It took just one hour for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers to dispose of the St. Clair/Mankato Loyola Cyclones last Thursday night on the Bucs’ home mat.
The Buccaneers had a blow out over the Cyclones, winning 62-9 in the opening round of the Section 2A Wrestling Tournament.
BEA now advanced to the Section semi-finals which were set for Saturday, Feb. 15, after the deadline for this week’s Faribault County Register. Details will be in the next week’s edition.
Against the Cyclones, the Bucs took the advantage of six wins by forfeit and added it to two pins, one technical fall and three other wins to notch the victory.
“We kept up some good intensity,” Buc coach Randy Wirtjes says. “We knew they had some quality wrestlers in the middle weights so we had to stay focused.”
BEA jumped out to a big 35-0 lead to start off the match.
Adam Legred got things going with a pin of Cyclone Dylan Rasmussen at 106 pounds just 1:13 into the match.
Zach Buseman followed that up with a huge 17-2 technical fall over Gage Baker at 113 pounds.
At 120 pounds, the Bucs Matt Goodrich pinned David Loeffler in 1:19.
BEA’s Camden Bowers, with a record of 21-15, won a hard fought 7-3 victory over St.Clair/Loyola’s Jordan Goebel, 20-11, at 126 pounds.
Likewise Alec Huber (29-6) had his hands full with Bryce Flowers (20-14) at 132 pounds, but the Buccaneer prevailed, 8-6.
The Cyclones forfeited at the 138 weight class to the Bucs’ Mike Ankeny and at 145 pounds to Jordan Stelter.
The score stood at 35-0.
Luke Schavey was pinned at 152 pounds by Cyclone senior Chance Oftedahl, who sports a 28-4 record. And at 160 pounds, BEA’s Gus Phillips (32-3) lost 7-2 to Gage Thom (27-5)
The score now was 35-9.
But the Cyclones had to forfeit to the Bucs’ David Franta at 170 pounds, to Kolt Gorg at 182 pounds and to Jacob Johnson at 195 pounds.
Jared Armon took a win at 220 pounds for the Bucs, defeating Tanner Hauser 5-0.
At the 285 pound weight class, BEA’s Martin Granados won by forfeit.
Final score, 62-9.
“It was a good win; looked good and felt good,” Wirtjes says. “That is important at this stage of the season.”
The Buc mentor didn’t know yet whether BEA would be facing No. 3 seed Maple River or No. 6 seed United South Central in their next match up on Saturday at 2 p.m. in New Richland.
“They are both quality teams,” he says. “I don’t know which one I would rather face.”
USC sports a 13-9 record while Maple River is 14-3. But it was the No. 6 seed Rebels who downed the No. 3 seed Eagles, 34-28, in Mapleton Thursday night.
The Bucs are 22-5 and are seeded No. 2 in the Section. At No. 1 is Jackson County Central.
The Section Championship match is also on Saturday, at 4 p.m. in New Richland.