Sports bring out many principles when it comes to competition. How a team or individual goes after what they want can be decided by many factors. The common notion of having a goal to be successful is certainly one, and in fact, drives many of the others. Having watched the West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville wrestlers compete last week, it brings to mind another; a goal of being valuable.
Recognizing and understanding ones value when tied to a team cannot be overstated. In the sport of wrestling, this can come in many forms. Is it the grapplers job to pick up six points by fall or three by decision? Perhaps his job during a match may be to play defense, defending a fall limiting the other teams gains. Is he a starter or a substitute that comes off the bench when asked and gathers points for his team? Perhaps wrestler is matched up against a powerhouse in order to use another wrestler's scoring ability elsewhere to help the squad. Like any other sport, wrestling can be played heads up or, when under the tutelage of a savvy coach, the team may look for mismatches to gain position.
WCA/A/B-E does all of the above. Head Coach Brandon Gruchow puts his wrestlers in the best position possible to help each other. Each member of Knight Wrestling has a value to the team, although it may not always be the same and in many of the contests changes by the match, these young men are finding out the meaning of the word valuable. They are finding out that when having value becomes a goal, the success automatically attracts itself to them.
In no small feat the wrestlers produced another 4-0 week. Thursday found the group in Bertha dispatching a pair of Section 6A teams in the 2-8 Barnesville Trojans and the 7-8 Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie Raiders. Friday they traveled to Browerville and knocked off the 13-5 #3 ranked Minneota Vikings and the AA powerhouse 16-8 Pierz Pioneers. When looking at the match scores below it is apparent that it took every wrestler who hit the mat, to at some point, pull his weight in order to score or slow down the other team. That...is value!
About the night in Browerville Coach Gruchow said, “Our guys rose up just as we had hoped. We put together two solid performances. It’s fun to see the guys wrestle for the team and leave it all out on the mat.” A captain of the Knights Kaleb Getz added, “It was a great team effort. The people who needed to step up stepped up. It was an all-around good night for us.”
WCA/A/B-E will be back in action Tuesday, January 30 when they travel to Frazee to face the #2 ranked 18-5 Hornets. Thursday, February 1 the Knights have a triangular in Belgrade with the 10-6 Royalton-Upsala Royals and the 17-2 #9 ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars. Saturday the team participates in the Park Region Conference tournament, hosted by Royalton-Upsala.
Thursday, January 25 Bertha, MN #4 WCA/A/B-E 60, Barnesville 13
106 lb: Anthony Sykora (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
113 lb: #4 Jordan Lohse (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
120 lb: Chase Brenner (BARN) over Reubens Swanson per fall 1:18.
126 lb: Kaleb Getz (WCA/A/B-E) over Wyatt Roller per fall 3:35.
132 lb: Chris Onstad (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
138 lb: Kade Olson (WCA/A/B-E) over Nathan Rehder per fall 0:51.
145 lb. #2 Brady Tweeton (BARN) over Hunter Mickelsen per major decision 13-2.
152 lb: John Barber (WCA/A/B-E) over Tanner Kadrmas per decision 7-5.
160 lb: #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
170 lb: #9Levi Larkin (WCA/A/B-E) over Preston Snobl per decision 6-1.
182 lb: Wyatt Olson (WCA/A/B-E) over Alex Jenison per fall 1:47.
195 lb: Mark Adams (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
220 lb: #6 Mason Nibbe (WCA/A/B-E) over Jackson Poepping per fall 4:32.
285 lb: Tyler Stage (BARN) over Devin Stone per overtime decision 5-3.
#4 WCA/A/B-E 45, Bertha-Hewitt- Verndale -Parkers Prairie 27
106 lb: Anthony Sykora (WCA/A/B-E) over Deagen Captain per fall 4:49.
113 lb: #6 Quinn Kern (BHVP) over #4 Jordan Lohse per overtime decision 3-1.
