Jayhawks edge Eagles
TRUMAN – The Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther Jayhawks needed Christian Escobar to win his match to defeat the New Ulm Eagles in a nonconference wrestling dual meet on Tuesday night in Truman.
Escobar delivered the pivotal points by pinning Andy Bregel in the final 21 seconds of the heavyweight match to give the Jayhawks a 39-38 victory.
The Jayhawks took seven match victories, including Escobar’s crucial win, to claim the narrow one-point team decision.
Jeremiah Colon kept the Eagles from sweeping the first three matches by winning for the Jayhawks at 120 pounds, pinning Tanner Stork in 1:37.
New Ulm’s Iles Austin responded with a pin of Jerson Castro in the 126-pound match in 1:10, before Class A, No. 10-ranked Bryon Forstner of MTML pinned Luke Cihak at 2:53 in the 132-pound match.
The Jayhawks’ Jon Whitney claimed the 145-pound victory, defeating Austin Brandes with a 9-2 decision before MTML teammate and Class A, No. 1-ranked Adam Cooling received a forfeit at 160. Stevie Tierney pinned Riley Shelgren in 1:16 to continue the Jayhawks’ winning streak.
The Jayhawks’ Jake Kortuem pinned Cole Wilfahrt with two seconds remaining in the second period during 182-pound action.
New Ulm proceeded to win take wins at 195 and 220 to set up the decisive match at heavyweight.
Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther hosts Norwood Young America in a nonconference dual meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Madelia.
MTML 39, New Ulm 38
106: Hunter Ranweiler (NU) pinned Grant Koehler, 3:30. 113: Ryan Wacker (NU) pinned Cole Pietsch, 3:26. 120: Jeramiah Colon (MTML) pinned Tanner Stork, 1:37. 126: Iles Austin (NU) pinned Jerson Castro, 1:10. 132: Bryon Forstner (MTML) pinned Luke Cihak, 2:53. 138: Jagger Hoffman (NU) dec. Justin Gifferson, 9-4. 145: Jon Whitney (MTML) dec. Austin Brandes, 9-2. 152: Sam Hoppe (NU) tech. fall Jesus Lopez, 18-3. 160: Adam Cooling (MTML) won by forfeit. 170: Stevie Tierney (MTML) pinned Riley Shelgren, 1:16. 182: Jake Kortuem (MTML) pinned Cole Wilfahrt, 3:58. 195: Lorenzo Hernandez (NU) won by forfeit. 220: Braxton Greenwaldt (NU) pinned Derek Firchau, 1:11. 285: Christian Escobar (MT) pinned Andy Bregel, 5:39.