Wrestling: Benson nabs a couple of victories

Braves beat Crosby-Ironton, Border West

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In the neutral position, Benson sophomore Thomas Dineen faces Crosby-Ironton senior Kale Dugan in a 195-pound match during Friday's Triangular at Benson High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

BENSON — A flurry of pins ended with A.J. Klassen delivering to Benson a victory over Crosby-Ironton on Friday.

The junior recorded a takedown before pinning Rangers eighth-grader Ben Gripentrog in 1 minute, 39 seconds in a 220-pound match to seal the dual with one match remaining.

The Braves went on to win 42-28 in the first part of a triangular at Benson High School. Benson later defeated Border West 49-22.

“It was just nice to go out there and win it for the team,” Klassen said. “I was just trying to score some points, snap him down and put him in a cow catcher.”

The home team collected five pins, two regular decisions, a technical fall and a major decision against Crosby-Ironton.


“We wrestled well tonight,” Benson head coach Scott Thompson said after the team’s first win. “The bottom half competed well, which put us in the top dual and our top half has a lot of upperclassmen. They wrestled well and did their jobs.”

Benson trailed 22-9 before scoring the next 18 points. Ninth-grader Nick Bolduc started the run after earning an 11-4 decision over Colby Hanson in a 145-pound match. Next, Adam Koosmann pinned Isaac Turner in 57 seconds before Adam Zosel notched an 8-2 decision over Jake Klancher. Nathan Bolduc capped the rally with the quickest fall of the night when he defeated Hayden McGowan in 36 seconds.

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Benson ninth-grader Nick Bolduc looks to control the wrist moments before pinning Crosby-Ironton senior Colby Hanson in a 145-pound match during Friday's Triangular at Benson High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

“Nick Bolduc got a pretty big win for us at 145,” Thompson said. “A couple freshmen going at it there. That was a fun matchup and that was probably a swing match right there.”

Nathan Bolduc’s fall was the first of four straight pins. Mike Fitzpatrick won at 182 as the visitors regain a 28-27 advantage.

Thomas Dineen gave the hosts the lead for good. He improved to 26-0 after steamrolling Kale Dugan in 1:41. The sophomore, who is ranked first in Class A at 195 pounds, scored two quick takedowns before hooking Dugan’s leg and finishing him off with a cradle.

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In the neutral position, Benson sophomore Thomas Dineen faces Crosby-Ironton senior Kale Dugan in a 195-pound match during Friday's Triangular at Benson High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune


“I thought I wrestled (well),” Dineen said. “Each meet is another opportunity and I’m glad we can compete with this crazy year that’s going on. The ultimate goal is to get to the top and my family and friends are helping me get there.”

Benson senior Hae Wah opened the day with a 16-1 technical fall of Mike Anderson at 106 pounds. Fellow senior Colby Hogrefe followed with a 11-2 major decision of Fletscher Peterson at 132. Preston McGee collected the team’s first pin of the day at 138 when he defeated John Fitzpatrick in 1:42.

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Benson ninth-grader Macoy Kurkosky sets up his next move against Crosby-Ironton senior Fletcher Peterson in a 126-pound match during Friday's Triangular at Benson High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Benson Triangular
Benson 42,
Crosby-Ironton 28

106: Hae Wah, B, tech fall Mike Anderson, 16-1
113: Dillian Barna, CI, pinned Mutah Wah, 1:22
120: Cam Durant, CI, pinned Ed Wah, 1:38
126: Colby Hogrefe, B, maj. dec Fletscher Peterson, 11-2
132: Gabe Ridlon, CI, maj. dec Macoy Kurkosky, 10-0
138: Preston McGee, B, pinned John Fitzpatrick, 1:42
145: Nick Bolduc, B, dec Colby Hanson, 11-4
152: Adam Koosmann, B, pinned Isaac Turner, 0:57
160: Adam Zosel, B, dec Jake Klancher, 8-2
170: Nathan Bolduc, B, pinned Hayden McGowan, 0:36
182: Mike Fitzpatrick, CI, pinned Teagan Hogrefe, 1:36
195: Thomas Dineen, B, pinned Kale Dugan, 1:41
220: A.J. Klassen, B, pinned Ben Gripentrog, 1:39
285: Alden Syltie, B, dec Connor Zender, 6-0

Benson 49,
Border West 22

Border West won four of the first five matches before Benson cleaned house the rest of the way to sweep the triangular.

