Bucs 2nd, Red Bulls 4th at Invite
SHERBURN – Blue Earth Area’s wrestlers took home four individual first-place finishes as the Bucs finished second in the Red Bull Invite on Saturday in Sherburn.
The hosting Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls captured one individual crown to help them finish fourth overall.
Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther garnered a seventh-place team finish in the meet.
The Class A, No. 5-ranked Minneota Vikings earned the team title with the help of four first-place finishes.
Buc senior 132-pounder Alec Huber captured the first of the Bucs’ four crowns.
Huber took the 8-4 decision over Minneota’s Leo Buysse in the championship.
In the opening round, Huber pinned Worthington’s Jeffrey Comacho with 17 seconds left in the match to reach the semifinals.
Huber then shut out United South Central sophomore Adam Knutson with a 4-0 decision to reach the championship.
Gus Phillips was the next wrestler to claim gold, outlasting the Vikings’ Cole Hennen in a 3-2 championship match at 160 pounds.
Phillips needed just 59 seconds to pin Waseca’s Mario Ruiz in the opening round, before earning an 8-5 decision over Pipestone’s Allan Hachmann in the semis.
Class A, No. 8-ranked 170-pounder David Franta then followed up his teammate with a championship effort in the 170-pound title match.
Franta nearly pinned the Arrows’ Will Smith, but settled for a 19-8 major decision for the first-place finish.
Franta opened the tournament with a bye, before getting past the Rebels’ Travis Brown with a 19-6 major decision in the semifinal match.
“I thought that our senior leadership today was great,” said Blue Earth Area head coach Randy Wirtjes. “Each of our seniors had a good tournament, and to win four championships in a tough tournament is great.”
Class A, No. 5-ranked 285-pounder Martin Granados closed out the meet with a championship for the Bucs to clinch the second-place team finish.
Granados, needed just 40 seconds to pin the Arrows’ Derik Evans for the title.
“Granados is always our closer in meets, so it was great to see him finish out the tournament with a quick win for us,” said Wirtjes.
Granados started out with an opening round bye, before pinning Red Bulls’ sophomore Adrian Moscoffian at 1:57 in the semifinal match.
Moscoffian squared off against the Vikings’ Ryan Twedt in the third-place match, pinning the junior in 1:59 for third place.
The Red Bulls’ Luis Figueroa captured their lone championship of the meet at 220 pounds.
Figueroa earned a bye in the first round before beating the Bluejays’ Dylan Winegar in an 8-4 decision in the semifinals.
Figueroa then turned around and downed Pipestone’s Blake Wolters in a 5-1 decision for the championship.
“I thought that Luis did a great job of battling in the meet,” said Fairmont/Martin County West head coach Adam Williamson. “To get a championship in a tough tournament like this says a lot, and he has been coming on really strong here at the end of the season.”
In addition to their four first-place finishers, the Bucs also took home three second-place finishes.
Eighth grader Zach Buseman took a 14-2 major decision over Waseca’s Justin Sampson in the opening round of the 113-pound bracket, before scoring a 7-6 win over Pipestone’s Michael Suda in the semifinals.
Buseman then faced Viking sophomore Eric Haaswedell in the final.
Haaswedell shut out Buseman in a 4-0 decision for the first-place finish.
Mike Ankeny battled through the 138-pound bracket for a second-place finish for the Bucs.
Ankeny pinned the Jayhawks’ Jordan Osborne in 54 seconds in the opening round, before cruising past the Rebel Matt Harpestad in an 11-0 decision in the semifinals.
Ankeny then faced Class A, No. 5-ranked 138-pounder Bryce Bruner from Minneota in the championship.
Ankeny battled, and nearly scored twice on takedowns, but the Viking held him off for the 5-0 win.
“Mike Ankeny had a nice tournament and had a couple nice wins,” said Wirtjes. “That championship match was a tough one, but he battled hard and gave himself a chance.”
Kolt Gorg also garnered runner’s-up honors for the Bucs in the 182-pound bracket.
Gorg pinned Bluejay Levi Kuschel at 2:59 in the opening round, before advancing to the final with an injury default.
United South Central’s Class A, No. 2-ranked 182-pounder Colten Carlson was waiting for Gorg in the final, and Carlson pinned his shoulders to the mat just 24 seconds into the third period for the title.
Class A, No. 6-ranked 195-pounder Jake Denn topped the Jayhawks performance in the tournament with a second-place finish in the 195-pound bracket.
Denn earned a first-round bye, before holding off Bucs’ junior Jacob Johson in an 8-2 decision in the semifinals.
Denn then faced the Trojans’ Class AA, No. 2-ranked 195-pounder Carson Hagen in the final.
Hagen and Denn battled, tied at 1-1 with a pair of escapes in the first period.
In the third, Hagen escaped again for a point and took the 2-1 victory.
Johnson, who lost to Denn in the semifinals, went on to earn a third-place finish.
Johnson pinned Pipestone’s Cole Staples in 34 seconds in the opening round of the bracket, before facing Denn.
In the third-place bracket, Johnson pinned the Vikings’ Alexander Hencke at 1:35, before shutting out Rebel Isaac Hernandez 10-0 in a major decision in the third-place match.
Red Bull sophomore Chris Ettesvold earned a third-place finish in the 120-pound bracket.
Ettesvold beat the Rebels’ Keenan Biddle, before Minneota’s Henry Pesch pinned him at 53 seconds in the semifinal.
