Wrestling roundup: This night, No. 2 JCC beats No. 1 BBE
Prep wrestling report for Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Second-ranked Huskies top No. 1 Jaguars, 48-19
BELGRADE — Two Class A title hopefuls in Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Jackson County Central took to the wrestling mat on Friday, hoping for a huge momentum boost heading into the postseason.
The Huskies have been on a mission to get back in the title hunt after finishing as a state semifinalist last year before losing 37-36 to Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie.
“They took that loss really hard in the semis; it’s a match I think we win nine times out of 10,” said JCC head coach Nathan Hanson. “I think it really fueled us this year and they’re using that loss to motivate ‘em so they can do everything in their control so it doesn’t happen again.”
In a highly anticipated dual, the No. 2-ranked Huskies flexed their championship muscles, trouncing the top-ranked Jaguars 48-19.
BBE head coach Jack Mueller was direct in his assessment of the dual.
“They spanked us tonight,” said BBE head coach Jack Mueller. “I just told the guys that this proves that ratings don’t mean much. They were the better team tonight.
“We just talked about improving and not letting that loss define our season. They came in here and straight-up beat us. But I think we got a lot of things to work on and I hope like heck that this loss helps us in the long run. I really think it will.”
With both teams keeping the lineup movement to a minimum, JCC jumped out to a 6-0 lead after Isaac Rodriguez got a second-period fall on Louie Tensen to win at 106 pounds.
“Isaac, we didn’t know for sure which way that match would go,” Hanson said. “He went out there and got in trouble one time and got (Tensen) in trouble a couple times (with near falls). The ref could have slapped the mat four or five different times than he did either way. But we ended up on top of that match, which was big.”
That was one of three matchups that had unranked wrestlers for both teams. In those matchups, the Huskies were 3-0. Thomas Freking picked up a first-period fall against Wyatt Engen at 138 and Dylan Withers won a 2-1 decision against Tanner Viessman.
“We told ourselves coming in that we were going to run straight-up against them and I think they were going to do the same against us,” Mueller said. “Both teams wanted to feel each other out. There’s a couple matches that could flip around next time.”
Down 15-0 after three matches, BBE got on the board at 126 when second-ranked Ryan Jensen pinned Landon Andrews in 1 minute, 18 seconds.
Then in a rematch of last year’s 126 state semifinals, Jaguars senior Walker Bents edged Logan Butzon with a 3-0 decision. Bents is ranked first while Butzon is third.
At state in 2021, Bents also got the win in a 4-3 decision, getting an escape and a takedown in the final seven seconds of that match.
“I didn’t take any shots in the first period. The second period, I took my first shot, which I finished,” said Bents, who improved to 34-1. “Next time I see him, I’ll be ready to push the pace and take more shots.”
Another top-ranked BBE wrestler, Blaine Fischer, etched an 11-1 major decision against Isaiah Rodriguez at 152.
With the Jaguars cutting the gap to 25-13, the Huskies put the match out of reach by winning the next four matches. Top-ranked Payton Handevidt won a 7-3 decision for JCC over No. 6 Maximus Hanson at 160. At 170, No. 8 Matt Haley got a tech fall over Evan Young, 16-1. Caleb Vancura, ranked third, won a 5-1 decision at 182 over Carson Gilbert (seventh at 195). And William Freking, ranked fourth, pinned Talen Kampsen in 39 seconds to take the match at 195 and secure the win.
“I told the guys that either we win or we learn,” Mueller said. “Hopefully, that’s valuable heading into sections next week.”
Now, the Jaguars turn their focus to the Section 5A tournament, which Mueller described as a “meat grinder.” Other ranked teams awaiting BBE in the bracket include: No. 5 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, No. 12 Minnewaska (12th) and Minneota, listed as Lean and Mean in rankings by the Guillotine.
The section tournament gets underway on Thursday. The semifinals and finals take place on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Benson.
“We’re hungry. We want it. We’ll be back (to state),” Bents said. “We need to stick to our stuff, have confidence and be ready to wrestle our matches.”