Preston McGee (138), Nathan Bolduc (182), A.J. Klassen (195) and Thomas Dineen (220) each earned pins for the Braves. Hae Wah (106), Nick Bolduc (145) and Alden Syltie (285) added a decision victories.

106: Hae Wah, B, dec Peyton Forcier, 4-2
113: Jude Olson, BW, pinned Ed Wah, 3:13
120: Cole Sykord, BW, pinned Mu Tah Wah, 1:10
126: Eli Larson, BW, tech fall Colby Hogrefe, 18-3
132: Patrick Forcier, BW, tech fall Macoy Kurkosky, 15-0
138: Preston McGee, B, pinned Tucker Weigman, 2:26
145: Nick Bolduc, B, dec Brody Nachbor, 11-4
152: Zach Rosen, B, won by forfeit
160: Adam Koosman, B, maj. dec Jacob Adelman, 14-8
170: Adam Zosel, B, won by forfeit
182: Nathan Bolduc, B, pinned Andrew Hennessey, 5:03
195: A.J. Klassen, B, pinned, A.J. Kvam 3:19
220: Thomas Dineen, B, pinned Noah Adelman, 3:19
285: Alden Syltie, B, dec Isaac Ebnet, 9-2

Delano Triangular
BBE 54, Delano 12

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa piled up pins from Brett DeRoo (106), Wyatt Engen (126), Walker Bents (132), Blaine Fischer (152), Dylan Kampsen (170), Mark Jenniges (195) and Ethan Spanier (220) to beat host Delano.

106: Brett DeRoo, BBE, pinned Landon Hinchcliff, 3:43
113: Cael Olson, D, dec. Tanner Viessman, 8-3
120: Ryan Jensen, BBE, won by forfeit
126: Wyatt Engen, BBE, pinned Aiden Quast, 3:46
132: Walker Bents, BBE, pinned Jadin Vetruba, 1:05
138: Tyler Jensen, BBE, dec. Wally Scherer, 10-6
145: Double forfeit
152: Blaine Fischer, BBE, pinned Dylan McIntire, 3:28
160: Clete Scherer, D, pinned Wyatt Lewis, 3:49
170: Dylan T. Kampsen, BBE, pinned Matthew Coons, 2:59
182: Cooper Wold, BBE, dec. Easton Beniek, 6-0
195: Mark Jenniges, BBE, pinned Ryan Rasmussen, 1:43
220: Ethan Spanier, BBE, pinned Saul Streachek, 3:44
285: Chase McClay, D, dec. Harley Weber, 3-2

Becker 45,
BBE 18

Becker, ranked sixth in the state in Class AA, knocked off Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Delano.


Becker senior Lukas Paulson, ranked fourth in AA at 145, beat the Jaguars’ Blaine Fischer, 7-1. Fischer is ranked third at 145 in Class A.

The Bulldogs’ Adam Jurek, ranked ninth in AA at 152, beat BBE’s Dylan Kampsen, 7-2, at 160.

Becker’s Caden Dewall (No. 2 in AA at 182) won by fall at 195.

BBE’s Ryan Jensen (No. 4 in A at 120), won by a 9-3 decision over Drew May.

BBE’s Walker Bents (No. 3 in A at 126) won by fall in 4:47 at 132. And the Jaguars’ Tyler Jensen (No. 6 in A at 132), scored a 3-1 decision over Owen Angell at 138.

106: Kaden Nicolas, B, dec. Brett DeRoo, 14-8
113: Landen Kujawa, B, pinned Tanner Viesman, 3:00
120: Ryan Jensen, BBE, dec. Drew May, 9-3
126: Wyatt Engen, BBE, pinned Ryan Boecker, 3:02
132: Walker Bents, BBE, pinned Ethan Duncombe, 4:47
138: Tyler Jensen, BBE, dec. Owen Angell, 3-1
145: Lukas Paulson, B, dec. Blaine Fischer, 7-1
152: Mason Doucette, B, pinned Hunter Laage, :16
160: Adam Jurek, B, dec. Dylan T. Kampsen, 7-2
170: Kylen Rish, B,pinned Wyatt Lewis, :29
182: Tyson Ricker, B, pinned Cooper Wold, 1:48
195: Caden Dewall, B, pinned Mark Jenniges, 2:42
220: Brayden Weber, B, dec. Carson Gilbert, 4-2
285: Dylan Kolby, B, dec. Harley Weber, 9-2

Fulda/MCC Triangular
KMS 78,
Fulda/MCC 0

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg completed the shutout against Fulda/Murray County Central at Slayton.

