Friday, December 22 the West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville wrestlers traveled to Morris for a pair of duals with the Minnewaska Area Lakers and the host Morris Area Tigers.
Although the Knights were expected to handle both teams with relative ease, injury, illness and family holiday commitments made life that night more than interesting. Five starters for West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville Knights were out of action and it was time to test the depth of Coach Brandon Gruchow's grapplers.
During the first dual, against the Lakers, the Knights won the two opening bouts by decision and a fall jumping out to a nine point lead. Minnewaska answered with a pair of major decisions closing the gap to 9-8. Following a Laker forfeit and a pin at 138 lbs. by Senior Chris Onstad, WCA/A/B-E regained a comfortable margin by 13 points. Minnewaska would gather another 18 points through two pins and a forfeit and closed the Knights lead to seven points on several occasions but the Knights kept themselves in good position and closed out the dual by a score of 39-32.
Early on the match with Morris was a nail biter. As before, Anthony Sykora and Jordan Lohse provided a 9-0 lead for the Knights but the Tigers roared back winning four of the next five matches, all with bonus points attached. This vaulted Morris Area to a 22-12 advantage. With the Tigers in scoring mode it took a large effort by 8th grader Colton Lindquist whom physically dominated his sophomore opponent at 152 lbs. to stop Morris. Lindquist provided a major decision followed up with a pin by Kaden Spindler that tied the score. Morris Area seemed to throw in the towel as they cast out a pair of forfeits at 170 and 182 lbs, Wyatt Olson put the nail in the coffin with his 2nd period pin. Morris scored once more but the dual was well out of reach. The Knights won by a score of 46-28.
About the evening Coach Gruchow said, ”The guys had to work through some adversity in the Tri at Morris. With a couple of our starting varsity wrestlers on family vacation, a couple sick, and one injured we had to adjust the roster moving new guys into the line-up and moving many of them up and down in weight class to find a way to win. I felt like they adjusted well to the changes, came out and wrestled well, and because of that we put together a couple of good wins. Good teams find a way to win when faced with adversity....I was proud of the way the faced the challenge and worked together to find a way to win in both duals.”
#5 WCA/A/B-E 39, Minnewaska Area 32
106 lb. Anthony Sykora (WCA/A/B-E) over Easton McCrory per decision 8-1.
113 lb. #3 Jordan Lohse (WCA/A/B-E) over Caden Kozial per fall 3:04.
120 lb. Jackson Stadsvold (MWA) over Ruebens Swanson per major decision 13-0.
126 lb. Max Reichmann (MWA) over Beau Robinson per major decision 12-2.
132 lb. Kade Olson (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
138 lb. Chris Onstad (WCA/A/B-E) over Mason Blair per fall 1:20.
145 lb. Mason Blair (MWA) over Hunter Hanson per fall 1:04.
152 lb. Bret Duncan (WCA/A/B-E) over Adam Larson per decision 5-1.
160 lb. #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) over Grant Hendron per decision 5-1.
170 lb.Tyson Meyer (MWA) over Alex Butcher per fall 4:50.
182 lb. #6 Levin Larkin (WCA/A/B-E) over Tanner Steffen per fall :50.
195 lb. #6 Tyler VanLuik (MWA) won per forfeit.
220 lb. Wyatt Olson (WCA/A/B-E) over John Helander per fall 3:09.
285 lb. Jakob Swalla (MWA) over Austin Mattson per fall :42.
#5 WCA/A/B-E 46, MAHACA 28
106 lb. Anthony Sykora (WCA/A/B-E) over Davin Rose per decision 12-11.
113 lb. #3 Jordan Lohse (WCA/A/B-E) over Hunter Gibson per fall 1:05.
120 lb. Ethan Lebrija (MAHACA) over Ruebens Swanson per fall 3:00.
126 lb. Jed Feuchtenberger (MAHACA) over Beau Robinson per fall 2:59.
132 lb. Chris Onstad (WCA/A/B-E) over Ben Travis per decision 6-5.
138 lb. Dalton Rose (MAHACA) over Hunter Hanson per fall 2:19.
145 lb. Gideon Joos (MAHACA) over Bret Duncan per major decision 13-2.
152 lb. Colton Lindquist (WCA/A/B-E) over Colton Wohlers per major decision 8-0.
160 lb. #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) over Brady Cartwell per fall 2:32.
170 lb. Alex Butcher (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
182 lb. #6 Levi Larkin (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
195 lb. Wyatt Olson (WCA/A/B-E) over Bain Laine per fall 3:57.
220 lb. Gage Wevley (MAHACA) over Aaron Holmes per fall :49.
285 lb. Austin Mattson (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.