Bucs take 2nd in Section
There will be no trip to the State Wrestling Tournament as a team for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers this year.
The Bucs sailed past the United South Central Rebels in the semi-finals of the Section 2, Class A Wrestling Tourney held in New Richland on Saturday, winning 58-15,
But, when it came to the championship match against the Jackson County Central Huskies, the Bucs could not overcome the No. 6 ranked team in the state and lost 44-31.
Individual members of the Buccaneer team will be participating in the Section 1A Individual Wrestling Team which was held in Blue Earth on Friday and Saturday, after the deadline for this week’s Faribault County Register.
Details and photos will be included in the next edition of the Register.
Here is a wrap up of the action at the Section Team Tournament.
BEA 58, USC 15
The United South Central Rebels tallied the first points of the match when USC’s Dom Alger defeated BEA’s Adam Legred at 106 pounds, putting the Rebels up 3-0.
Buc eighth grader Zach Buseman put the Bucs in the lead at 5-3 when he got a 16-0 technical fall over USC eighth grader Jesse Messer at 113 pounds.
Matt Goodrich added three more to the Bucs’ total when he had a 9-0 decision over Mitch Harestad at 120 pounds.
At 126 pounds Camden Bowers recorded a dramatic pin of the Rebels’ Keenan Biddle, BEA’s Alec Huber won 9-2 over Adam Knutson at 132 pounds and Mike Ankeny won 9-2 at 138 pounds over USC’s Matt Harestad.
The Bucs led the Rebels 22-3.
The Rebel’s Dylan Herman, ranked third in state, pinned Buccaneer Jordan Stelter at 145 pounds, pulling USC closer at 22-9.
But, BEA’s Luke Schavey countered right away with a first period pin at 152 pounds, defeating Aaron Nasinec.
The Rebels had moved Nasinec into the 152 pound spot and Derek Herman into the 160 pound weight class to face BEA’s Gus Phillips. Herman is ranked fifth in state at 152 pounds, while Phillips is ranked 10th in state at 160, setting the stage for a classic battle.
However, it was Phillips who notched a first period pin over Herman, putting BEA ahead 34-9.
The Bucs’ David Franta, ranked eighth in state, continued the trend with another first period pin, defeating Ethan Morales at 170 pounds.
Kolt Gorg made it four first period pins in a row when he defeated Cory Ehlert at 182 pounds and BEA led 46-9.
The Rebels’ Colten Carlson, ranked second in state at 182 pounds, pinned the Bucs’ Jacob Johnson, also in the first period, to cut the margin to 46-15.
BEA’s Jared Armon was trailing USC’s Joe Mat- thews 7-2 when Armon took control in the third period of the 220 pound match and pinned Matthews.
A Rebel forfeit at 285 pounds gave Martin Granados a win and made the final score 58-15 in favor of the Buccaneers.
“I thought we looked ready to wrestle,” coach Randy Wirtjes says. “I was a little nervous, but then I was born nervous. But, the team came through and did the job.”
JCC 44, BEA 31
Ten of the 14 contests in the championship match between the Bucs and Huskies resulted in a pin.
JCC had six of them, BEA had only four. And, one of the other matches, at 170 pounds, resulted in the two opponents scoring a combined 34 points.
“I guess I was hoping for a better showing, but Jackson is a very solid team,” coach Wirtjes said after the match. “I felt we had a good chance against them, but we could not get going early enough.”
The Bucs dug themselves a pretty deep hole from the start, falling behind 21-0 before they scored any points.
Adam Legred lost 6-0 at 106 pounds to Jacob Tvinnereim. Then Cole Klinkner was pinned by Dalton Wagner at 113 pounds, Zach Buseman by Wyatt Cleberg at 120 and Camden Bowers lost by a fall at 126 pounds to No. 3 state ranked Jordan Biehn.
Alec Huber finally got the Bucs on the board when he scored a fall over Dakota Rossow at 132 pounds. He was leading by just a 4-3 score at the time of the fall.
Jordan Stelter scored another pin for the maroon and gold at 138 pounds over Triston Peterson and Mike Ankeny added six more Buccaneer points when he pinned Alec Fisher at 145 pounds.
Suddenly, BEA had fought back to trail by just three points, 21-18.
But, Luke Schavey was facing the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the state at 152 pounds, Paden Moore. Schavey was trailing 10-2 when he was pinned in the third period.
BEA’s Gus Phillips is ranked 10th in state at 160 pounds, but he was going up against JCC’s Luke Noland who is ranked No. 3.
Phillips was behind 11-6 in the second period when he was pinned by Noland. Phillips almost had pinned Noland in the first period.
The team score stood at 33-18 in favor of JCC.
At 170 pounds, the Bucs’ David Franta, ranked eighth in state, was taking on the Huskies’ Christopher Baker. After a long match that featured numerous takedowns and escapes, Franta came away with a 21-13 victory.
The 182 pound match also had a lot of points scored, but BEA’s Kolt Gorg lost to Keegan Moore, ranked No. 1 in state, by a score of 22-7.
BEA’s Jacob Johnson won his 195 pound match against Jack Ziemer, 8-3.
At 220 pounds, the Bucs’ Jared Armon was pinned by Justin Tiirevold.
BEA’s Martin Granados, ranked No. 4 in state at 285 pounds, ended the match with another six points for the Bucs by pinning Nataniel Horn.