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Bucs defeat Arrows and Eagles

Lose to K-M-S on criteria and then get upset by St. Peter Saints

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 28, 2021

BEA’s Parker Meyer is in control against Maple River’s Noah Ziegler during their match on Feb. 23. Meyers would go on to defeat Ziegler by an 11-0 major decision and the Buccaneers were victorious over the Eagles by a score of 50-17. BEA won 11 of the 14 matches versus Maple River.

Blue Earth Triangular

St. Peter 36, BEA 32

When these two teams met earlier in the season on Jan. 29, the Bucs won all but two of the 14 matches on their way to a 60-7 victory.

In their rematch on Feb. 23, the Saints turned the tables on the host team and went home with a 36-32 triumph.

Cooper Peterson got the Bucs off on the right foot with his first period pin of Deontre Torres at 106 pounds, but BEA lost the next four matches to trail St. Peter 21-6 heading into the 138-pound match.

Ty Peterson won an action-filled 16-10 decision over Harold Born to make the score 21-9 in the Saints’ favor.

St. Peter picked up two more wins, a decision at 145 pounds and a fall at 152 pounds, to go on top 30-9.

Max Ehrich won his match at 160 pounds with a 19-4 technical fall over Taylen Travaille to cut the Saints’ lead to 30-14.

St. Peter picked up another decision at 170 pounds before Nick Frank picked up six points for the Bucs with a pin over Cole Filand in the 182-pound match. St. Peter now held a 33-20 lead with three matches remaining.

St. Peter secured their victory when they won by a decision at 195 pounds to take a 36-20 lead.

BEA finished with two pins. Logan Johnson scored a first-period fall over Connor Travaille at 220 pounds. Luke Mertens closed out the contest with a second-period pin over Nathan Pettis.

The Bucs were without the services of three of their starters who were sidelined by injury or illness.

BEA 50, Maple River 17

The Buccaneers rebounded from their loss against St. Peter to end their evening with a 50-17 triumph over the Maple River Eagles.

BEA got off to a fast start by winning the first three matches of the dual.

Cooper Peterson downed Wyatt Walters by an 11-5 decision in the 106-pound match.

Cale Borris, wrestling for the injured Caleb Langager, picked up his first career varsity win with an 8-0 major decision over Waylon Simon at 113 pounds.

Carson Sturtz kept the momentum going with a 4-2 decision over Braxton Simon at 120 pounds to give BEA a 10-0 lead.

The Eagles picked up a pin at 126 pounds but Blair Lunz won a 7-5 decision over Maple River’s Isaac Sowers at 132 pounds to keep the Bucs on top 13-6.

Ty Peterson needed only 15 seconds to pin Robert Borden of the Eagles in the 138-pound match to increase the Bucs’ lead to 19-6.

Maple River won by a technical fall at 145 pounds to make the score 19-11 with BEA still in the lead.

The Bucs then put together a string of four consecutive victories.

Parker Meyers defeated Noah Ziegler 11-0 for a major decision victory at 152 pounds. Max Ehrich won by a fall over Cooper Ochsendorf at 160 pounds, Kean Hicks pinned Matteo De Gaffaele in 51 seconds at 170 pounds and Nick Frank received a forfeit at 182 pounds. The Bucs now led 41-11.

Maple River would win with a pin at 195 pounds but BEA took the last two matches.

Logan Johnson won by a 4-1 decision over Thayne Decker at 220 pounds and Luke Mertens won by a fall in 17 seconds over Dizel Butler at 285 pounds.

Pipestone Triangular

K-M-S 36, BEA 36

The Blue Earth Area wrestling team found themselves in a 30-3 hole after six matches when they went up against the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints during the Pipestone Triangular on Saturday, Feb. 20.

BEA had given up five pins through the first six matches with Caleb Langager’s decision at 113 pounds providing the Bucs with their only points.

Then BEA turned things around.

Ty Peterson pinned Hunter Wilts in 4:38 in the 145-pound match. It was the first of five consecutive victories for the Bucs. Peterson’s win made the score 30-9.

Parker Myers pinned Aaron Jones at 152 pounds and BEA had cut the K-M-S lead to 30-15.

Max Ehrich was next for Blue Earth at 160 pounds. The senior needed only 55 seconds to put Luke Froehlich’s shoulders to the mat and reduce the Fighting Saints’ lead to 30-21.

Kean Hick’s decision over Masyn Olson at 170 pounds gave BEA three more points and Adam Schavey’s first-period pin over Collin Johnson tied the score 30-30.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, the Fighting Saints won the next two matches at 195 and 220 pounds by decisions to take a 36-30 lead heading into the final match of the contest.

BEA’s Luke Mertens got an early takedown against Jason Jones but struggled to turn him to his back through the first two periods. One minute into the final period Mertens was able to turn Jones and get the pin to tie the score 36-36.

With the score tied following the completion of all matches, the winner was determined by criteria.

It came down to the sixth criteria which was the team giving up the least number of forfeits is declared the winner. The Bucs had forfeited one match to zero for the Fighting Saints so K-M-S was declared the winner.

BEA 50,

Pipestone Area 20

Blue Earth Area took on the Pipestone Area Arrows in the first meet of the day. The Bucs had defeated the Arrows 60-27 earlier in the year when the teams met in Blue Earth and they came out on top again, this time by a 50-20 margin.

Pipestone won the first five matches to account for all 20 of their points. BEA won the last nine matches to claim the victory.

Four of the wins were due to forfeits. They were Ty Peterson at 138 pounds, Cory Kitchel at 152, Adam Schavey at 195 and Logan Johnson at 220.

Parker Meyers at 145 pounds, Nick Frank at 182 and Luke Mertens at 285 each won by pinning their opponent.

Max Ehrich was victorious by a 21-5 technical fall at 160 pounds and Kean Hicks won a 9-2 decision in the 170-pound match.