Bucs sweep wrestling triangular
The Class A No. 6-ranked Blue Earth Area Buccaneers hosted a triangular wrestling meet with the visiting St. James Saints and New Richland Panthers on Thursday night, Jan. 23. The night opened with BEA downing St. James 65-10. The Panthers downed the Saints in the second contest of the evening and then the Bucs defeated the Panthers 43-21.
BEA 65, St. James 10
Troy Parulski got the Saints on the board first with a 14-2 major decision over Caleb Langager at 106 pounds.
BEA’s Carson Sturtz received a forfeit at 113 pounds to put the Bucs on top 6-4. Ty Peterson made it 12-4 in favor of the Bucs with a fall in three minutes over the Saints’ Gadiel Velasco at 120 pounds.
BEA added four more points to their total when Davis Sunken scored a 13-4 major decision over Wyatt Westcott in the 126-pound weight bracket. The Bucs now led 16-4.
Jacob Beeler kept things going for the Bucs with a 5-1 decision over Joshua Olivares at 132 pounds. Beeler’s win extended BEA’s lead to 19-4.
Caleb Beeler outdueled Austin Knickrehm of the Saints for a 9-0 major decision to put the Bucs on top 23-4.
Jaxen Klinkner at 145 pounds, Adam Schavey at 152, Max Ehrich at 160, Kean Hicks at 170, Nick Frank at 182 and Luke Mertens at 195, all received forfeits. The six consecutive wins put BEA on top 59-4.
Peyton Engelking of the Saints earned a fall over Nick Lawrence in 4:21 to make the score 59-10 in favor of the Bucs.
BEA’s Ian Corneilo won the final match with a pin over Koltin Johnson of St. James at 5:37 in the 285-pound match.
BEA 43, NRHEG 21
Annabelle Petsinger of NRHEG pinned Caleb Langager in 5:19 at 106 pounds to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead.
Ty Peterson tied the score up for BEA with a pin in 58 seconds over Parker Bunn of the Panthers in the 113-pound match.
Nikolas Petsinger made it 12-6 in favor of NRHEG with his pin of Angel Martinez right before the end of the first period in the 120-pound match.
BEA’s Davis Sunken needed 1:23 to earn a fall against Ethan Thompson at 126 pounds. Sunken’s victory tied the score at 12-12.
A 5-0 decision by Jacob Beeler over Clay Stenzel at 132 pounds gave the Bucs a 15-12.
BEA increased their lead to 18-12 when Caleb Beeler earned a 7-2 decision over Andrew Reich at 138 pounds.
Agro Gushwa’s pin of Jaxen Klinkner in 3:09 at 145 pounds knotted the team score 18-18.
The 152-pound match went to BEA’s Adam Schavey with a pin in 1:46 over Cameron Cantu. The score was now 24-18 in favor of the Bucs.
Max Ehrich extended the lead to 29-18 for the Maroon and Gold with a 21-6 technical fall over Thor Routh.
The 160-pound match went into overtime with the Panthers’ Ralph Roesler earning a sudden victory with a takedown of Kean Hicks in the first overtime period for a 4-2 decision. The Bucs’ lead was now 29-21.
Nick Frank gave BEA some breathing room with a 10-2 major decision over Conner Okland at 182 pounds. The Bucs now held a 33-21 advantage over the Panthers.
A 16-2 major decision by BEA’s Luke Mertens over Max Seltun at 195 pounds sealed the victory for the home team with a lead of 37-18 with only two matches remaining.
“Our heavier weights picked us up tonight,” BEA head coach Randy Wirtjes said. “Adam Schavey got us going, Max Ehrich wrestled a great match, Kean Hicks lost a tough one in overtime, but Nick Frank came back with a major decision for us. Luke Mertens wrestled strong in the second and third periods to pick up a win and it was nice to see Nick Lawrence and Ian Cornelio finish with wins.”
Lawrence won by a 9-6 decision over Makota Misgen at 220 pounds and Cornelio won a close 1-0 match against Ben Hagen to make the final score 43-21 in favor of the Bucs.
“Give NRHEG credit,” Wirtjes said. “They came here tonight and were ready to wrestle. We have some things to work on when we get back to practice.”