106: Trey Gunderson, KMS, pinned Lucas Kuball, 1:51
113: Noah Johnson, KMS, pinned Torrin Clarke, 1:07
120: Ely Johnson, KMS, dec Aiden Lorenzen, 8-5
126: Chase Magaard, KMS, pinned Denver Ash, 0:56
132: Coy Gunderson, KMS, pinned Noah Mathiowetz, 1:41
138: Jett Olson, KMS, pinned Owen Olsen, 4:41
145: Hunter Wils, KMS, pinned Quentin Lewis, 1:09
152: Luke Froehlich, KMS, dec Carson Klein, 4-0
160: Tanner Schade, KMS, pinned Trace Solt, 4:28
170: Masyn Olson, KMS, pinned Rylan Behnke, 5:13
182: Richard Jones, KMS, pinned Christian Kuball, 5:19
195: Owen Kidrowski, KMS, pinned Jesse Ray, 0:57
220: Brody Forsell, KMS, won by forfeit
285: Jason Jones, KMS, pinned Ryder Henning, 2:51

KMS 37, Canby 28

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won the last five matches of the dual to beat Canby at Slayton.

Emerging victorious for the Fighting Saints late were Mayson Olson at 170, Rick Jones at 182, Owen Kidrowski at 195, Brody Forsell at 220 and Jason Jones at 285.

106: Trey Gunderson, KMS, maj dec Eli Greenman, 15-5
113: Issac Guzman, C, dec Noah Johnson, 9-2
120: Lane Fink, C, maj dec Ely Johnson, 16-2
126: Chase Magaard, KMS, pinned Blake Giese, 3:43
132: Coy Gunderson, KMS, maj dec Lincoln Fink, 13-4
138: Nick Wagner, C, pinned Jett Olson, 3:46
145: Sawyer Drietz, C, pinned Hunter Wilts, 3:57
152: Easton Antony, C, dec Luke Froehlich, 8-6
160: Tanner Drietz, C, pinned Tanner Schade, 1:08
170: Masyn Olson, KMS, pinned Sawyer Verhelst, 1:11
182: Rick Jones, KMS, maj dec Parker Verhelst, 12-4
195: Owen Kidrowski, KMS, won by forfeit
220: Brody Forsell, KMS, dec Josh Steffen, 4-1
285: Jason Jones, KMS, maj dec Gavin Noyes, 12-1

Paynesville Tri
ACGC 72,
Paynesville 3

Paynesville’s Mason McNab won the 106-pound match 2-0 over Trey Schmidt. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City then scored the next 72 points in a row at Paynesville.

ACGC is ranked third in the state in Class A.

Falcons ranked wrestlers winning included: Edwyn Gonzalez (No. 5 in A at 106); Jevon Williams (No. 1 in A at 113); Cole Holien (No. 6 in A at 126); Hayden Straumann (No. 9 in A at 145); Brady Holien (No. 3 in A at 138); Jake Mortenson (No. 10 in A at 152); Taylor Fester (No. 8 in A at 195); and Logan Sherwood (No. 3 in A at 285).

106: Mason McNab, P, dec. Trey Schmidt, 2-0
113: Edwyn Gonzalez, ACGC, pinned Preston Welling, :48
120: Jevon Williams, ACGC, pinned Brandon Hess, 3:05
126: Jayden Kragenbring, ACGC, won by forfeit
132: Hayden Straumann, ACGC, won by forfeit
138: Cole Holien, ACGC, dec. Craig Schmitz, 3-2
145: Brady Holien, ACGC, won by forfeit
152: Jake Mortensen, ACGC, tech fall Trenton LeClaire, 16-0
160: Mason Studemann, ACGC, won by forfeit
170: Logan Straumann, ACGC, major dec. Aaron Mages, 11-1
182: Taylor Fester, ACGC, pinned Peyton Hemmesch, 5:13
195: Jaxon Behm, ACGC, pinned Seth Vearrier, 3:46
220: Terrell Renne, ACGC, pinned Spencer Eisenbraun, 1:00
285: Logan Sherwood, ACGC, won by forfeit

ACGC 58,
Hutchinson 12

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City wound up 2-0 at the triangular with the victory over Hutchinson at Paynesville.

Winning by fall for the Falcons were Edwyn Gonzalez at 106; Cole Holien at 138; Logan Straumann at 170; Jaxon Behm at 220 and Logan Sherwood at 285.