120 lb: Jason Koehn (BHVP) over Reubens Swanson per major decision 12-4.
126 lb: Kaleb Getz (WCA/A/B-E) over Brock Peterson per fall 4:18.
132 lb: Chris Onstad (WCA/A/B-E) over Trever Arceneau per decision 8-5.
138 lb: Devin Dean (BHVP) over Hunter Hanson per fall 1:22.
145 lb: Hunter Mickelsen (WCA/A/B-E) over Mason Schroeder per fall 3:07.
152 lb: Gideon Ervasti (BHVP) over John Barber per major decision 15-6.
160 lb: #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) over Charles Klipperness per fall :13.
170lb: #9Levi Larkin (WCA/A/B-E) over Carter Rokes per fall 1:27.
182 lb: #2 Holton Truax (BHVP) won per forfeit.
195 lb: Wyatt Olson (WCA/A/B-E) over Tyler Eggert per fall 1:03.
220 lb: #6Mason Nibbe (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
285 lb: #3 Craig Orlando (BHVP) over Devin Stone per major decision 14-4.
New rankings via the Guilotine were released Friday, January 26.
Friday, January 26 at Browerville, MN
#5 WCA/A/B-E 36, #3 Minneota 28
106 lb: Eric Carrasco (MINN) over Anthony Sykora per major decision
113 lb: #6 Jordan Lohse (WCA/A/B-E) over Jonah Gruenes per decision 6-0.
120 lb: Kade Lozinski (MINN) over Reubens Swanson per major decision 13-0.
126 lb: #10 Kaleb Getz (WCA/A/B-E) over James Gednalske per fall 1:08.
132 lb: #6 Teddy Pesch (MINN) over Chris Onstad per major decision 10-0.
138 lb: Blake Reiss (MINN) over Kade Olson per fall 5:10.
145 lb: #6 Cole Vanoverbeke (MINN) over Hunter Mickelsen per major decision 10-2.
152 lb: Kyle Banks (MINN) over John Barber per fall :53.
160 lb: Alex Butcher (WCA/A/B-E) over Justin Johnson per fall 1:09.
170 lb: #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) over Josh Laleman per fall 1:26.
182 lb: #10Levi Larkin (WCA/A/B-E) over #8 Shawn Buysse per decision 2-1.
195 lb: Wyatt Olson (WCA/A/B-E) over Layne Lozinski per decision 6-2.
220 lb: Devin Stone (WCA/A/B-E) over Jackson Esping per decision 6-4.
285 lb: #6 Mason Nibbe (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
#5 WCA/A/B-E 33, #16 AA Pierz 32
106 lb: Anthony Sykora (WCA/A/B-E) over Cale Becker per fall 1:32.
113 lb: #8 Brandon Funk (PIER) over #6 Jordan Lohse per decision 3-0.
120 lb: Ross Boser (PIER) over Reubens Swanson per major decision 11-2.
126 lb: #10 Kaleb Getz (WCA/A/B-E) over #7 Jake Andres per decision 3-1.
132 lb: Chris Onstad (WCA/A/B-E) over Riley Hoskins per decision 4-0.
138 lb: Austin Radunz (PIER) over Hunter Hanson per fall :41.
145 lb: Hunter Mickelsen (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
152 lb: Brandon Tomala (PIER) over Bret Duncan per fall 2:53.
160 lb: #2 Kaden Spindler (WCA/A/B-E) won per forfeit.
170 lb: #10 Levi Larkin (WCA/A/B-E) over #6 Reese Kapsner per decision 3-1.
182 lb: #8 Jalen Jansen (PIER) over Wyatt Olson per major decision 14-5.
195 lb: Luke Girtz (PIER) over Mark Adams per fall 1:15.
220 lb: #7 Carson Huls (PIER) over #6 Mason Nibbe per decision 5-4.
285 lb: Devin Stone (WCA/A/B-E) over Jacob Gotvald per fall 2:17.