Wrestlers go 4-0 for the week
The Blue Earth Area wrestlers traveled to Waseca last Thursday to hit the mat with the Waseca BlueJays in a Big South Conference contest.
Waseca took the early lead but the Bucs fought back to gain a 50-21 victory.
Carson Sturtz lost by a pin at 106 pounds giving Waseca a 6-0 lead. Ty Peterson’s win at 113 pounds by an 11-2 major decision closed the gap to 6-4.
BEA took the lead for good in the 120-pound match courtesy of Davis Sunken’s second period pin which made the score 10-6. Caleb Beeler put his opponent’s back to the mat at the 1:39 mark in the 126-pound match to make the score 16-6 in favor of the Bucs.
The Jays gained a 9-3 decision over Jacob Beeler at 132 pounds to cut the Buccaneer lead to 16-9.
BEA scored the next 19 points courtesy of a technical fall, two major decisions and a pin.
Jaxen Klinker at 138 pounds scored the 17-0 technical fall. Max Ehrich at 145 pounds and Koby Nagel at 152 each recorded major decisions. Logan Johnson ended the scoring run with a second period pin in the 160-pound match to put the Bucs out front 35-9.
Nick Frank lost by a pin at 170 pounds with one second left in the second period. Dominic Whitlow pinned his opponent at the 1:49 mark in the 182-pound match. The score stood at 41-15 in favor of the Bucs.
The 195-pound match was won by Akeira Morrow by a 10-4 decision. Erik Anderson lost by a fall in the 220-pound match but the Bucs’ night ended on a winning note with Ian Cornelio pinning his opponent in the 285-pound contest.
The Bucs wrestled in the Big South Tournament on Jan. 12 and return home for a match against St. Peter on Jan. 17. Results of those contests will appear in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.
Bucs go 3-0 at Iowa quad
It was a sweep for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers wrestling team last Tuesday, Jan. 8 when they traveled to Algona, Iowa, for a quadrangular wrestling meet against three Iowa high schools.
The Bucs opened the evening with a 63-18 win over Okoboji, and then defeated Algona 48-24. BEA closed out the evening with a 67-9 triumph over Estherville Lincoln Central.
Seven Buccaneer wrestlers won all three of their matches during the evening. They were Ty Peterson, Davis Sunken, Jaxen Klinkner, Max Ehrich, Koby Nagel, Dominic Whitlow and Akeira Morrow.
BEA 63, Okoboji 18
Seven Bucs recorded pins against Okoboji with 11 of 14 BEA wrestlers winning their matches. Ty Peterson at 113 pounds and Davis Sunken at 120 pounds recorded the first two pins for Blue Earth Area. Jaxen Klinkner won his match by fall at 138 pounds followed by Max Ehrich’s 5-2 win by decision at 145 pounds.
The Bucs finished the match with four consecutive pins followed by three consecutive forfeits. Those wrestlers recording falls were Koby Nagel at 152 pounds, Logan Johnson at 160 pounds, Nick Frank at 170 pounds and Dominic Whitlow at 182 pounds.
Akeira Morrow at 195 pounds, Erik Anderson at 220 pounds and Nick Lawrence at 285 pounds won their matches by forfeits.
BEA 48, Algona 24
In what would prove to be their closest contest of the evening, the Bucs defeated Algona 48-24.
This contest began with the 152-pound weight match. Koby Nagel gave the Bucs a 6-0 lead by pinning his opponent at the 3:36 mark
Algona tied the match when Logan Johnson of the Bucs lost by a fall in the second period in the 160-pound match. Nick Frank lost by a fall at 170 pounds to put Algona ahead by a 12-6 margin.
Dominic Whitlow closed the gap to 12-9 with his 10-7 victory at 182 pounds. Akeira Morrow’s victory by fall at 195 pounds gave the Bucs the lead 15-12, but Algona reclaimed an 18-15 advantage when Erik Anderson lost by a first period fall at 220 pounds.
Nick Lawrence earned a 2-0 decision at 285 pounds to tie the match at 18-18.
The contest then moved on to the lower weights. Carson Sturtz at 106 pounds and Ty Peterson at 113 pounds both won by forfeit to give the Bucs a 30-18 lead.
Davis Sunken at 120 pounds and Caleb Beeler at 126 pounds each recorded falls extending the Buccaneer lead to 42-18.
Jacob Beeler lost by a fall at 132 pounds but Jaxen Klinkner at 138 pounds and Max Ehrich at 145 pounds won by decisions making the final score 48-24.
BEA 67, Estherville
Lincoln Central 9
This match began with the 160-pound weight class and Logan Johnson gave the Bucs the early lead 6-0 when he scored a first period pin. Nick Frank lost a close 6-5 decision to make the score 6-3.
Dominic Whitlow at 182 pounds, Akeira Morrow at 195 pounds and Erik Anderson at 220 pounds all received forfeits giving BEA a 24-3 lead.
Nick Lawrence lost by a fall in the 285-pound match making the score 24-9 in favor of the Bucs. It would be the last points for Estherville Lincoln Central as the Bucs won eight consecutive matches to end the contest.
Carson Sturtz at 106 pounds received a forfeit. Ty Peterson won by fall in the 113-pound match. Davis Sunken then recorded a 16-0 technical fall for the Buccaneers in the 120-pound match.
Caleb Beeler won by forfeit at 126 pounds and Jacob Beeler won a 6-0 decision at 132 pounds. Jaxen Klinkner then scored a third period pin for the Bucs at 138 pounds.
Max Ehrich scored a 23-8 technical fall victory and Koby Nagel ended the evening with a second period pin of his opponent.