Wrestling roundup: Cardinals go 2-1 at Melrose, Knights go 2-1 at Morris, BHVPP splits BBE triangular
The Alexandria Cardinals went 2-1 at Melrose Tuesday, while West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville went 2-1 at MAHACA and Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie split duals at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
The Alexandria wrestling team had a strong evening Tuesday, winning two out of three duals. The Cardinals beat Sauk Centre-Melrose 49-30 and Ortonville 66-10 but fell short against Paynesville Area 37-24.
The Cardinals held a 24-16 lead heading into the final four weights against Paynesville. The Cardinals lost the final four bouts, three of which were pins.
“We were without a few regular starters, which handcuffed us a bit against Paynesville, but it also provided a few varsity opportunities for some of our regular JV guys,” Alexandria head coach Aldon Struchen said.
Alexandria earned the 19-point victory over Sauk Centre-Melrose with five first-period pins. The fastest pin came by senior Mason Teaser (182) over Jon Lara in 34 seconds.
Teaser crossed the 60-career wins threshold by beating Paynesville’s Aaron Mages, 9-2.
“He really had to earn that one because he had a solid opponent that was pretty dangerous from the top position,” Struchen said. “He wrestled very smart and secured a quality win for us there.”
Teaser was one of four Cardinals to go 3-0 on the night.
Sophomore Mason McGrane (ranked No. 8 at 113 in Class AA by The Guillotine) got to 19 wins in a row with three pins on Tuesday. McGrane’s last eight wins have all been pins.
Junior Blaze Nelson (ranked No. 8 at 138 in Class AA) earned three victories on the night with two pins and one forfeit win. Juniors Kelly Johnson (152) and Landon Seward (160) also went 3-0, with a major decision, a pin and a forfeit win.
The Cardinals won five matches in a row against Sauk Centre-Melrose from 152 to 195. Four of those five wins were pins, while the other was a forfeit.
Alexandria lost three out of five matches wrestled against Ortonville, but Ortonville had nine forfeits.
The Cardinals host eighth-ranked Willmar (AAA) and Sauk Rapids on Thursday for senior night.
Knights go 2-1 at Morris Area
West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville nearly wrestled to a flawless 3-0 record in Tuesday’s quadrangular at Morris Area-Hancock-Chikio-Alberta, but came up just short and won two out of three duals.
The Knights’ lone loss of the night came to MAHACA 36-33. The Knights found themselves in a 30-6 hole at the midway point of the dual. The Knights won the final six out of seven bouts but it wasn’t enough to win the dual.
Senior Reubens Swanson (ranked No. 9 at 145 in Class A) increased his winning streak to 11 with three victories in the quad. Senior Ashton Danner also went 3-0 on the night with two decisions and a pin.
Junior Anthony Sykora (ranked No. 2 at 170 in Class A) earned three forfeit victories on the night. Senior Colton Lindquist (ranked No. 2 at 220 in Class A) and junior Justin Blascyk (285) both went 3-0 as well.
Both of the Knights’ wins came by a comfortable margin. The Knights beat the Border West Buccaneers 54-19 thanks to a combined seven pins and forfeits, while also beating the Minnewaska Area Lakers 48-25, thanks to winning the final eight out of 10 duals.
Minnewaska won five matches against WCA-A-B-E. 7th grader Miles Wildman (106) and junior Torii Johnson (113) earned gave the Lakers a 9-0 lead as Wildman earned a decision victory and Johnson earned a pin.
Junior Nick Ankeny earned a 10-2 major decision victory at 126. The Lakers had two more pins, by senior Jacob Blair (ranked No. 10 in Class A at 145 although he wrestled at 152 Tuesday) and junior Chase Boelke at 182.
BHVPP splits Tuesday duals
The Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie Raiders beat Quad County 48-24 but fell to top-ranked (Class A) Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 55-18 in Belgrade on Tuesday.
Eight-grader Justin Olson earned two victories on the night, beating Quad County’s Griffin Howard 6-3 and pinning BBE’s Louie Tensen (fall 1:59).
He was one of four Raiders, along with junior Bennet Areceneau (120), senior Reese Thompson (145) and senior Gideon Ervasti (who is ranked No. 3 in Class A at 195 but wrestled at 220) to go 2-0 on the night.
The Raiders started off the Quad County dual hot with a 30-0 nothing lead. Quad County made the score 36-24 with two matches to go. But with a forfeit win by Ervasti at 220 and a pin by junior Collin Moeller over Evan Friese (1:59), the Raiders went on to win 48-24.