A total of 39 teams gathered at the always-competitive Big Bear Tournament Dec. 14-15 as Minnewaska and West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville both tested themselves against a talented field.
The Lakers came out as a top-five team, finishing fourth overall with 138 points. Hutchinson won the tournament with 177, while Detroit Lakes (174) and Thief River Falls (167) rounded out the top three. WCA-A-B-E was 19th overall with 67 points.
Sophomore Tyson Meyer, ranked fourth at 170 pounds in Class A in the Dec. 7 Guillotine polls, led all Minnewaska wrestlers by winning that 170-pound weight class. Meyer (14-0) locked up in a battle with Cody Dravis of Park Rapids Area (9-1) and won an 8-7 decision in the title match.
Tyler VanLuik, ranked third at 195 pounds, finished third in that weight class. He edged Carson Huls of Pierz in his final match.
Dylan Jergenson also finished third for the Lakers at 220 pounds. He pinned his man in 5:28 during the third-place match, while Easton McCrory was third at 113 pounds after a 4-3 win in his final match. Jacob Blair was eighth at 106 pounds and Mason Blair fifth at 145 to round out Minnewaska’s top-eight finishers.
Wyatt Olson led the Knights’ wrestlers by taking fifth at 195 pounds. Olson, ranked fourth at 195 pounds, got first-period pins in his first two rounds and added a 3-1 decision win that put him in the semifinals before he fell to the bottom bracket.
Jordan Lohse was WCA-A-B-E’s other top-eight finisher as he took seventh at 138 pounds. Lohse won a 4-3 decision over Nate Williams of Crosby-Ironton in the seventh-place match.