Grapplers improve to 8-0
The Blue Earth Area wrestling team picked up two more wins and heads into the Christmas break undefeated.
The Bucs improved their season record to 8-0 Tuesday night by downing Le Sueur-Henderson 40-23 and New Prague 59-18.
Eight wrestlers won both their matches.
Senior Daniel Eckhardt led the way with two pins at 171 pounds.
Seniors DJ Gronewald (130) and Taylor Andrews (215) each had a pin.
The Bucs 130-pounder also recorded a major decision and Andrews added decision.
Junior Jake Wirtjes collected a pin and a decision at 119 pounds, as did freshman Carter Hanson at 152 and 160.
Junior Joe Franta had a tech fall and decision in his matches at 140.
The Bucs will now be on a long break.
They’re not back on the mat until Friday, Jan. 8, when they travel to St. Peter for a conference tilt.
The next day they’ll host Medford, currently ranked No. 5 in the latest Class A poll.
The Tigers are considered one of the favorites in the Section team competition the Bucs will compete in.
BEA 40, Le Sueur-Henderson 23
103: Travis Hagedorn (BEA), forfeit.
112: Jesse Alleven (BEA), forfeit.
119: Jake Wirtjes (BEA) dec. Chris Pfarr, 15-8.
125: Cody Wiese (LSH) maj, dec. David Franta, 16-4.
130: DJ Gronewald (BEA) maj. dec. Mark O’Connell, 14-2.
135: Jacob Burt (LSH) pinned Mitch Heronimus, 3:01.
140: Joe Franta (BEA) dec. Brett Schwartz, 9-5.
145: Brett Pfarr (LSH) maj. dec. Matt Dulas, 16-3.
152: Carter Hanson (BEA) pinned Sam Lindgren, 3:11.
160: Josh Tresler (LSH) pinned Abi Vasquez, 5:37.
171: Daniel Eckhardt (BEA) pinned Seth Hines-Marqette, 2:42.
189: Josh Willaert (LSH) dec. Cody Eckhardt, 11-5.
215: Taylor Andrews (BEA) dec. Austin Holland, 1-0.
275: Josh Johnson (BEA) dec. Aaron Bruhler, 5-4.
BEA 59, New Prague 18
103: Travis Hagedorn (BEA) dec. Trevor Westerlund, 3-0.
112: James Burg (NP) pinned Jesse Alleven, 1:13.
119: Jake Wirtjes (BEA) pinned Richard Rynerts, 1:40.
125: David Franta (BEA) pinned Foster Gahl, 1:56.
130: DJ Gronewald (BEA) pinned Morgan Perriott, 5:42.
135: Josh Stocker (NP) pinned Mitch Heronimus, 1:20.
140: Joe Franta (BEA) tech. fall Zane Bucher, 19-4.
145: Matt Dulas (BEA) pinned Nathan Vinant, 1:29.
152: Alex Mueller (NP) pinned Abi Vasquez, :43.
160: Carter Hanson (BEA) dec. Luke Ritter, 7-4.
171: Daniel Eckhardt (BEA) pinned Logan Giles, 1:25.
189: Cody Eckhardt (BEA) pinned Joe Hammes, 5:36.
215: Taylor Andrews (BEA) pinned Jesse Tuma, 1:10.
275: Josh Johnson (BEA), forfeit.