEA was behind 9-4.
It was the last points the Panthers would be able to get for the next nine matches as the Bucs went on a roll.
Camden Bowers at 126 pounds, Alec Huber at 132 and Jordan Stelter at 138 all pinned their NRHEG opponents.
Mike Ankeny notched a 9-0 win at 145 pounds, followed by another Buc pin by Luke Schavey at 152.
Kolt Gorg dominated in a 11-3 win at 160 pounds while David Franta added a 9-6 win at 170, Gus Phillips a 10-4 victory at 182 and Jacob Johnson 12-6 at 195.
The score stood at a commanding 45-9.
At 220 pounds Jared Armon was pinned by his Panther opponent, cutting the Bucs lead to 45-15.
The match ended 48-15 when Martin Granados scored a very close 1-0 win at 285 pounds. The Buccaneer heavyweight sports a 15-1 record at this point of the season.
This week the Bucs will host the Fairmont Cardinals on Friday.