Prep Wrestling Roundup: Willmar gets back at it with a big win over Hibbing

Cardinals, after a long layoff, beat Bluejackets 61-18

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Willmar sophomore Daunte Castellano, left, goes for a takedown on Hibbing's Alex Henderson during their 285-pound match Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at Willmar Middle School. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
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WILLMAR — After missing out on matches last week, the Willmar wrestling team was excited to get on the mat one more time in 2021.

Hosting Hibbing for a dual meet at Willmar Middle School, the seventh-ranked (Class AAA) Cardinals had little trouble in a 61-18 victory.

It was Willmar’s first meet since having to bow out of a triangular against St. Cloud and Bemidji on Dec. 23 due to several wrestlers being out due to influenza.

“I’d say we had about a dozen of our guys out with the flu,” said Cardinals head coach Ed Oehlers. “We were able to get (St. Cloud and Bemidji) back on the schedule, which was the big thing, and we were able to have this home event.

“A couple guys, some things popped up earlier this week and we didn’t wrestle or practice (with) those guys. The rest of the guys came back strong. The squad’s looking good.”


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Willmar freshman Steven Cruze, left, goes for a takedown on Hibbing's Jack Bautch during their 152-pound match Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at Willmar Middle School. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

With Hibbing being in the area to compete in Benson’s invitational on Friday, the Cardinals were able to put together one final match in 2021.

“It was nice for Hibbing to travel all this way to get some matches,” Oehlers said.

“We had some good individual matchups and the guys wrestled well.”

The Cardinals were able to score bonus points in seven of their matches. Ivan Mares-Ciriaco started it off at 120 pounds with a fall on the Bluejackets’ Gabe Martin right before the buzzer in the first period.

Cameron Champagne (138) also scored a first-period fall, pinning Jacoby Ekanem in 57 seconds.

Isaac Zelaya-Velasquez (145), Steven Cruze (152) and Daunte Castellano (285) also won by fall for Willmar. Conlan Carlson (132) and Jonas Anez (182) finished with tech falls.


“Some of our guys got to see some good wrestlers with a different style tonight,” Oehlers said. “I noticed a lot with these (Hibbing) guys that the defense they use on shots, they try to use their hips a lot to scoot around rather than the traditional straight-on sprawls. Our guys had to fight through that.”

The Cardinals have a pair of meets next week. Fergus Falls and Rocori come to Willmar on Thursday for a Central Lakes Conference triangular. Then on Saturday, Jan. 8, Willmar is set to compete in the Eden Prairie Duals.

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Willmar freshman Conlan Carlson, top, tries to roll Hibbing's Ethan Roy onto his back during their 132-pound match Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at Willmar Middle School. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Willmar 61,
Hibbing 18

106: Cavin Carlson, W, won by forfeit
113: Christian Jelle, H, pinned Eli Heinen, 4:44
120: Ivan Mares-Ciriaco, W, pinned Gabe Martin, 2:00
126: Sully Anez, W, won by forfeit
132: Conlan Carlson, W, tech fall Ethan Roy, 21-5
138: Cameron Champagne, W, pinned Jacoby Ekanem, 0:57
145: Isaac Zelaya-Velasquez, W, pinned Luke Tichy, 2:44
152: Steven Cruze, W, pinned Jack Bautch, 3:08
160: Braeden Erickson, W, dec Bryson Larrabee, 6-3
170: Cooper Hendrickson, H, pinned Joe Kallevig, 3:10
182: Jonas Anez, W, tech fall Thomas Hagen, 23-8
195: Drew Shay, H, pinned Jacob Leiva, 1:46
220: Mason Swanson, W, won by forfeit
285: Daunte Castellano, W, pinned Alex Henderson, 2:58

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Willmar junior Braeden Erickson, left, hangs onto Hibbing's Bryson Larrabee during their 160-pound match Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at Willmar Middle School. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Rumble on the Red

Team United’s Daniel Gunlogson and Keaton Haas each had second-place finishes in the 62-team Rumble on the Red at the FargoDome in Fargo, N.D.

