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BEA hits the mat for three wins

Defeat Tigers, Scarlets and Bluejays before falling to Red Bulls

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 21, 2021

BEA’s Logan Johnson tightens his grip in a match at the Mankato West Triangular, which was held on Friday, Feb. 11. The Bucs defeated two Big Nine Conference schools, Albert Lea and Mankato West, that evening.

Fairmont Triangular

BEA 66, Waseca 8

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers won 12 of 14 matches against the Waseca Bluejays on their way to a 66-8 triumph over their Big South Conference opponent on Feb. 18. It was the second time the Bucs had defeated the Bluejays this season.

Winning by pin for the Bucs were Cooper Peterson at 106 pounds, Max Ehrich at 160, Adam Schavey at 195, and Logan Johnson at 220.

BEA also picked up five wins by forfeit including Caleb Langager at 106 pounds, Brody Anderson at 132, Parker Meyers at 145, Max Ehrich at 160 and Luke Mertens at 285.

Blair Lunz won an 8-3 decision at 126 pounds and Nick Frank won an 11-1 major decision at 182 pounds. The other win for BEA came from 138-pounder Ty Peterson, who won by a 17-0 technical fall.

Martin County 44,

BEA 30

The Class AA No. 3-ranked Martin County Red Bulls defeated the Class A No. 5-ranked Blue Earth Area Bucs 44-30 in the final meet of the evening.

BEA opened the contest with a pin by Cooper Peterson at 106 pounds and a 5-0 decision by Caleb Langager at 113 pounds to take a 9-0 lead.

The Red Bulls then proceeded to win the next six matches, five of them by pins, to take a 33-9 lead.

Max Ehrich added six more points to BEA’s team score when he won by a fall at the 4:51 mark at 160 pounds.

Martin County would pick up a technical fall win at 170 pounds and a fall at 220 pounds for their final victories of the evening.

Adam Schavey of the Bucs won a 9-2 decision at 182 pounds and Nick Frank won by a pin in 3:39 in the 195-pound match.

The final contest of the evening had BEA’s Luke Mertens winning by a fall in 1:16 at 285 pounds.

The Bucs participated in a triangular meet on Feb. 20 in Pipestone before returning home to host a triangular meet against Maple River and St. Peter on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Look for the results of those contests in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

BEA 37, Albert Lea 28

Blue Earth Area swept both matches on Thursday, Feb. 11, when they traveled to Mankato to take on two schools from the Big Nine Conference, the Albert Lea Tigers and the Mankato West Scarlets, in a triangular meet.

The Buccaneers first contest of the night was against the Tigers. BEA fell behind early but rallied to defeat Albert Lea 37-28.

The Tigers won four of the first five matches to take a 19-3 lead. Their victories came by pins at 106 and 132 pounds, a major decision at 113 pounds and a decision at 126 pounds.

BEA scored their first points of the night when Carson Sturtz won by a 5-1 decision over Brody Ignaszewski in the 120-pound match.

Ty Peterson’s pin of Joey Flores in 1:23 in the 138-pound match cut Albert Lea’s lead to 19-9.

The Tigers gained three more team points with a decision at 145 pounds to go up 22-9.

However, Nick Nelson earned four points for the Bucs when he won by a major decision at 152 pounds over Triton Cox. Max Ehrich was victorious by a decision over Henry Eggum at 160 pounds and Kean Hicks won in overtime by a 5-3 decision against Luke Moller at 170 pounds to make the score 22-19 with Albert Lea still in top.

The Tigers increased their lead to 28-19 when they won by a pin at 182 pounds but it would be the last points they would score against the Bucs.

Nick Frank pinned Kadin Indrelie in 1:30 at 195 pounds, Luke Mertens pinned Trevor Ball in 35 seconds at 220 pounds and Logan Johnson won by a fall over Caleb Banks at 285 pounds to total 18 straight points for the Bucs and give them the 37-28 triumph.

BEA 52, MW 23

The Buccaneers won nine matches against the Scarlets, seven by fall, one by injury default and one by a major decision to gain a 52-23 victory in the final contest of the evening.

The seven Bucs winning by falls were Cooper Peterson at 106 pounds; Caleb Langer at 113; Ty Peterson at 138; Nick Nelson at 152; Nick Frank at 182; Adam Schavey at 195; and Logan Johnson at 285.

Max Ehrich also scored six points for the team when his opponent had to forfeit because of an injury.

BEA’s other victory came from 170-pounder Kean Hicks who won by an 11-2 major decision.