No. 8 rated BEA edges Maple River
The Blue Earth Area wrestling team needed to come from behind to defeat Maple River 34-27 in non-conference action Tuesday night in Blue Earth.
The Bucs won five matches to the Eagles’ seven and head coach Randy Wirtjes says his team was fortunate to win and improve their season record to 18-1.
“Maple River just outwrestled us. It wasn’t that our guys didn’t try, we came out sluggish,” says Wirtjes. “We wrestled flat.”
The Eagles put the first team points on the scoreboard with Jesse Jaeger’s pin in 4:54 at 103 pounds.
BEA, ranked eighth in Class A, answered with three straight wins; Jake Wirtjes 10-4 at 112, D.J. Gronewald’s (119) pin in 1:24 and Joe Franta’s 12-6 decision at 125 to put the home team ahead 12-6.
The Eagles won the next four matches to build a 20-12 lead.
Paul Norgren, ranked third at 125 pounds in Class A, scored a 10-0 major decision over BEA’s 130-pounder Carter Hanson.
Charlie Sieberg followed with a close 6-4 win over Bryce Werner at 135 and Dylan Woitas earned a 14-5 major decision over the Bucs Collin Nienhaus.
Blair Oachs (145) continued Maple River’s winning streak, downing Sinjin Bell 10-6.
The Bucs Dan Eckhardt added four points to his team’s score with an 11-3 major decision to cut Maple River’s lead to 20-16.
The Eagles increased their lead to 27-16 win a major decision at 160 and a decision at 171 pounds.
BEA got a break when the Eagle’s Alex Bach, ranked No. 3 at 189 pounds in Class A, forfeited his match because of an injury. A win by the visitors would have sealed a team victory.
Mat Willner remained undefeated for the season.
The Buc senior pinned his opponent in 5:21 after building a 15-3 lead. Willner improved his record to 22-0 and gave his team a 28-27 lead going into the final match.
BEA heavyweight Jake Lee received a forfeit to make the final score 34-27. Lee upped his record to 21-1.
BEA 34, Maple River 27
103: Jesse Jaeger (MR) pinned Jesse Alleven, 4:54.
112: Jake Wirtjes (BEA) dec. Zack Kuhns, 10-4.119: D.J. Gronewald (BEA) pinned Dylan Dietz, 1:24.
125: Joe Franta (BEA) dec. Will Howieson, 12-6.
130: Paul Norgren (MR) maj. dec. Carter Hanson, 10-0.
135: Charlie Sieberg (MR) dec. Bryce Werner, 6-4.
140: Dylan Woitas (MR) maj. dec. Collin Nienhaus, 14-5.
145: Blair Oachs (MR) dec. Sinjin Bell, 10-6.
152: Dan Eckhardt (BEA) maj. dec. Scott Schoneck, 11-3.
160: Jacob Nienow (MR) maj. dec. Tyler Johnsrud, 21-10.
171: Eli Oatman (MR) dec. Cody Eckhardt, 11-7.
189: Taylor Andrews (BEA) forfeit.
215: Mat Willner (BEA) pinned Paul Guse, 5:21.
285: Jake Lee (BEA) forfeit.
The Bucs once again proved too much for their competition. This time it was at the Estherville Team Duals held Jan. 17.
BEA won all five meets on its way to a team championship and improving its overall season record to 17-1.
Five wrestlers posted 5-0 records on the day and four others were 4-1.
In the opening round, BEA defeated Estherville/L.C. 72-6.
The Bucs then won 46-15 over Linn-Mar, defeated Sioux City Heelan 73-6 and Spirit Lake Park 68-11, before edging Forest City 39-33.
Heavyweight Jake Lee pinned all five of his opponents and 215-pounder Mat Willner had four falls and an 11-2 major decision.
Lee is currently ranked No. 3 in Class A and Willner is ranked sixth in his weight class.
Joe Franta recorded three pins at 125 pounds and 145-pounder Sinjin Bell pinned two opponents.
Dan Eckhardt reached a milestone in his career, picking his 75th win. The Buc 152-pounder had a pin and tech fall among his five victories.
Cody Eckhardt (171) recorded four falls while going 4-1, and Jake Wirtjes (112) and D.J. Gronewald (119) both had three pins on their way to 4-1 records.
At 189 pounds, Taylor Andrews also won four matches and lost once. He had a pin and two major decisions among his victories.
BEA 72, Estherville/L/C. 6
103: Travis Hagedorn (BEA) forfeit.
112: Jake Wirtjes (BEA) forfeit.
119: D.J. Gronewald (BEA) pinned Kyle Tribby, 3:38.
125: Joe Franta (BEA) forfeit.
130: Joel Christensen (ELC) dec. Carter Hanson, 8-4.
135: Bryce Werner (BEA) forfeit.