Gunlogson took second at 113 pounds, finishing with a 4-1 record. Haas took second at 220, also going 4-1.


The duo helped the co-op made up of Dawson-Boyd, Lac qui Parle Valley and Montevideo to tie for ninth place with Wayzata. Each had 76.5 points. Jackson County Central took first with 156.5 points, beating Stillwater (145.5) and Bismarck, N.D., (111.5).

Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield finished 15th with 68 points. The Chargin’ Dragons got a first-place finish from Jude Link at 160 pounds, where Link went 5-0. Victor Franco went 5-2 at 120 to take fourth.

Team scoring
(1) Jackson County Central 156.5 (2) Stillwater 145.5 (3) Bismarck (N.D.) 111.5 (4) Waconia 110.5 (5) Big Lake 107 (6) Royalton/Upsala 96.5 (7) New Prague 95.5 (8) Rapid City Stevens (S.D.) 79.5 (9t) Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo; and Wayzata 76.5 (11) Forest Lake 75 (12) Albert Lea 73.5 (13) Prior Lake 71.5 (14) West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville 68.5 (15) Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield 68 (16) St. Thomas Academy 65.5 (17) Aitkin 64 (18) Thief River Falls 62.5 (19) St. Francis 62 (20) Kimball 60 (21) Jamestown (N.D.) 56 (22) Mounds View 51.5 (23) Perham 49 (24) Minot (N.D.) 48.5 (25t) New Salem-Almont (N.D.); Valley City (N.D.); and Woodbury 48 (28) United North Central 47.5 (29) Bismarck Legacy (N.D.) 47 (30t) Byron; and Foley 46.5 (32) Tri-City United 46 (33) Lakeville North 44.5 (34) Faribault 43.5 (35) Crookston 41 (36) Grand Island (Neb.) 39 (37) Medford 36.5 (38t) Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted; and West Fargo (N.D.) 36 (40) Bismarck Century (N.D.) 35 (41) Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 31 (42) West Fargo Sheyenne (N.D.) 30 (43) Sartell 29 (44) Carrington (N.D.) 28.5 (45) Delano 21 (46) Bishop Ryan (N.D.) 19 (47t) Bismarck St. Mary’s (N.D.); Kindred (N.D.); and Mankato West 17 (50) Dickinson (N.D.) 15 (51) Coon Rapids 14 (52) Fargo Davies (N.D.) 12.5 (53) Fargo North (N.D.) 11 (54) Mahnomen-Waubun 10 (55t) Minnetonka; and Rugby (N.D.) 7 (57) Eagan 6 (58t) Pine Island; and Watford City (N.D.) 5 (60) Fargo South (N.D.) 3 (61) Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm (N.D.) 2 (62) Moorhead 0
How Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield fared
Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, place)
120: Victor Franco, 5-2, fourth … 126: Gabe Nelson, 2-2 … 138: Devin Steinhaus, 1-2 … 145: Monte Gillman, 0-2 … 152: Shelby Fischer Lund, 2-2… 160: Jude Link, 5-0, first … 170: Tate Link, 2-2
How Team United fared
Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, place)
106: Grayson Olson, 3-2 … 113: Daniel Gunlogson, 4-1, second … 120: Zander Clausen, 3-2 … 126: Ethan Moravetz, 1-2 … 132: Tyler Schickedanz, 0-2 … 138: Isaac Moravetz, 0-2 … 160: Avery Wittnebel, 2-2 … 170: Holt Larson, 0-2 … 220: Keaton Haas, 4-1, second

AML quad
ACGC 39,
Annandale/ML 36

Down 33-6 with seven matches to go, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City came back to get a three-point victory against host Annandale/Maple Lake in the Lightning’s quadrangular at Maple Lake.