The sophomore then took a win by injury default in the third-place bracket, before pinning Waseca’s Noah Schmidt at 2:34 in the third-place match.
Jerimiah Colon opened up the 126-pound bracket with a win by injury default and finished with a third-place finish for the Jayhawks.
Minneota’s Class A, No. 5-ranked 126-pounder Landyn Van Overbeke pinned Colon at 2:49 in the semifinal.
Colon then bounced back to pin Pipestone’s Bill Olsen for a win at 1:32 in the third-place bracket.
Colon then battled, scoring a two-point takedown in the final period to outlast the Bucs’ Camden Bowers, 4-2 for third place.
Elijah Gronewold bounced back from a 14-1 loss to Class A, No. 3-ranked 145-pounder Dylan Herman to claim third-place honors in the 145-pound bracket.
Gronewold pinned the Bucs’ Jordan Stelter at 1:48 in the opening round, before Herman sent the Red Bull into the third-place bracket.
The Red Bull junior then bounced back to pin the Trojans’ Mason Byrne at 2:17, before outlasting the Arrows’ Walker Kor in a 5-3 decision for third.
Class AA, No. 7-ranked 152-pounder Joe Weber captured a third-place finish in the 152-pound bracket.
Weber won his opening round match in a 7-0 decision over the Bucs’ Tanner Wolf.
Minneota’s Nicholas Esping then ended Weber’s title bid, winning their semifinal match 5-2.
Weber came back and pinned Jayhawk wrestler Jesus Lopez at 5:00 in the third-place bracket.
Weber then nearly pinned the Trojans’ Vince Riley, but settled for a 7-1 win for third.
“With conference tournaments and section meets right around the corner, I thought that this meet was a great way to get the wrestlers kind of geared up for that,” said Williamson. “There was great competition at almost every weight, so to come away with eight placers was a good day for us.”
Jared Armon was the final top-three finisher for the Bucs in the 220-pound bracket.
Armon lost to Minneota’s Trent Esping in a 13-6 decision in the opening round.
Armon then took an injury default in the opening round of the third-place bracket, before exacting revenge on Esping and winning 4-2 for third.
Fairmont/Martin County West and Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther will compete in the Valley Conference Meet at 3 p.m. on Friday in Madelia.
Blue Earth Area travels to compete in the South Central Conference Meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday in St. James.
Red Bull Invite
Team Results: 1. Minneota 197.5, 2. Blue Earth Area 180.5, 3. Pipestone 127.5, 4. Fairmont/Martin County West 109, 5. United South Central 102, 6. Worthington 97, 7. Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther 42.5, 8. Waseca 31.
106: Championship: Brock Buysse (MIN) dec. Hser Eh Pwae (WOR), 7-1. 3rd Place: Domonic Alger (USC) dec. Cade King (WAS), 9-2.
113: Championship: Eric Haaswedell (MIN) dec. Zach Buseman (BEA), 4-0. 3rd Place: Michael Suda (PIP) pinned Hser Moo Pwae (WOR), 3:45.
120: Championship: Garrett Ploeger (PIP) dec. Henry Pesch (MIN), 12-8. 3rd Place: Chris Ettesvold (FMCW) pinned Noah Schmidt (WAS), 2:34.
126: Championship: Anthony Luft (WOR) maj. dec. Landyn Van Overbeke (MIN), 14-3. 3rd Place: Jerimiah Colon (MTML) dec. Camden Bowers (BEA), 4-2.
132: Championship: Alec Huber (BEA) dec. Leo Buysse (MIN), 8-4. 3rd Place: Adam Knutson (USC) dec. Justin Gifferson (MTML), 4-0.
138: Championship: Bryce Bruner (MIN) dec. Mike Ankeny (BEA), 5-0. 3rd Place: Matt Harpestad (USC) pinned Levi Bulfer (FMCW), 1:30.
145: Championship: Dylan Herman (USC) dec. Alec Engler (MIN), 3-0. 3rd Place: Elijah Gronewold (FMCW) dec. Walker Kor (PIP), 5-3.
152: Championship: Brady Bos (PIP) dec. Nicholas Esping (MIN), 4-0. 3rd Place: Joe Weber (FMCW) dec. Vince Riley (WOR), 7-1.
160: Championship: Gus Phillips (BEA) dec. Cole Hennen (MIN), 3-2. 3rd Place: Allan Hachmann (PIP) dec. Tanner Lange (FMCW), 5-1.
170: Championship: David Franta (BEA) maj. dec. Will Smith (PIP), 19-8. 3rd Place: Travis Brown (USC) dec. Steve Tierney (MTML), 4-1.
182: Championship: Colten Carlson (USC) pinned Kolt Gorg (BEA), 4:24. 3rd Place: Nic Putnam (WOR) pinned Nathan Gillis, 2:04.
195: Championship: Carson Hagen (WOR) dec. Jake Denn (MTML), 2-1. 3rd Place: Jacob Johnson (BEA) maj. dec. Issac Hernandez (USC), 10-0.
220: Championship: Luis Figueroa (FMCW) dec. Blake Wolters (PIP), 5-1. 3rd Place: Jared Armon (BEA) dec. Trent Esping (MIN), 4-2.
285: Championship: Martin Granados (BEA) pinned Derik Evans (PIP), 0:40. 3rd Place: Adrian Moscoffian (FMCW) pinned Ryan Twedt (MIN), 1:59.