The West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville Knight grapplers got after it this week jumping into the dual heavy portion of their schedule and finishing the week with 4 wins.
The #4 ranked 10-1 Knights opened competition Thursday in Wadena facing a pair of Section 6A opponents in the 3-11 hometown Wolverines and the 4-5 Breckenridge Cowboys. Although the Knights won both duals and outscored opponents by a margin of 133 to 19 the team seemed a bit off. There were a bevy of falls and competitive matches wrestled but the energy level was not at a pitch. Perhaps this happens when facing opponents with a plethora of forfeit holes or possibly the team was looking past opponents but whatever the case it caught more than just this writers attention.
Head Coach Brandon Gruchow explained the triangular like this,”Tonight we got two wins against section opponents so that's always a good thing. However, I didn't feel like as a team we got after it tonight on the mat. There were some individuals that did come out and wrestle well, I just feel like as a group we could have came out a little more on fire. We will not be able to wrestle like we did tonight when we take on KMS and Pipestone tomorrow and expect to win.”
Friday the team traveled south to Kerkhovan to face a pair of Class A sluggers in the 9-12 Section 3A Pipestone Area Arrows and the #13 ranked 9-6 Section 5A Kerkhovan-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints. Both teams were entrants in last years state tournament and both teams boast quality wrestlers who can flip a score in the blink of an eye. The Knights showed up with the ears pinned back and took care of business on the mat. Although Pipestone was a bit down from last season KMS was ready for battle. During the dual with the Fighting Saints there were more lead changes in the contest than the last three minutes of the Viking Saints game a week ago. In total the lead changed hands six times. WCA/A/B-E looked sharp and took home two victories over quality teams.
Coach Gruchow added, “It takes everyone to win against good teams like KMS and Pipestone. Tonight was a much better representation of what we can accomplish when we put in a full team effort. We have to move guys around and make adjustments....it takes everyone. Our guys responded well and took charge, this is a good building block to what lies ahead of us in the weeks to come.”
The grapplers will have a busy week ahead of them again as they wrestle a make up triangular in Bertha on Thursday night versus the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie Raiders and the Barnesville Trojans. Friday the team will travel to Browerville for a dual tournament in which they face the #7 Class A Minneota Vikings and the #16 Class AA Pierz Pioneers.
1/18/18 Wadena, MN
#4 WCA/A/B-E 74 Wadena-Deer Creek 3
106 lb. Anthony Sykora (WCA/A/B-E)) over Simon Snyder per fall 3:04.
113 lb: #4 Jordan Lohse (WCA/A/B-E) over Bel Snyder per fall 1:45.
120 lb: Reubens Swanson (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
126 lb: Kaleb Getz (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
132 lb: Chris Onstad (WCA/A/B-E) over Jayson Young per decision 6-5.
138 lb: Hunter Hanson (WCA/A/B-E) over Isaac Hale per fall 1:57.
145 lb: Bret Duncan (WCA/A/B-E) over Mitchel Haman per fall 3:26.
152 lb: John Barber (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
160 lb: #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) over Cody Wheeler per tech fall 19-4 5:48.
170 lb: Steven Erkenbrack (WDC) over #9 Levi Larkin per decision 3-2.
182 lb: Wyatt Olson (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
195 lb: Aaron Holmes (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
220 lb: #6 Mason Nibbe (WCA-A/B-E) won per forfeit.
285 lb: Devin Stone (WCA/A/B-E) over Logan Wegscheid per fall 1:19.
#4 WCA/A/B-E 59 Breckenridge 16
106 lb: Anthony Sykora (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
113 lb: Reubens Swanson (WCA/A/B-E) over Zane Mikkelson per fall 0:39.
120 lb: Zach Haire (BREC) over #4 Jordan Lohse per major decision 11-2.
126 lb: Kaleb Getz (WCA/A/B-E) over Aidan Ruddy per tech fall 17-1 4:34.
132 lb: Chris Onstad (WCA/A/B-E) over Dylan Pearson per fall 3:31.
138 lb: Hunter Hanson (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
145 lb: Hunter Mickelsen (WCA/A/B-E) over Austin Snobl per fall 1:50.
152 lb: Mason Meyer (BREC) over John Barber per decision 7-6.
160 lb: #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
170 lb: Alex Butcher (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
182 lb: #9Levi Larkin (WCA/A/B-E) over Isaac Thoeness per fall 1:01.
195 lb: Daniel Erlandson (BREC) over Wyatt Olson per decision 3-1.
220 lb: Tanner Differding (BREC) over Devin Stone per fall 3:03.
285 lb: #6Mason Nibbe (WCA/A/B-E) over Gabe Diaz per fall 1:00.
1/19/18 Kerkhovan, MN
#4 WCA/A/B-E 51 Pipestone Area 22
106 lb: Anthony Sykora (WCA/A/B-E) over Allen Tubbs per fall 1:25.
113 lb: Reubens Swanson (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
120 lb: Grant Budden (PIAR) over #4 Jordan Lohse per O.T. decision 4-2.
126 lb: #1 Michael Suda (PIAR) over Kaleb Getz per fall 2:44.
132 lb: #1 Hunter Burnett (PIAR) over Kade Olson per fall 1:50.
138 lb: Eric Lange (PIAR) over Chris Onstad per major decision 9-1.
145 lb: Hunter Mickelsen (WCA/A/B-E) over Carson Wipf per fall 3:40.
152 lb: Jesse Fenton (PIAR) over John Barber per decision 8-1.
160 lb: Alex Butcher (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
170 lb: #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
182 lb: #9 Levi Larkin (WCA/A/B-E) over #6 Garrett Ploeger per decision 11-6.
195 lb: Wyatt Olson (WCA/A/B-E) over Caden Miller per fall 1:09.
220 lb: #6Mason Nibbe (WCA/A/B-E) over Jamison VanderWal per fall 2:37.
285 lb: Devin Stone (WCA/A/B-E) over Mason Krakow per fall 0:59.
#4 WCA/A/B-E 37 #13 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 25
106 lb: Coy Gunderson (KMS) over Anthony Sykora per decision 5-3.
113 lb: #1 Will Magaard (KMS) over #4 Jordan Lohse per major decision 14-2.
120 lb: Reubens Swanson (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
126 lb: Kaleb Getz (WCA/A/B-E) over Jared Carlson per decision 5-1.
132 lb: #9 Jonathan Tostenson (KMS) over Kade Olson per decision 8-4.
138 lb: Chris Onstad (WCA/A/B-E) over Luke Hoefer per decison 12-10.|
145 lb: Caleb Collins (KMS) over Hunter Mickelsen per major decision 9-1.
152 lb: #7 Dylan Rudningen (KMS) over Bret Duncan per tech fall 18-3 3:45.
160 lb: #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) over Richard Jones per fall 1:27.
170 lb: #9 Levi Larkin (WCA/A/B-E) over Ethan Peters per fall 1:00.
182 lb: Wyatt Olson (WCA/A/B-E) over Michael Doubek per major decision 15-1.
195 lb: Marc Collins (KMS) over Aaron Holmes per fall :59.
220 lb: #6 Mason Nibbe (WCA/A/B-E) over Ryan Torkelson per decision 9-7.
285: Devin Stone (WCA/A/B-E) over Brody Forsell per fall 2:58.