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Wrestlers drop the Saints

By Staff | Jan 22, 2017

It was a big win for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer wrestling team last Thursday night at home.

An important Big South Conference 43-15 victory over the St. Peter Saints.

Now, if the Bucs can defeat the St. James Saints this Friday, Jan. 27, BEA will have sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division of the BSC.

“This was a big win for us tonight,” Buc head coach Randy Wirtjes said after the St. Peter win. “This is a quality team, they have some very good wrestlers. And now we can clinch the Eastern Division with a win at St. James.”

The Bucs never trailed against the Saints on Thursday night. They got a very important 12-0 start from their first three wrestlers, and Coach Wirtjes called that a big key to the win.

Davis Sunken started things off with a close 6-4 win over Kole Guth at 106 pounds. It was the second time Sunken has defeated Guth and it was by two points each time. Max Ehrich pinned Cade Horner at 113 pounds, and Caden Ochsendorf took a 6-2 decision over Michael Connor at 120.

After Koby Nagel lost a very close 8-7 battle to Xavier Schugel at 126 pounds, Jaxen Klinkner lost a 13-1 major decision to Wyatt Gillette at 132 and Dalton Nagel lost a hard-fought 13-7 138-pound match to Matthew Pettis, the score had tightened up to 12-10 in favor of BEA.

Cole Klinkner won a thrilling 7-5 victory in overtime against Wareke Gillette at 145 pounds to put the Bucs up 15-10.

Then it was Zach Buseman pinning his opponent, Hayden Kurth at 152 pounds, after leading 19-6, putting BEA up 21-10.

At 160 pounds, BEA’s Akeira Morrow, in for an injured Roger Ziegler, was pinned by St. Peter’s Manny Gomez and the score was at 21-16.

At 170 pounds, Wyatt Tungland won a 7-1 decision over Sage Loredo-Hollon, making the score 24-16 but only for a few seconds. The Saints lost a team point for an unsportsmanlike call from the referee.

That made the score 24-15, and it was all Buccaneers the rest of the way.

Jesus Quintero took a 7-2 win against Eli Hunt at 182 pounds, Jared Armon pinned Peter Hilligoss at 195, Jordan Huse won a 11-2 major decision over Jacob Pehrson at 220 and Trevor Oppedal won by forfeit at 285. Final score, 43-15 in favor of the Buccaneers.

“We did a real good job of winning the closer matches and staying off our backs in the ones we lost,” Wirtjes said. “We got some solid matches from a lot of the guys, despite being a bit banged up at this point in the season.”

This past weekend the Bucs were headed to Sibley for a quadrangular not on the original schedule.

“We will be wrestling Redwood, then Minneapolis North and end up with Sibley,” Wirtjes said. “Sibley will be a good test for us, as they will probably be headed to State this year.”

BSC Tournament

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer wrestling team used one first-place finish, two second-place, three thirds, one fourth-, one fifth- and three sixth-place finishes to end up in second place as a team at the Big South Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The Bucs ended up with 157 points for their second place finish out of the 13 teams competing.

Taking first place, with 171 points, was Pipestone Area. In third, behind the Bucs, was Fairmont-Martin County West with 133.5 points.

The Bucs were paced by Zach Buseman who grabbed a conference championship at 152 pounds.

The Buc junior, who sports a 21-3 record, defeated St. Peter’s Sage Loredo-Hollon (16-6) by a score of 3-1 in the championship match.

BEA eighth-grader Max Ehrich (14-8) took second place at 113 pounds, losing the championship match 9-3 to Hsa La Eh of Marshall (19-3).

Jared Armon, a senior, was the other Buccaneer to earn second place.

In the championship match at 195 pounds, Armon (5-2) lost by a fall to Brandon Kempema (19-2) of Worthington.

At 170 pounds, Wyatt Tungland, a junior, (18-4) won his third-place match over Eli Hunt (17-6) of St. Peter with a 13-0 major decision.

Senior Jesus Quintero (13-6) claimed third place at 182 pounds with a pin of Avery Emmans (7-9) of Waseca in 2:52.

The third Buc to get the third-place medal was Trevor Oppedal at 285 pounds.

The BEA junior with a 15-7 record pinned Levi Kuschel (9-7) of Waseca in 4:00.

Jordan Huse was the Buccaneer who took fourth place. The Buc junior with a 7-13 record lost by a fall to Waseca’s Jacob Hertzog (6-9) in the battle for third place.

Dalton Nagel won his match for fifth place at 132 pounds.

The BEA junior (15-8) won a 10-6 battle against Noah Schmidt (9-8) of Waseca.

At 138 pounds, Jaxen Klinkner, a freshman, (7-14) lost his fifth-place match by a score of 8-2 to Zach Stahl (11-6) of Marshall and ended up in sixth place.

So did Davis Sunken at 106 pounds. The BEA freshman (12-11) lost by a fall to Erik Artiga (13-7) of Worthington in the fifth place match.

Caden Ochsendorf (16-7) was the third Buccaneer to end up in sixth place when he lost by a fall in the match for fifth place at 120 pounds.

Ochsendorf, also a freshman, lost to Jordan Wolter (14-6) of Fairmont-Martin County West.