106: Edwyn Gonzalez, ACGC, pinned Max Martin, 1:58
113: Jevon Williams, ACGC, maj dec Raydon Bipes, 15-2
120: Jayden Kragenbring, ACGC, dec Simon Schmitz, 6-0
126: Treyton Card, H, pinned Morgan Kidd, 3:04
132: Hayden Straumann, ACGC, dec Tristian Lang, 5-0
138: Cole Holien, ACGC, pinned Parker Peterson, 0:53
145: Brady Holien, ACGC, pinned Michael Hahn, 1:08
152: Mason Studemann, ACGC, dec Jay Rickertsen, 6-1
160: Jake Mortensen, ACGC, won by forfeit
170: Logan Straumann, ACGC, pinned Eli Kirtz, 1:34
182: Cale Luthens, H, pinned Isaiah Renne, 1:12
195: Taylor Fester, ACGC, dec Brady Andersen, 7-0
220: Jaxon Behm, ACGC, pinned Hayden VanderVoort, 3:15
285: Logan Sherwood, ACGC, pinned Riley Carrigan, 0:21

Hutchinson 48,
Paynesville 15

Hutchinson recorded pins from Max Martin (106), Tristan Lang (138) and Cale Luthens (170) to earn the victory at Paynesville.

Paynesville’s winners included Preston Welling (113), Brandon Hess (120), Peyton Hemmesch (182) and Spencer Eisenbraun (285).

106: Max Martin, H, pinned Mason McNab, 1:31
113: Preston Welling, P, dec. Cody Tews, 5-1
120: Brandon Hess, P, dec. Simon Schmitz, 4-0
126: Nolan McGraw, H, won by forfeit
132: Jay Rickertsen, H, dec. Trenton LeClaire, 8-2
138: Tristian Lang, H, pinned Craig Schmitz, 5:13
145: Micheal Hahn, H, won by forfeit
152: Jay Rickertsen, H, dec. Trenton LeClaire, 8-2
160: Double forfeit
170: Cale Luthens, H, pinned Aaron Mages, 3:13
182: Peyton Hemmesch, P, pinned Eli Kirtz, 1:41
195: Brady Andersen, H, dec. Seth Vearrier, 3-1
220: Hayden VanderVoort, H, won by forfeit
285: Spencer Eisenbraun, H, dec. Riley Carrigan, 3-0

D-C/Litchfield 47,
W-M 15

Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield beat Watertown-Mayer in a matchup of state-ranked Wright County Conference teams at Cokato.

D-C/Litch is ranked fourth in Class AA. The Royals are ranked seventh.

At 126, Gabe Nelson came away with a 3-1 decision in overtime against Jonah Hamberger. Hamberger is 10th at 120 pounds while Nelson is unranked.

Another unranked DC/Litch wrestler beat a ranked opponent as Tate Link got a 14-5 major decision on Tanner Burmeister at 170. Burmeister is ranked ninth at 170.

A top-10 matchup at 195 went D-C/Litch’s way as Beau Nelson got a 7-1 decision against Ashton Congdon. Nelson is ranked eighth while Congdon is ninth.

Andrew Joedeman (106) and Eddie Simes (152) both won by fall for D-C/Litch.

106: Andrew Joedeman, DC/L, pinned Eli Hamberger, 5:09
113: Victor Franco, DC/L, tech fall Parker Jackson, 21-6
120: Alex Joedeman, DC/L, dec Aaron Bury, 7-1
126: Gabe Nelson, DC/L, dec Jonah Hamberger, 3-1 (OT)
132: Austin Gabbert, W-M, dec Monte Gillman, 7-2
138: Jerry Simes, DC/L, tech fall Jaden Palmer, 15-0
145: Bryce Burkett, W-M, pinned Brandon Hackbarth, 3:18
152: Eddie Simes, DC/L, pinned Steven Duske, 1:16
160: Jude Link, DC/L, tech fall Jonah Blakstad, 22-7
170: Tate Link, DC/L, maj dec Tanner Burmeister, 14-5
182: Will O’Brien, DC/L, dec Jackson Drahos, 1-0
195: Beau Nelson, DC/L, dec Ashton Congdon, 7-1
220: Hayden Hoernemann, DC/L, maj dec Jason Fenske, 13-4

285: Hunter Stein, W-M, pinned Ben Almazan, 3:31

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