Bucs pin loss on Eagles
There were plenty of smiles, slaps on the back and congratulations on a job well done.
Blue Earth Area’s eighth-grader Martin Granados was the center of attention.
The Buc heavyweight had just finished pinning Maple River’s sophomore Tevor Legelid in 5:55 to give his team a 34-27 victory on Friday, Dec. 10, in Blue Earth.
“Awesome,” was all head coach Randy Wirtjes could say.
Going into the final match of the meet, BEA clung to a one-point 28-27 lead.
“The guy was bigger than me, so I was kind of worried. I knew the outcome was all up to me,” says Granados.
Never trailing in the match, Granados led 5-0 after the first period and 5-1 at the end of two.
In the third period, Granados earned an escape and was awarded two penalty points to build an 8-1 lead.
A takedown and two back points with 55 seconds left in the match made the score 12-1.
“When he got tired I just kept going. Being quicker than he was, I saw I could snap him down to try for a half nelson,” he says.
Granados recorded a fall with just five seconds left in the match.
On paper, the dual meet figured to be a toss-up.
The Bucs finished less than 10 points ahead of the Eagles in the Dick Maher Invitational to claim fifth place.
“We needed every win and bonus points we could get. If I gave a game ball away, it would be to the whole team,” says Wirtjes. “I could go up and down the lineup … a lot of kids wrestled hard and stepped up.”
The Eagles held a 15-6 lead after the first four matches.
Senior Jake Wirtjes was bumped up to 135 to face the Eagles’ Mitch Stoltzman.
The Class A No. 5-ranked 130-pounder needed two minutes, 33 seconds for a pin to put six points on the scoreboard for his team.
David Franta followed with a 14-7 decision to tie the score at 15-15.
But, Maple River regained the lead with a pin to make the team score 21-15.
The Bucs took the lead at 25-21 with No. 7-ranked Joe Franta getting a 19-10 major decision over Seth Barkosky at 152 and No. 7-ranked Carter Hanson pinning Aaron Wittrock in 3:21 at 160 pounds.
A key win for BEA? came at 171 pounds when Chris Ramos earned a last second 3-2 decision over Nick Kruger.
The first points of the match were Kruger’s reversal with 41 seconds left in the second period for a 2-0 lead.
From the down position Ramos was unable to generate any offense in the final period, but was awarded a penalty point to trail 2-1.
With four seconds left in the match, Ramos received another penalty to knot the score at 2-2.
The Buc sophomore scored the winning point on an escape with one second on the clock.
BEA 34, Maple River 27
103: Russell Caldwell (MR) dec. Alec Huber, 10-3.
112: Jesse Alleven (BEA)?forfeit.
119: Zack Kuhns (MR) dec. Travis Hagedorn, 6-4; Kuhns is ranked No. 6.
125: Jesse Jaeger (MR) pinned Mike Ankeny, 1:20; Jaeger is ranked No.8.
130: Aaron Trio (MR) dec. Isaac Vasquez, 7-5.
135: Jake Wirtjes (BEA) pinned Mitch Stoltzman, 2:33.
140: David Franta (BEA) dec. Bryce Woitas, 14-7.
145: Tyler Olson (MR) pinned Dylan Johnsrud, 1:03.
152: Joe Franta (BEA) maj. dec. Seth Barkosky, 19-10.
160: Carter Hanson (BEA) pinned Aaron Wittrock, 3:21.
171: Chris Ramos (BEA) dec. Nick Kruger, 3-2.
189: Scott Schoneck (MR) dec. Devon Jahnke, 3-1.
215: Paul Sonnek (MR) dec. Kysten Zierke, 8-6.
285: Martin Granados (BEA) pinned Tevor Legelid, 5:55.