Bucs take 5th at Maher Invite
The Brainerd Warriors had too much balance and repeated as champions of the Dick Maher Invitational held Saturday, Dec. 4, in Blue Earth.
Brainerd finished with 170 points to take first among the 11-team field.
The Class A No. 11-ranked Bucs placed fifth overall with 132,5 points.
Head coach Randy Wirtjes says the team wrestled hard and he’s pleased with their performance.
“We have some young kids who are willing to work hard and want to compete,” he says. “We’ll try to get better each week and see what happens. We’ll try to be peaking by tournament time.”
BEA had two champions and a third-place finisher.
Senior Jake Wirtjes, ranked No. 4, captured the 130-pound title, while fellow senior Joe Franta, ranked No. 9, took first at 152.
Wirtjes pinned Jackson County Central’s Dylan Riggle in 5:01 in their championship match.
Franta had a tougher time, defeating Martin County West’s No. 4-ranked Bryan Andrews 9-7.
No. 6-ranked Carter Hanson took third place at 160 pounds with an 11-2 major decision over Royce Byrnes of Lake Mills-Northwood-Kensett.
Hanson lost earlier in the semi-finals, a 9-1 major decision to No. 3-ranked Alex Cooling of Madelia-Truman.
The Bucs 112-pounder Jesse Alleven and 189-pounder Devon Jahnke took fourth place.
Alleven dropped a 5-3 decision to United South Central’s Jake Gonzalez in their third-place match, while Turner Hagen of Worthington scored a 6-3 win over Jahnke.
Placing fifth for BEA at 140 pounds was David Franta, when he defeated Maple River’s Tyler Olson 2-0.
USC had three champions.
Dylan Herman won the 119-pound title with a 105 decision over Noah Irons of Lake Mills-Northwood-Kensett.
Dustin Dylla had little trouble in his championship match, winning a 10-1 major decision over Luke Norland of Jackson County Central.
At 189, Brady Thisius earned a 9-3 win over JCC’s Alex Tewes.
The Rebels Colten Carlson edged Levi Ringnell of MCW 8-7 to place third.
Also taking third for USC was heavyweight Tony Willette, with a fall in 5:30 over Steven Moe of WEM-JWP.
Brainerd 170; Waterville-Elysian-Morristown-Janesville-Waldorf-Pember-ton 157; United South Central 141; Jackson County Central 133; Blue Earth Area 132.5; Maple River 122; Lake Mills 122; Madelia-Truman 116; Worthington 111; Mankato East 82.5; Martin County West 54.5.
Other BEA wrestlers:
103: Alec Huber dec. Jake Zelinske (Brainerd), 14-7; Anthony Luft (WOR) pinned Huber, 4:19; Huber maj. dec. Matt Harpestad (JCC), 14-0; Russell Caldwell (MR) tech. fall Huber 21-6, 5:26.
119: Dan Babineau (Brainerd) dec Travis Hagedorn, 4-2, OT; Hagedorn maj. dec. Tyson Ranslow (WEM-JWP), 12-4; Bryon Forstner (M-T) dec. Hagedorn, 7-4; Zack Kuhns (M-R) dec. Hagedorn, 11-6 for 5th place.
125: Mike Ankeny maj. dec. Dillon Solid (Brainerd), 10-1; Keegan Moore (JCC) pinned Ankeny, 2:44; Ankeny dec. Isaac Pfeffer (M-T), 5-0; Ben Johnson (USC) dec. Ankeny, 7-3.
135: Andy Dahle (LM) pinned Isaac Vasquez, 5:59; Jon Whitney (M-T), pinned Vasquez, 1:07.
140: David Franta pinned Jake Clark (WOR), 1:37; Franta dec. Tyler Olson (MR), 8-6; Dustin Dylla (USC)?pinned Franta, 3:06; Shane White (Brainerd) dec. Franta, 7-0; Franta dec. Tyler Olson (MR), 2-0 for 5th place.
145: Adam Cooling (M-T) pinned Dylan Johnsrud, 2:41; Blake Huntington (LM) pinned Johnsrud, 3:38.
171: Chris Ramos pinned Peter Trandom (ME), 4:35; Blake Boran (WEM-JWP) pinned Ramos, 4:52; Ramos dec. Nick Kruger ((MR), 4-2; Colten Carlson (USC) maj. dec. Ramos, 16-3.
215: Casey Biever (Brainerd) pinned Micah Twedt, 4:53;; Dustin Vogel (WEM-JWP) pinned Twedt, 3:43.
275: Steven Moe (WEM-JWP) dec. Martin Granados, 7-3; Granados dec. James White ((Brainerd), 4-1; Tony Willette (USC) pinned Granados, :56; Kyle Edwards (JCC) pinned Granados, 5:59 for 5th place.