Six All-Conference wrestlers
Six wrestlers from Blue Earth Area High School have been named to the Big South Conference Wrestling All-Conference Team.
The six are Caleb Beeler, Max Ehrich, Joe Schavey, Zach Buseman, Jordan Huse and Trevor Oppedal.
Fairmont/Martin County West led the list with nine wrestlers, and Marshall had eight on the list.
Fairmont/MCW won the East Division of the BSC, while Marshall took top honors in the BSC West Division. Fairmont/MCW then defeated Marshall for the overall conference championship.
The Buccaneers of BEA were in second place in the East Division.
Here is a look at the six Buc All-Conference honorees.
Beeler, a sophomore, was the Bucs’ 106 pound wrestler. He tallied a 28-17 season record, which is also his career record.
During the season he recorded nine pins, 41 take downs, 18 near falls and added 114 team points.
“Caleb took fourth in the Section this year,” Buc coach Randy Wirtjes says. “He is a hard worker and very coachable. He still has two more years left in his high school wrestling career.”
Ehrich, a ninth grader, had a 25-8 season record and now sports a 55-28 career record. He wrestled at 126 pounds for the Bucs.
He had nine pins this season, and has 20 in his career. He also tallied 70 take downs, 24 near falls and had 119 team points.
“Max ended up third in Section,” Wirtjes says. “He led the team in take downs. Max is young and has a great career ahead of him.”
Schavey was a Section champ and a State Wrestling Meet qualifier.
A senior, Schavey wrestled at 132 pounds this season. He had a 25-14 season record and was 51-34 in his high school career.
Schavey also had nine pins, with 17 in his career. He tallied 61 take downs, 34 near falls and added 126 points to the Buccaneers’ total over the year.
“Joe really turned it on this year,” Wirtjes says. “He became a team leader and worked hard in practice.”
“Zach will go down as one of the top BEA wrestlers,” coach Wirtjes says of the senior who wrestled at 152 pounds in the post season. “He always came through in the big matches.”
Buseman had a 42-7 season record and ended his high school wrestling years with a 184-68 career record which is third all time in the Buccaneer records.
He had 19 pins this season, and 71 over his career. He also tallied 48 take downs, 36 near falls and 202 team points.
“Zach was Section champ this season, a five time state qualifier and has placed fourth and fifth at state,” Wirtjes says. “He also was a two time All-State Academic Team honoree.”
Huse, also a senior, wrestled at 195 pounds for the Bucs. He had a 20-23 season record, and a 40-56 career record over his high school years.
He had nine pins this season and 16 during his career. Huse also tallied 15 take downs, seven near falls and had 117 team points.
“Jordan’s record is deceiving,” Buc mentor Wirtjes says. “He started the year 0-12 and finished on a 25-11 run. He had some big wins for the team this year and he helped solidify the upper weights.”
The senior was the Bucs’ heavyweight in the 285 pound weight class.
Oppedal had a 34-6 record this season and is 80-43 overall during his high school days of varsity wrestling.
He had 20 pins this season and 54 in his career. He also sported 20 take downs, seven near falls and added 172 points to the Bucs’ team tally.
Oppedal was a Section champ, state qualifier and took third at state this year.
“Trevor has come a long way over the past few years,” coach Wirtjes says. “He was a great closer and came through with a lot of pins to help us finish some big matches. And he sure made the most of his only state tournament by placing third.”