Red Bulls advance to section team semis
WORTHINGTON – The Section 3AA, South Sub-Section No. 2-seeded Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls pinned a 55-13 team-meet quarterfinal loss on the No. 3-seeded New Ulm Eagles during Section 3AA wrestling action on Tuesday night in Worthington.
The Red Bulls (12-4) advance to face Class AA, No. 9-ranked and North Sub-Section No. 1-seeded Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United in the sectional team semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday in Granite Falls.
New Ulm finished its season with a 12-12 record.
The Red Bulls earned seven pins on their way to the sectional victory on Tuesday.
The Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead after Sean Howk pinned Christian Hugget in 3:56 at 106 pounds.
Collin Steuber and Chris Ettesvold then bounced the Red Bulls back on top with the first of 11 match victories.
Steuber pinned 113-pounder Hunter Ranweiler in 3:43, before Ettesvold shut out Ryan Wacker 2-0 at 120 pounds.
Mario Maldonado then followed that with a 10-0 win over New Ulm’s Taylor Bode, before Christopher Krenz pinned Austin Iles at 2:19 in the 132-pound match.
Austin Brandes snapped the Red Bulls’ winning streak by claiming a 12-4 major decision over Levi Bulfer in the 138-pound match, before the Red Bulls responded with three straight wins.
Elijah Gronewold outlasted the Eagles’ Jagger Hoffman in a 3-2 decision, before Class AA, No. 8-ranked 152-pounder Joe Weber pinned Matt Deslauries at 3:27 in the 152-pound match.
The Red Bulls’ Tanner Lange then completed the trifecta with a pin of Riley Shelgren in 2:02 at 160 pounds.
Nathan Gillis, Kory Brown, Luis Figueroa and Adrian Moscoffian combined for the final four match victories for the Red Bulls.
Gillis pinned Cole Wilfahrt at 2:27 in the 182-pound match, before Kory Brown downed Lorenzo Hernandez in a 5-1 decision.
Figueroa and Moscoffian then scored back-to-back pins, with Figueroa pinning Braxton Greenwaldt in 5:11 and Moscoffian downing Nathan Berg in 4:17 at 220 and 285 pounds, respectively.
Sam Hoppe took the last of the Eagles three victories at 170 pounds, beating Harley Luhmann in a 5-1 decision.
FHS/MCW 55, New Ulm 13
106: Sean Howk (NU) pinned Christian Hugget, 3:56.
113: Collin Steuber (F/MCW) pinned Hunter Ranweiler, 3:43.
120: Chris Ettesvold (F/MCW) dec. Ryan Wacker, 2-0.
126: Mario Maldonado (F/MCW) major dec. Taylor Bode, 10-0.
132: Christopher Krenz (F/MCW) pinned Austin Iles, 2:19.
138: Austin Brandes (NU) dec. Levi Bulfer, 12-4.
145: Elijah Gronewold (F/MCW) dec. Jagger Hoffman, 3-2.
152: Joe Weber (F/MCW) pinned Matt Deslauries, 3:27.
160: Tanner Lange (F/MCW) pinned Riley Shelgren, 2:25.
170: Sam Hoppe (NU) dec. Harley Luhmann, 5-1.
182: Nathan Gillis (F/MCW) pinned Cole Wilfahrt, 2:27.
195: Kory Brown (F/MCW) dec. Lorenzo Hernandez, 5-1.
220: Luis Figueroa (F/MCW) pinned Braxton Greenwaldt, 5:11.
285: Adrian Moscoffian (F/MCW) pinned Nathan Berg, 4:17.