Buc wrestlers place at Redwood River Riot
It was a riot. A wrestling riot.
Both the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers and the United South Central Rebels participated in the 33-team Redwood River Riot in Redwood Falls on Dec. 19 and 20.
The Bucs ended up in ninth place, placing five wrestlers in the top six places for points and another one in eighth place.
The Rebels were in 20th place with one champion and one wrestler in fifth place.
The Bucs did not end up with any wrestler in first place, but had one second place finish, one fourth, one fifth and two in sixth place.
Martin Granados Jr. placed the highest for BEA, claiming a second place medal.
Granados had a bye in the first round, then won by a fall in 3:09 in the second round over Adrian Mosciofian from Fairmont/Martin County West.
In the quarterfinals at 285 pounds the Buccaneer defeated Colton Kinney of Kerkoven-Murdock-Sunburg by a 7-1 score.
But, in the championship match, Granados lost 7-2 to Alex Burns of Tri-City United.
At 120 pounds, Cole Klinkner took fourth for BEA.
Klinkner won a 9-1 major over Anthony Gamez of Le Sueur-Henderson to start the tourney, then lost a close 6-5 match to Ben Bogart of Alexandria.
In the wrestle-backs, Klinkner first pinned Jose Nelson-Cuellar of St. James in 2:29, then won an 8-2 decision over Tori Rupp of Quad County and an 11-4 win over Nathan Moore of Maple River.
Next he pinned Connor Bertram of Redwood Valley in 2:49 and then major decisioned Charlie DesMarais of Buffalo, 9-1.
In the match for third place, the Buccaneer was pinned by Christian Kanten of United in 2:34.
Jacob Johnson earned the fifth place finish for BEA at 182 pounds.
Johnson pinned Major Brock of St. Peter in 2:11, then won by an 8-3 decision over Joel Robertson of St. Paul Johnson. However, he lost his next match 8-2 to Jake Wentzlaff of Sibley East.
In the wrestle-backs, Johnson won a 6-3 decision over Kyler Jelen of Canby and a 10-7 decision over Wyatt Ireland of United before being pinned in 4:59 by Seth Klein of Ricori.
Johnson then won a hard-fought 3-1 decision over Keth Maxon of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva in the battle for the fifth place trophy.
At 132 pounds, Buccaneer Zach Buseman won his first match with a pin and his second match with a 9-1 major decision. But, then he lost a heart-breaking 6-5 match and dropped down to the wrestle-backs.
There he won his first match 4-0 and his second one 7-5, but lost the third one 8-1 to Ben Blanchette of F/MCC.
In the match for fifth place he lost by a default and ended in sixth place for BEA.
Jared Armon also took sixth for the maroon and gold at 220 pounds.
He won his first match with a pin and his second one with a 5-2 decision before losing his third by a fall.
In the wrestle-backs Armon pinned his first opponent then won a close 10-9 victory in the next match.
After losing the next match 3-1, he dropped into the bout for fifth place and lost 8-3 to Clayton Colling of LS-H.
At 126 pounds the Bucs Camden Bowers won his first match but lost his second one.
Then he went on to win his next three, but lost the fourth one. That put him into eighth place.
For the Rebels, Derek Herman claimed the Redwood River Riot championship at 160 pounds. And he did it in impressive fashion.
Herman pinned his first opponent, Tate Meyer of F/MCC, in 1:02, then pinned his second opponent in 1:57 and his third one in 1:35. In the championship match he major decisioned Josh Altermatt of Wabasso-Red Rock Central, 11-3.
The Rebels also got a fifth place finish from Adam Knutson at 138 pounds.
Knutson won by an 18-3 technical fall in his first match, then pinned Dustin Schmidt of Maple River in 3:42.
Knutson then lost a 6-3 decision to Nick Meyer of KMS.
In the wrestle-backs, he pinned his first opponent and won by a 3-1 decision over the second. Then he lost a 7-5 match and dropped to the battle for fifth place.
He won that contest by default over Theo Gee of Maple Grove.