JCC 48, BBE 19
106: Isaac Rodriguez, JCC, pinned Louie Tensen, 3:36
113: Nolan Ambrose, JCC, major dec Brett DeRoo, 14-6120: Kie Anderson, JCC, pinned Ethan Mueller, 1:32
126: Ryan Jensen, BBE, pinned Landon Andrews, 1:18
132: Walker Bents, BBE, dec. Logan Butzon, 3-0
138: Thomas Freking, JCC, pinned Wyatt Engen, 1:55
145: Dylan Withers, JCC, dec. Tanner Viessman, 2-1
152: Blaine Fischer, BBE, maj dec. Isaiah Rodriguez, 11-1
160: Payton Handevidt, JCC, dec. Maximus Hanson, 7-3
170: Matthew Haley, JCC, tech fall over Evan Young, 16-1 (5:51)
182: Caleb Vancura, JCC, dec. Carson Gilbert, 5-1
195: William Freking, JCC, pinned Talen Kampsen, :39
220: Ethan Spanier, BBE, pinned Trace Michelson, 4:58
285: Cameron Scholten, JCC, pinned Bryce Feuerhake, 5:25
Purple Pride Invitational
Becker won the Purple Pride Invitational at Albany with 245 team points.
The Bulldogs, ranked third in Class AA, beat Hutchinson (160) and Kimball (149) for the team title.
New London-Spicer finished seventh in the eight-team tournament with 69 points. Caleb Nelson (120) and Brody Lien (152) had the best showing for the Wildcats with each finishing in third place of their respective weights.
(1) Becker 245 (2) Hutchinson 160 (3) Kimball 149 (4) Albany 112 (5) St. Cloud Tech 110 (6) Sauk Centre/Melrose 72 (7) New London-Spicer 69 (8) Staples-Motley 57
How New London-Spicer fared
Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, place)
113: Carson nelson, 2-1, fifth … 120: Caleb Nelson, 2-1, third … 132: Brock Buffington, 2-1, fifth … 145: Adam Sandau, 1-2, sixth … 152: Brody Lien, 2-1, third … 160: Reid Holmquist, 0-2, fourth; Carson McCain, 2-1, fifth … 170: Grant Hubbard, 1-1, fifth … 182: Sam Gabrielson, 1-1, fifth … 195: Payton Meis, 0-2, sixth
United 43, KMS 15
Team United started off strong with a 28-0 lead through seven matches before coming away with the victory over host Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven.
United is a co-op of wrestlers from Dawson-Boyd, Lac qui Parle Valley and Montevideo.
Keaton Haas had the lone fall for United, getting the pin at 220 pounds.
For the Fighting Saints, Ely Johnson (152) and Coy Gunderson (160) both won by fall.
106: Ben Gunlogson, U, dec. Colton Noble, 3-1
113: Daniel Gunlogson, U, dec. Trey Gunderson, 5-3
120: Unavailable, U, won by forfeit
126: Zander Clausen, U, major dec. Noah Johnson, 12-3
132: Ethan Moravetz, U, won by forfeit
138: Tyler Schickendanz, U, dec. Logan Johnson, 7-4
145: Dain Mortenson, U, dec. Jett Olson, 7-2
152: Ely Johnson, KMS, pinned Noah Meyer, :42
160: Coy Gunderson, KMS, pinned Avery Wittnebel, 5:29
170: Holt Larson, U, dec. Aaron Jones, 6-5
182: Masyn Olson, KMS, dec. Nolan Kwilinski, 11-7
195: Landon Olson, U, dec. Owen Kidrowski, 8-1
220: Keaton Haas, U, pinned Collin Johnson, 1:29
285: Brady Rhode, U, dec. Jason Jones, 6-4
United 67, Benson 12
United went up 42-0 on the way to a convincing win against Benson at Kerkhoven.
Winning by fall for United: Ben Gunlogson (106 pounds); Kameron Sather (113); Daniel Gunlogson (120); Ethan Moravetz (132); Tyler Schickedanz (138); Dain Mortenson (145); Holt Larson (170); Nolan Kwilinski (182); and Zach DeBeer (285).
Nick Bolduc and Thomas Dineen each won by fall for the Braves at 152 and 195, respectively.