140: Seth Shatto (ELC) dec, Collin Nienhaus, 9-2.
145: Sinjin Bell (BEA) forfeit.
152: Dan Eckhardt (BEA) forfeit.
160: Tyler Johnsrud (BEA) forfeit.
171: Cody Eckhardt (BEA) pinned Riley Edwards, 4:33.
189: Taylor Andrews (BEA) pinned Zach Wycoff, 2:59.
215: Mat Willner (BEA) pinned Gable Bonner, 3:42.
285: Jake Lee (BEA) pinned Kirk Anderson, :37.
BEA 46, Linn-Mar 15
103: Greg Keating (LM) dec. Hagedorn, 5-3.
112: Wirtjes (BEA) pinned Mitch Gecks, 1:59.
119: Gronewald (BEA) dec. Jeremy Severin, 4-0.
125: Franta (BEA) pinned Dan Radig, 1:41.
130: Hanson (BEA) pinned Derek Turner, 1:34.
135: Werner (BEA) dec. Tanner Regenwither, 3-2.
140: Jon Conner (LM) dec. Nienhaus, 7-1.
145: Bell (BEA) dec. Caleb Vogel, 7-3.
152: D. Eckhardt (BEA) dec. Mitch Wantock, 7-4.
160: Mark Atwater (LM) dec. Johnsrud, 8-5.
171: Jacob Pederson (LM) pinned C. Eckhardt, 2:32.
189: Andrews (BEA) maj. dec. Marshall Thorp, 11-3.
215: Willner (BEA) pinned Michael Green, :56.
285: Lee (BEA) pinned Mac Mahmens, 2:32.
BEA 73, S. City Heelan 6
103: Hagedorn (BEA) pinned Austin Taylor, :58.
112: Wirtjes (BEA) pinned Ethan Taylor, 1:04.
119: David Stubblefield (SCH) pinned Gronewald, 1:45.
125: Franta (BEA) pinned Ryan Miller, 1:56.
130: Jared Resutek (BEA) pinned Carter Brown, :41.
135: Werner (BEA) pinned Zach Johnson, 2:18.
140: Nienshaus (BEA) pinned Joel Ulven, 2:22.
145: Bell (BEA) pinned Connor O’Brien, 1:04.
152: D. Eckhardt (BEA) forfeit.
160: Johnsrud (BEA) dec. Cody Osborn, 5-3.
171: C. Eckhardt (BEA) pinned Alex Pick, 3:52.
189: Andrews (BEA) maj. dec. Alex Florss, 12-3.
215: Willner (BEA) pinned Justin Baker, :58.
285: Lee (BEA) pinned Jacob Taoted, 1:22.
BEA 68, Spirit Lake Park 11
103: Hagedorn (BEA) pinned Sam Bosma, 1:09.
112: Wirtjes (BEA) pinned Drew Brevik, 1:39.
119: Gronewald (BEA) pinned Dylan Bryce, 2:42.
125: Franta (BEA) pinned Casey Jones, 1:28.
130: Hanson (BEA) pinned Cullen Anders, 1:07.
135: Derrick Miner (SL) pinned Werner, 2:48.
140: Nienhaus (BEA) forfeit.
145: Bell (BEA) pinned Brandon Griffin, :40.
152: D. Eckhardt (BEA) tech fall Harrison Hargett, 18-0.
160: Brett Goldtrapp (SL) tech fall Johnsrud, 15-0.
171: C. Eckhardt (BEA) pinned Rick Wilson, 1:53.
189: Andrews (BEA) dec. Max Stammer, 3-1.
215: Willner (BEA) pinned Matt Maya, 1:105.
285: Lee (BEA) pinned Shea Heinrichs, :22.
BEA 39, Forest City 33
103: Alex Sooner (FC) pinned Hagedorn, 1:13.
112: Cole Anderson (FC) dec. Wirtjes, 4-0.
119: Gronewald (BEA) pinned Dan Halvorsen, 3:12.
125: Franta (BEA) dec. Tyler Harmon, 5-3.
130: Hanson (BEA) tech fall Andrew Fraiks, 17-2.
135: Tim Brock (FC) pinned Werner, 4:36.
140: Aaron Sorenson (FC) pinned Nienhaus, 3:54.
145: Bell (BEA) dec. Anthony Helvik, 8-4.
152: D. Eckhardt (BEA) pinned Mitch Tuttle, 1:37.
160: Jamie Brockhohn (FC) pinned Johnsrud, 4:04.
171: C. Eckhardt (BEA) pinned Cole Leitch, 1:26.
189: Coda Sibject (FC) pinned Andrews, 5:57.
215: Willner (BEA) maj. dec. Kory Mitthun, 11-2.
285: Lee (BEA) pinned A. Taylor, 1:13.