Bucs take down the Knights 52-15
The host Class A No. 4- ranked Blue Earth Area Bucs scored eight falls and one major decision in their 12-match dual meet against the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights last Friday, Jan. 3, to claim a 52-15 victory. The 106 and 195-pound weight classes were not wrestled.
Carson Sturtz put the home team on the board first with a pin of Griffin Gimenez in 1:44 at 113 pounds.
No. 9-ranked Ty Peterson made it 12-0 in favor of the Bucs when he put Brecken Northquest’s back to the mat in 47 seconds in the 120-pound match.
Davis Sunken, the No. 7-ranked wrestler kept the ball rolling for BEA with a pin of Ean Gilman in 1:42 at 126 pounds.
Tucker Wills of LCWM scored a 5-1 decision over Jacob Beeler for the Knight’s first points.
In the 138-pound match, it was Caleb Beeler of BEA winning by a third period pin over Alex Harnitz in 5:28 to extend the Maroon and Golds’ lead to 24-3.
The Bucs’ Adam Schavey saw his first action of the year filling in for an injured Jaxen Klinkner at 145 pounds. Schavey scored a pin over Dominic Rosin in 1:59.
No. 4-ranked Koby Nagel at 152 pounds and No. 5-ranked Max Ehrich at 160 pounds also had their first matches of the wrestling season for BEA after recovering from football injuries.
Nagel earned a 9-0 major decision over Seth Rosin while Ehrich recorded a pin over Matt Thofson in 2:57.
The score was now 40-3 in favor of the Bucs with four matches remaining.
Brendan Jones of the Knights pinned Kean Hicks at the 3:21 mark in the 170-pound match.
The Knights’ No. 8 ranked wrestler at 182 pounds, Avery Northquest, pinned Nick Frank with two seconds left in the second period.
The Bucs closed out the match with two falls.
Nick Lawrence pinned Justin Slater in 1:15 at 220 pounds and Ian Cornelio won by a fall over Alex Sullivan in 1:39 in the 285-pound match.
“It was nice to get some of injured guys back out on the mat,” coach Randy Wirtjes said. “They not only are good wrestlers, they also provide excellent leadership for the team.”