The Falcons finished the day 3-0, getting wins over Irondale (57-24) and Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson (53-9).

Terrell Renne got a second-period pin for ACGC to win at 220 pounds. A forfeit by Annandale/Maple Lake at 285 locked up the victory for ACGC.

Cole Holien (138), Brady Holien (152) and Logan Straumann (170) also won by fall, with Cole and Brady each winning in the first period.

106: Cassen Brumm, A/ML, won by forfeit
113: Ayden Fitzgerald, A/ML, won by forfeit
120: Noah Gindele, A/ML, won by forfeit
126: Xavier Jones, A/ML, won by forfeit
132: Mitchell Koss, A/ML, pinned Edwyn Gonzalez, 0:39
138: Cole Holien, ACGC, pinned Nathan Zander, 0:47
145: Zach Pribyl, A/ML, dec Jevon Williams, 8-5
152: Brady Holien, ACGC, pinned Nick Olson, 1:33
160: Mason Studemann, ACGC, maj dec Shay McClory, 9-1
170: Logan Straumann, ACGC, pinned Alex Sundberg, 2:17
182: Jake Mortenson, ACGC, tech fall Jake Vassar, 16-1
195: Riley Hall, A/ML, dec Isaiah Renne, 6-3
220: Terrell Renne, ACGC, pinned James Meumissen, 3:03
285: Jaxon Behm, ACGC, won by forfeit

ACGC 57,
Irondale 24

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City won 10 straight matches to close out its dual meet with Irondale in Maple Lake.

Edwyn Gonzalez (132 pounds), Cole Holien (138), Jevon Williams (145), Brady Holien (152), Jake Mortensen (182), Terrell Renne (220) and Jaxon Behm (285) all won by fall for the Falcons. Mason Studemann (160), Logan Straumann (170) and Isaiah Renne (195) each won by tech fall.

106: Arlo Brinkman, I, won by forfeit
113: Brandon Lee, I, won by forfeit
120: Ryder Jacobs, I, won by forfeit
126: Jack Metz, I, won by forfeit
132: Edwyn Gonzalez, ACGC, pinned Matthew Arens, 5:19
138: Cole Holien, ACGC, pinned Daniel Osmond, 0:16
145: Jevon Williams, ACGC, pinned Carson Bockenhauer, 2:49
152: Brady Holien, ACGC, pinned Romer Pugh, 0:54
160: Mason Studemann, ACGC, tech fall Calvin Brinkman, 16-0
170: Logan Straumann, ACGC, tech fall Azeil Bestman, 15-0
182: Jake Mortensen, ACGC, pinned David Baek, 1:19
195: Isaiah Renne, ACGC, tech fall Grayden Campbell, 16-1
220: Terrell Renne, ACGC, pinned Omar Abusara, 1:17
285: Jaxon Behm, ACGC, pinned Tenzin Lhawang, 4:48

ACGC 53,
Pine City/H-F 9

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City easily handled Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson, with Brady Holien (152 pounds), Logan Straumann (170), Jake Mortensen (182), and Isaiah Renne (195) each scoring pins.

106: Double forfeit
113: Double forfeit
120: Braxton Peetz, PC, won by forfeit
126: Double forfeit
132: Edwyn Gonzalez, ACGC, won by forfeit
138: Cole Holien, ACGC, won by forfeit
145: Jevon Williams, ACGC, won by forfeit
152: Brady Holien, ACGC, pinned John Mead, 2:40
160: Mason Studemann, ACGC, tech fall Damien Torgerson, 17-1
170: Logan Straumann, ACGC, pinned Ethan Perrotti, 0:33
182: Jake Mortensen, ACGC, pinned Jace Preston, 1:47
195: Isaiah Renne, ACGC, pinned Logan Klecki, 0:35
220: Justin Matson, PC, dec Jaxon Behm, 6-1

285: Terrell Renne, ACGC, won by forfeit

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