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Sunday, December 31, 2017
Wrestling

Knights Compete in Rumble on the Red

By Kevin Fick - Fargo, ND

Kaden Spindler with a headlever.  PHOTO by TAMMIE OLSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Several weeks ago the West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville Knight wrestlers competed at a jumbo tournament called the Battle at the Big Bear. 40 schools went to war for two days in what at the time was the single largest tournament the Knights had competed in. 

Enter the Rumble on the Red. This colossal event makes the Battle at the Big Bear pale in comparison. Thursday and Friday, December 28 and pitted 84 schools from six states squaring off in the Fargo-dome. To give a perception of the talent level at this venue most weight brackets were as studded with ranked wrestlers as not. 

The tournament is split into two levels. An athlete can opt to the varsity or JV level of wrestling. Of course the goal is to win it all but having spoken with Head Coach of the Knights Brandon Gruchow this tournament was viewed as more of a building block to the next level than proving ones might. His staff and wrestlers were put to the test in every way possible....physically, mentally and emotionally. Through the thousands of matches wrestled the unit competed, learned and grew, as individuals and most importantly a team. 

To survive to day two in a venue like this is a miracle in itself. To land on the medal stand is remarkable. Three Knight grapplers came home with hardware. On the varsity level Sr Kaden Spindler went 4-2 and took home 4th place. At the JV level Sophomore Kaleb Getz went 5-2 and placed 7th. Also at the JV level Sophomore Devin Stone wrestled his way to a 4-3 record placing 8th. 

Coach Gruchow's comments about the 'Rumble',”We were given the opportunity to add The Rumble on the Red to our schedule with the new match count rule.  I have heard many good things about the tournament in the past and thought that it would be worth a try.  One of the things that I liked the best about it was that the JV and Varsity all got to compete at the same time.  It also gave us a taste of what it's like to wrestle in a "Big Tournament" atmosphere.  Many of our wrestlers have never had that opportunity.  When you’re drawing wrestlers from 6 States: Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming you get to wrestle many teams that you have never wrestled.  Plus the talent pool was huge so it tested even our most winning wrestlers on our team.  We chose to wrestle only eight of our wrestlers in the varsity tournament and twenty-four of them in the JV tournament.  Kaden Spindler had a great tournament.  He wrestled smart and he wrestled from whistle to whistle, winning a couple of his matches in the last seconds.  He was our only placer and finished in fourth.  Jordan Lohse, Levi Larkin, and Mason Nibbe also wrestled very well and got a chance to wrestle on day two but all of them came up short of placing.  All though we didn't have multiple guys on the award stand I think this was still a valuable tournament to attend, it allowed our wrestlers to see what is really out there.  There were some extremely talented athletes that we got the opportunity to wrestle...the goal was to wrestle at that high level to help us out at the end of the season.  I truly believe by competing in this tournament our wrestlers will be more prepared come sections and state.” 

Milestones from the week include: Levi Larkin earning his 50th career pin and his 125th career victory.

Wrestling for the Knights will commence Thursday, January 4 in Barrett as WCA/A/B-E hosts the inter-conference and section rival Eagles from New York Mills. Action will begin at 7:30 pm.

 

SCORING SUMMARY:
106
Anthony Sykora (10-7)
Champ. Round 1 - Cameron Davis (Albert Lea Area) 10-4 won by fall over Anthony Sykora (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 10-7 (Fall 3:38)
Cons. Round 1 - Anthony Sykora (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 10-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Zyan Hall (Benilde St. Margarets) 13-5 won by decision over Anthony Sykora (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 10-7 (Dec 10-4)

