Bucs notch a one-point win over Panthers
“We’ll take it,” Blue Earth Area wrestling coach Randy Wirtjes says. “This is a really big win for us.”
It was big for several reasons.
First, the maroon and gold pulled out a thrilling one point, 36-35 victory over the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers.
Second, the Panthers had placed second in the recent Redwood River Riot 33-team tournament where the Bucs had ended in ninth place.
And third, the Buccaneers pulled out this win without two of their better wrestlers. Luke Schavey was still nursing an injury and Jacob Johnson was at a family event.
The win over the Panthers on Friday, Jan. 2, propelled the Bucs to a 10-1 season record.
The Buccaneer matmen relied on a strong showing from their middle-weight wrestlers and a Panther forfeit at 285 pounds, to pull out the thrilling win.
The Bucs started the match with a pin from 106-pounder Dalton Nagel over Brett Kubiatowicz that put them up 6-0.
But, NRHEG won the next three matches and took a 10-6 lead. Adam Legred lost 7-6 to Cole Lenort at 113 pounds, Cole Klinkner 14-3 to Dillon Kubiatowicz at 120 and Camden Bowers 6-2 to Cordell Peterson at 126.
BEA won the next four matches by falls.
Zach Buseman got things going for the Bucs with a pin over Cole Staloch at 132 pounds, followed by Jordan Stelter at 138 pounds over Alex Merrit, Michael Ankeny with a 44 second pin of Dalmer Peterson at 145, and Tannor Wolf with a pin of Jet Wayne at 152.
That put BEA ahead 30-10.
However, the Panthers showed some strength and staged a huge comeback.
BEA’s Roger Ziegler was pinned at 160 pounds by Trey Hoppe, the Bucs forfeited at 170 pounds, Jesus Quintero lost 3-0 to Keith Maxon at 182, Lane Anderson was pinned at 195 by Matt Jenson and Jared Armon lost 9-0 at 220 to Todd Erickson.
That put the Panthers ahead by five, 35-30, with one match to go.
BEA’s 285-pounder, Martin Granados Jr., won by default, earned six points for the team, and the Buccaneers won the match by one, 36-35.
The Bucs next match was at Fairmont this past Friday, after the deadline for this week’s edition of the Faribault County Register. Details will be in the next week.
This week the Bucs travel to Waseca on Thursday for a match against the Bluejays.