BEA wrestlers take down USC
Blue Earth Area Buccaneers are moving on.
The wrestlers traveled to Wells to take on their cross county rivals in the opening round of the Section 2A tournament.
The No. 2 seeded Bucs easily notched a win against the No. 7 seeded Rebels with a final score of 62-6.
The Bucs advanced to take on New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva on Saturday and results will be featured in the next issue of the Faribault County Register.
The Bucs won two matches by pins and took six wins. There were also forfeits for five of the weight classes.
Dalton Nagel started things off with a 9-3 win over USCs Gavin Sonnek at 106 pounds.
Adam Legred went face to face with Collin Brandt at 113 pounds and tallied another Buc win with 18-1.
Cole Klinkner and Jesse Meyer seemed to keep things even during their first match. They tied 6-6 and in their second match the win went to BEA with a 2-0 win.
Camden Bowers and Hunter Johnson wrestled at the 126 pound class but Bowers took another BEA?win at 10-6.
Rylee McGuire took the first pin of the night tallying six points for the Bucs.
McGuire faced Jacob Billings at 138 pounds and pinned him in 30 seconds.
Mike Ankeny took a win against USC’s Adam Knutson at 4-0.
Jesus Quintero and Casey Dobbe matched up at 170 pounds and Quintero earned a 5-2 win, bumping the Bucs’ running score to 38-6.
Jared Armon got the second pin of the night for the maroon and gold. He pinned his opponent, Ethan Morales, in 59 seconds at 220 pounds.
Five Buc wrestlers won by forfeits including Zach Buseman at 132 pounds, Roger Ziegler at 160 pounds, Jacob Johnson at 182 pounds, Trevor Oppedal at 195 pounds and Martin Granados at 285 pounds.
The Rebels walked away with just six points. Derek Herman earned those points by way of a pin. He and BEA’s Jordan Stelter faced off at 152 pounds and Herman took the pin in 1:14.
The Buccaneers advanced to the next round of the tournament on Saturday at USC High School in Wells,.
Jackson County Central and Medford High School also faced off on Saturday.
The winner of the BEA and NRHEG contest will advance to face the winner of JCC?and Medford.
The remainder of the tournament took place after the Register deadline and results will be featured in the next issue.
After losing to the Worthington Trojans in the semifinal round of the inaugural Big South Conference dual-meet competition, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers bounced back and defeated the Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls and claimed the third place trophy.
The meet was held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Jackson County Central High School in Jackson.
The host JCC Huskies claimed first place at the BSC tournament.
The injury plagued Bucs are now headed into the Section Tournament sporting a 21-7 season record.
“Hopefully we will get Jordan Stelter back in action off the injury list,” Coach Randy Wirtjes says. “But I know we won’t have Luke Schavey or Kolt Gorg. And now we have Tannor Wolf having surgery this (past) week, so we have lost him as well.” Most of the injuries are football related, the coach says. Some of the other wrestlers are also banged up, including Jesus Quintero at 170 pounds, who has a knee injury but still wrestled in Jackson.
BEA’s battle for bronze with F/MCW was a back and forth, close match until the very end.
The Red Bulls notched the first points when Jordan Wolter won a 9-6 decision over BEA’s Dalton Nagel at 106 poinds.
But then BEA’s Adam Legred defeated Payton Anderson 9-7 at 113, Cole Klinkner won 11-4 over Zach Ringnell at 120 and Camden Bowers pulled out a close 2-1 win at 126 over Chris Ettesvold.
BEA held the lead at 9-3.
The Bucs’ Zach Buseman lost the 132 pound match by the narrowest of margins possible. The match was tied after regulation and was still tied after overtime, but Collin Steuber was awarded the win based on a tie-breaker.
The Bucs lead was cut to 9-6. And, when the Red Bulls’ Mario Maldonado defeated the Bucs’ Rylee McGuire at 138, the match was tied at 9-9.
The Bucs had to forfeit to Elijah Gronewald at 145 pounds, but then BEA’s Mike Ankeny won by forfeit at 152 which meant the match was again tied at 15-15.
BEA’s Roger Ziegler was pinned by Tanner Lange at 160 and F/MCW gained the lead at 21-15.
The Bucs countered with a 13-9 win by the injured Jesus Quintero at 170 over Phillip Bowie to cut the Red Bull lead to 21-18.
And, BEA regained the lead, 24-21, when Jacob Johnson pinned Riley Seufort in 24 seconds at 182 pounds.
The Bucs’ Jared Armon pinned his opponent at 195 pounds, Aaron Anderson, to expand the lead to 30-21.
However, BEA gave up six points with a forfeit at 220 pounds to Luis Figueroa, and the score was close at 30-27 with one match to go.
The Bucs’ 285 pounder, Martin Granados Jr., gave BEA six more points when he pinned Adrian Moscoffian in 1:32.
Worthington 41, BEA 21
The Bucs fell behind early to the Trojans in the semi-final match in Jackson at the BSC Conference match.
BEA’s Dalton Nagel lost 12-6 at 106 pounds to Jacob Pronty, Adam Legred fell 10-2 at 113 to Hser Eh Pwae and Cole Klinkner lost 11-3 to Hser Moo Pwae.
The Bucs trailed 11-0.
Camden Bowers got BEA back on track and on the scoreboard with a major decision, 11-3, over Ethan Pavelko at 126 pounds.
Worthington answered at 132 pounds when Eh Kyoo pinned Rylee McGuire. The score stood at 17-4.
At 138 pounds, BEA’s Zach Buseman pulled out a long drawn out win over Jeffrey Camacho, 6-5, in three overtimes. And Mike Ankeny pinned Mason Byrne in 46 seconds at 145 to cut the Bucs deficit to 17-13.
BEA had to forfeit at 152 pounds and at 170, and Roger Ziegler lost by a fall at 160 to Brandon Kempana.
That made the score 35-13 in favor of the Trojans.
Jacob Johnson won 4-1 at 182 over Joe Pavelino to give BEA three more points, but Trevor Oppedal was pinned by Carson Hagen at 195.
BEA was trailing 41-16 when Jaren Armon pulled out a close 87 win at 220 pounds over Nick Putnam and Martin Granados won 7-3 at 285 over Trevor Wietzma to give the Bucs six more points, making the final 41-21.