All Big South Conference
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer wrestling team had an excellent season in the Big South Conference and ended up taking second place overall in the BSC.
That success translated into having seven Buccaneer wrestlers, half of the starting lineup, being selected to the BSC Wrestling All-Conference Team. The seven are; Caden Ochsendorf, Joe Schavey, Dalton Nagel, Cole Klinkner, Zach Buseman, Jesus Quintero and Jared Armon.
Here is a look at the seven Buccaneer All-BSC wrestlers:
Ochsendorf, just an eighth grader, had a 24-9 season record and ended up fourth in the Section. He had 24 takedowns, 11 near falls, 15 pins and 122 team points.
“Caden got on varsity after the start of the season,” says Buccaneer head coach Randy Wirtjes. “He was a real spark plug to get our team going very seasoned wrestler for an eighth-grader.”
Schavey, a sophomore, had a 24-18 record and placed third in the Section. He had 57 takedowns, 30 near falls, eight pins and 91 team points.
“Joe’s record is deceiving, as he wrestled a lot of ranked wrestlers this year,” coach Wirtjes says. “He improved a lot and was also a great starter for us in the lower weights, along with Caden.”
Nagel is also a sophomore. He had a 27-13 record and also placed third in the Section. He had 58 take downs, 29 near falls, 14 pins and 129 team points.
“Dalton has been close to qualifying for State the last two years. I look for him to make a big step next year,” Wirtjes says. “He is a hard worker and very determined.”
Klinkner, a junior, had a 31-10 record, was the Section champion and a state qualifier, and had a 2-2 record at State. He had 49 take downs, 22 near falls, 15 pins and 148 team points.
“Cole had a great season and competed very well at State,” the Buc mentor says. “He is a very talented wrestler with good mat sense. He will be a senior next year and I think will make a great leader next year.”
Buseman is a sophomore who sported a 32-10 record this season and took second in the Section and was a State qualifier. He had 39 take downs, 13 near falls, nine pins and 120 team points.
“This was Zach’s third time qualifying for State,” coach Wirtjes says. “He had a great season. Zach always seems to come through when the pressure is on, and that is a good trait.”
Quintero, a BEA junior, had a 25-16 record and placed third at the Section. He had 50 take downs, 15 near falls, 15 pins and 126 team points.
“Jesus is a very intense wrestler,” coach Wirtjes says. “He made a big step this year and if he can do that again next year, he will be in the mix of things when Section time comes around. Looking for him to be a leader next year.”
Armon, another junior, had the Bucs’ best record at 33-10. He was second in the Section and a State qualifier. Armon had 33 take downs, 12 near falls, 11 pins and 150 team points.
“Jared led the team with 33 wins and was team captain,” the Buc coach says. “He was a team player all the way, as he wrestled at whatever weight we wanted him to be at. Jared competed with a bad shoulder all year but made no excuses about it. He won a match at State and we are looking for big things from him next year.”