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Bucs take second at Maher Invite

By Staff | Dec 15, 2019

Davis Sunken tightens his hold on Dylan Samlaska from WEM-JWP for a first-round victory at the Maher Invite. Sunken won by decision in the second round before losing in the finals to claim second place. The Bucs sent six wrestlers to the finals and finished second as a team in the tournament.

Last year inclement weather caused the Maher Tournament to be cancelled. And though the tournament has a history of being held during some less than ideal weather, this year the temps were mild and the skies were clear. When it came to the wrestling, Blue Earth Area took second place at the tournament which was held in Blue Earth on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Fairmont-Martin County West (FMCW) nabbed first place with a score of 232.5. The Bucs finished with 157 points to finish ahead of Lake Mills, Iowa, who had 149 points.

Finishing fourth in the eight-team tournament was Mankato East with 132 points, followed by Maple River with 131.5, Westfield with 69, Waterville/Ely-sian/Morristown-Janesville/Waldorf/Pember-ton (WEM-JWP) with 46.5 and Madelia-Truman-Martin?Luther (MTML) with three.

The Maher Tournament was the first competitive action for the Bucs this year. Koby Nagel, Max Ehrich and Adam Schavey were not in action at the tournament while they continue recovering from injuries they suffered during the football season.

BEA sent six wrestlers to the finals but, unfortunately, none of the six were able to capture a championship.

Carson Sturtz began his day in the 113-pound weight class with a second period pin over Geraldo Vasquez of Lake Mills. Sturtz then reached the finals with a third period pin of Easton Stangl of Mankato East.

In the finals it was Kain Sanders of FMCW getting the win over Sturtz with a fall at the end of the first period.

Ty Peterson, at 120 pounds, was the next Buc wrestler to make it to the finals. Peterson had a first-round bye and then defeated Alex Beaty of Lake Mills 6-4 in the second round.

Peterson faced fellow junior Lucas Jagodzinske of FMCW in the finals and lost by a 7-0 decision.

Davis Sunken began his path to the finals of the 126- pound weight class with a pin of Dylan Samlaska of WEM-JWP at 1:35. In the second round, Sunken earned an 8-0 major decision over Jimmy Gallardo of Lake Mills.

Jaxson Rohman of FMCW got the best of Sunken in the finals with a 12-5 decision over the BEA senior.

Caleb Beeler received a first round bye at 138 pounds and then pinned Ethan Evenson of Maple River as time ran out in the second period. In the finals, Beeler faced Connor Simmonds of FMCW and was defeated by a technical fall score of 16-0.

Jaxen Klinkner began his final year of high school wrestling with a second period pin over Kurtis Crosby of WEM-JWP at 145 lbs. He faced Cooper Ochsendorf of Maple River next and gained a pin at the 5:25 mark.

Klinkner met Braeden Hendel in the finals and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Mankato East junior.

BEA’s other second place finisher came in the 195-pound weight category.

Luke Mertens had a first-round bye and then scored a 12-2 major decision over Brayden Lindeman of Lake Mills. In the finals, Mankato East senior Kolin Baier scored a first period pin to claim the championship.

The Bucs had three wrestlers finish in third place. They were Jacob Beeler at 132 pounds, Nick Nelson at 152 pounds and Nick Frank at 182 pounds.

Nick Lawrence took fourth at 220 pounds. Caleb Langager, Parker Meyers and Kean Hicks all recorded fifth place finishes at 106, 145 and 170 pounds respectively.

Some teams did not have wrestlers at every weight so in some cases other schools would fill out the weight class with another wrestler from their team. This resulted in the unique circumstance of two Lake Mills wrestlers battling for the championship at 170 pounds.