Saints win battle of unbeatens
St. James prevailed in a battle of two unbeaten wrestling teams Friday night in Blue Earth.
The Saints and Blue Earth Area Bucs entered the matchup both 3-0 in the South Central Conference.
However, St. James won the first five matches to build a big lead and win 42-21.
“The team has wrestled better. It definitely wasn’t one of our high points of the season,” says head coach Randy Wirtjes.
“Every team goes through up and downs. We just have to pick up the pieces and put it back together,” he adds.
With three pins and two decisions, the Saints held a 24-0 lead.
Jesse Alleven returned to the lineup after being out with a knee injury for more than a month.
The Buc junior put four points on the scoreboard for his team with a 13-5 major decision over Kody Curry at 138 pounds.
St. James got a pin at 145, but David Franta (152) and No. 4-ranked Carter Hanson (160) won back-to-back major decisions to make the score 30-12.
That was the closest the Bucs would get.
Sophomore Kysten Zierke earned an 8-4 win at 195 and No. 3-ranked 220-pound Josh Johnson pinned his opponent in 5:05 to close out the scoring for BEA.
Of the 14 matches, the Saints won nine.
“There were some toss-up matches we thought we could win, unfortunately we lost them,” says Wirtjes.
“You have to put yourself in position to win those close matches,” he adds.
The Bucs’ overall season record is now 18-8.
St. James 42, BEA 21
106: Cody Hanson (SJ) pinned Ryan Gronewald, :47. Hanson is ranked No. 4 in Class AA.
113: Ruben Bermudez (SJ) dec. Alec Huber, 8-5.
120: Richy Soto (SJ) dec. Isaac Vasquez, 5-1.
126: Isaac Carreon (SJ) pinned Mike Ankeny, 5:16.
132: Taylor Berg (SJ) pinned Luke Schavey, :33.
138: Jesse Alleven (BEA) maj. dec. Kody Curry, 13-5.
145: Giavanni Alvarado (SJ) pinned Jacob Johnson, 1:01; Alvarado is rated No. 7 in Class A.
152: David Franta (BEA) maj. dec. Zack Gleiter, 16-7.
160; Carter Hanson (BEA) maj. dec. Ryan Westman, 17-5; Hanson is rated No. 4 in Class A.
170: Julio Ninno (SJ) dec. Chris Ramos, 10-3.
182: Esteban Zalaya (SJ) wins by forfeit.
195: Kysten Zierke (BEA) dec. Devin Wolle, 8-4.
220: Josh Johnson (BEA) pinned Adrian Torres, 5:05; Johnson is ranked No. 3 in Class A.
285: Victor Torres (SJ) dec. Martin Granados, 6-4.