106: Ben Gunlogson, U, pinned Gavin Olson, 4:59
113: Kameron Sather, U, pinned Ed Wah, 1:03
120: Daniel Gunlogson, U, pinned Mu tah Wah, 1:45
126: Zander Clause, U, won by forfeit
132: Ethan Moravetz, U, pinned Blake Nagler, 3:41
138: Tyler Schickedanz, U, pinned Alex Whitcup, 4:00
145: Dain Mortenson, U, pinned Jaiden Zimmerman, :21
152: Nick Bolduc, B, pinned Noah Meyer, 1:13
160: Avery Wittnebel, U, dec. Preston McGee, 6-2
170: Holt Larson, U, pinned Aiden Ehmke, 2:19
182: Nolan Kwilinski, U, pinned AJ Klassen, 3:34
195: Thomas Dineen, B, pinned Landon Olson, 4:49
220: Keaton Haas, U, won by forfeit
285: Zach DeBeer, U, pinned Johnny Kobberman, 2:59
KMS 63, BOLD 16
With bonus points in all 11 of its wins, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg cruised to a win over BOLD at Kerkhoven.
Trey Gunderson (113 pounds), Taytan Nielsen (126), Jett Olson (145), Coy Gunderson (170) and Masyn Olson (182) all won by fall for the Fighting Saints.
Austin Kiecker won by fall for the Warriors at 138. Brady Kiecker added a major decision at 120.
106: Colton Noble, KMS, won by forfeit
113: Trey Gunderson, KMS, pinned Tanner Kautz, 1:33
120: Brady Kiecker, B, maj dec Noah Johnson, 11-1
126: Taytan Nielsen, KMS, pinned Trey Zamarron, 4:27
132: Gavin Hammerschmidt, B, won by forfeit
138: Austin Kiecker, B, pinned Logan Johnson, 1:10
145: Jett Olson, KMS, pinned Elijah Swenson, 2:15
152: Ely Johnson, KMS, won by forfeit
160: Chase Magaard, KMS, won by forfeit
170: Coy Gunderson, KMS, pinned Hayden Edwards, 2:41
182: Masyn Olson, KMS, pinned Connor Plumley, 12-6
195: Owen Kidrowski, KMS, won by forfeit
220: Collin Johnson, KMS, won by forfeit
285: Jason Jones, KMS, won by forfeit
Rocori 56, KMS 18
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg got a pair of pins from Trey Gunderson at 106 pounds and Coy Gunderson at 170 in a loss to Rocori at Kerkhoven.
106: Trey Gunderson, KMS, pinned Kameron Moscho, 1:44113: Renner Haven, R, won by forfeit
120: Noah Johnson, KMS, won by forfeit
126: Jack Major, R, pinned Taytan Nielsen, 3:42
132: Blayne Walsh, R, won by forfeit
138: Luke Hemmesch, R, pinned Logan Johnson, 1:13
145: Evan Moscho, R, maj dec Jett Olson, 11-3
152: Austin Moscho, R, maj dec Ely Johnson, 21-9
160: Nathan Soldner, R, dec Aaron Jones, 6-3
170: Coy Gunderson, KMS, pinned Aaron Baisley, 4:36
182: Ryan Rose, R, dec Masyn Olson, 9-4
195: Mason Orth, R, pinned Owen Kidrowski, 3:10
220: Matthew Goebel, R, pinned Collin Johnson, 1:10
285: Braulio Mata Avilles, R, pinned Jason Jones, 1:47
Rocori 60, BOLD 18
Brady Kiecker (120 pounds) won by fall while Gavin Hammerschmidt (132) and Connor Plumley (170) scored decisions for BOLD in a loss to Rocori at Kerkhoven.
106: Ryder Kremers, R, won by forfeit
113: Kameron Moscho, R, pinned Tanner Kautz, 0:41
120: Brady Kiecker, B, pinned Grady Brown, 1:08
126: Jack Major, R, pinned Trey Zammaron, 0:28
132: Gavin Hammerschmidt, B, dec Blayne Walsh, 7-6
138: Austin Kiecker, B, won by forfeit
145: Luke Hemmesch, R, won by forfeit
152: Evan Moscho, R, pinned Elijah Swenson, 1:39
160: Austin Moscho, R, pinned Hayden Edwards, 1:30
170: Connor Plumley, B, dec Aaron Baisley, 3-1
182: Ryan Rose, R, won by forfeit
195: Mason Orth, R, won by forfeit
220: Matthew Goebel, R, won by forfeit
285: Grady Minnerath, R, won by forfeit