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Bucs finish 9th at tourney

By Staff | Dec 30, 2018

Max Ehrich, above, and Caleb Beeler battled their opponents in a recent meet in Blue Earth. The Buc wrestlers competed in the Redwood River Riot Dec. 21-22, finishing ninth out of 35 teams at the tourney.

The Blue Earth Area wrestling team competed in the Redwood River Riot Invitational Tournament held in Redwood Falls on Dec. 21-22.

BEA finished in ninth place out of 35 teams with 87 points, which was an improvement over last year’s 18th place finish.

Fairmont-Martin County West (FMCW) won the tournament with a score of 249. Maple River, the other area team competing, finished right behind Blue Earth Area in 10th place with 86 points.

Five BEA wrestlers placed in the top seven in their weight bracket. Jaxen Klinkner and Dominic Whitlow each finished in fourth place. Ty Peterson brought home a fifth place medal. Davis Sunken and Koby Nagel each finished in seventh place.

“I thought our three seniors did real well,” head coach Randy Wirtjes commented. “Dominic Whitlow finished fourth and Erik Anderson and Akeira Morrow were one win short of medaling.”

Klinkner, wrestling at 138 pounds, began the tournament winning by falls in his first two matches before claiming an 8-6 sudden-victory win in his third match.

A 9-7 loss in his fourth match sent him into the wrestlebacks. He won a 9-2 decision to send him into the match for third place where he wrestled Jared Wolter of FMCW. Wolter, the third ranked wrestler in Class AA at 138 pounds, defeated Klinkner 11-4.

“Jaxen had a nice tournament, he beat the No. 2 seed and wrestled well the whole weekend,” Wirtjes noted.

Whitlow’s road to fourth place took a different path than Klinkner. The 182-pounder was pinned in his first match by Logan Sherwood of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, in only 53 seconds.

Relegated to the wrestlebacks, Whitlow won his next five matches by a bye, a pin, a forfeit, a major decision and a decision to set up a rematch with his first round opponent.

This time it was Whitlow who bested Sherwood by a 7-3 decision. The win sent Whitlow to the third place match against Class AA, fifth ranked Tristan Lange, of FMCW. Lange won by fall at the 4:08 mark giving Whitlow fourth place.

Ty Peterson, like Whitlow, also lost his opening match. The 113-pounder came back with a string of four victories, one bye and three decisions, before losing by a fall to the No. 3 ranked wrestler in Class A.

Peterson rebounded to win his fifth place match over Boden Simon, of Maple River, by an 11-2 major decision.

Davis Sunken followed a first-round bye with a pin. However, the 120-pounder lost his third match to Will Magaard, the No. 2 ranked wrestler in Class A. Magaard, of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, won by fall at 2:00.

Sunken won his first wrestleback match by a fall, then lost by a major decision before finishing the day with a pin in 1:07 to claim seventh place.

The Buccaneers’ 152-pounder, Koby Nagel, won his first match by a fall in 22 seconds. He lost his second match by a 2-1 margin. He won his next three matches, the first two by major decision and the third match by a 6-4 score. Nagel lost his next match 5-2 to send him into the match for seventh place. His 13-2 major decision victory secured his seventh place finish.

“Ty Peterson, Davis Sunken and Koby Nagel showed great mental toughness throughout the tournament,” Wirtjes added.