106
Jordan Lohse (13-4) scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Jordan Lohse (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-4 won by decision over Eric Carrasco (Minneota) 3-7 (Dec 5-3)
Champ. Round 2 - Jordan Lohse (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-4 won by decision over Zyan Hall (Benilde St. Margarets) 13-5 (Dec 9-4)
Champ. Round 3 - Brady Kasprick (Thief River Falls) 12-7 won by major decision over Jordan Lohse (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-4 (MD 11-3)
Cons. Round 4 - Jordan Lohse (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-4 won by major decision over Hayden Johnsrud (Bismarck Century) 17-8 (MD 9-0)
Cons. Round 5 - Dylan Johnson (Perham) 16-6 won by major decision over Jordan Lohse (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-4 (MD 9-0)

132
Chris Onstad (8-5)
Champ. Round 1 - Chris Onstad (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 8-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 - Tyler Shackle (Scott West) 16-6 won by tech fall over Chris Onstad (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 8-5 (TF-1.5 4:11 (17-2))
Cons. Round 2 - Brandon Snyder (Beulah-Hazen) 10-10 won by fall over Chris Onstad (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 8-5 (Fall 1:26)

152
John Barber (4-6)
Champ. Round 1 - Bo Noble (Medford) 7-3 won by fall over John Barber (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 4-6 (Fall 1:58)
Cons. Round 1 - John Barber (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 4-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Kolbe Booker (Moorhead) 16-6 won by decision over John Barber (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 4-6 (Dec 10-4)

160
Kaden Spindler (18-2) placed 4th and scored 20.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Kaden Spindler (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 18-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 - Kaden Spindler (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 18-2 won by fall over Austin Underdahl (Faribault) 10-6 (Fall 1:25)
Champ. Round 3 - Kaden Spindler (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 18-2 won by decision over Riley Habisch (Buffalo) 7-2 (Dec 3-2)
Quarterfinal - Kaden Spindler (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 18-2 won by decision over Collin Haar (Aberdeen Central) 18-2 (Dec 8-5)
Semifinal - Jared Franek (West Fargo) 23-1 won by tech fall over Kaden Spindler (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 18-2 (TF-1.5 5:54 (17-2))
Cons. Semi - Kaden Spindler (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 18-2 won in sudden victory - 1 over Cade Mueller (Waconia) 18-4 (SV-1 5-3)
3rd Place Match - Austin Brenner (Saint Cloud Tech) 17-3 won by decision over Kaden Spindler (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 18-2 (Dec 4-2)

170
Levi Larkin (14-4) scored 10.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Levi Larkin (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 14-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 - Levi Larkin (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 14-4 won by fall over Javis VonRuden (Medford) 5-5 (Fall 1:52)
Champ. Round 3 - Levi Larkin (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 14-4 won by decision over Mark Hastings (Hillsboro-Central Valley) 22-3 (Dec 8-6)
Quarterfinal - Lincoln Shinn (Willmar) 17-2 won by tech fall over Levi Larkin (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 14-4 (TF-1.5 3:51 (15-0))
Cons. Round 6 - Dawson Kellogg (Perham) 21-4 won by decision over Levi Larkin (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 14-4 (Dec 7-3)

182
Wyatt Olson (13-5) scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Wyatt Olson (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 - Thomas Leintz (Beulah-Hazen) 20-8 won by decision over Wyatt Olson (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-5 (Dec 6-4)
Cons. Round 2 - Wyatt Olson (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 - Wyatt Olson (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-5 won by fall over Jack Engle (Sartell-Saint Stephen) 9-7 (Fall 2:35)
Cons. Round 4 - Connor Dennis (Watford City) 24-2 won by fall over Wyatt Olson (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 13-5 (Fall 2:56)

220
Mason Nibbe (12-4) scored 11.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Mason Nibbe (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 12-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 - Mason Nibbe (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 12-4 won by fall over Josh Burrus (Glenrock) 7-6 (Fall 3:41)
Champ. Round 3 - Steven Hajas (Delano) 12-2 won by major decision over Mason Nibbe (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 12-4 (MD 10-2)
Cons. Round 4 - Mason Nibbe (West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville) 12-4 won by fall over Max Fick (Woodbury) 12-7 (Fall 1:08)
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