TRUMAN - The Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther Jayhawks won one of three dual meets in wrestling action on Tuesday in Truman.
After losing 36-30 to Maple River in a make-up Valley Conference dual, the Jayhawks traded a pair of victories during triangular wrestling action, defeating Mankato East 42-32 and falling 60-16 to Class A, No. 6-ranked Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial.
Freshman Cole Pietsch and seventh-grader Jeremiah Colon opened up the dual against the Cougars with back-to-back wins to take the early lead for the Jayhawks.
SNAP-DOWN?MOVE — Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther wrestler Adam Cooling (right) snaps down Maple River’s Lukas Trio during 170-pound Valley Conference action on Tuesday night in Truman. Cooling, who’s ranked No. 1 at 160 pounds in Class A, went on to pin Trio in 2:43. Photo by Leanna Becker
Pietsch battled through the first period of the 106-pound match against Mankato East's Eric Jaster before claiming the pin with five seconds remaining in the second period.
Colon on the other hand, came back from a 6-0 deficit at 113 to earn an 11-10 decision. The Cougars' Walker Pearson nearly pinned Colon in the opening period, taking a 6-0 lead.
Colon responded in the second, scoring five quick points, and nearly pinning Pearson. Pearson then spun out of Colon's grasp and reversed, taking an 8-5 lead.
Colon escaped and traded takedowns with Pearson before nearly pinning him twice for 5 back points to take the 11-10 lead after two periods. Colon held on in the final period, to claim the win.
"We had a lot of inexperience at the beginning of the season, but now that it is getting closer to the end you can see the improvement and see how their experience has helped," said Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther head coach Darren Gifferson.
The Jayhawk upperclassmen were able to secure the dual meet win from there.
Senior Isaac Pfeffer recorded a major decision victory at 126 over the Cougars' Michael Miller, winning 12-4. Junior Justin Gifferson claimed a win by forfeit for the Jayhawks at 132, while Class A, No. 1-ranked 160-pounder senior Adam Cooling claimed a win by forfeit at 160.
Class A, No. 8-ranked 126-pounder Bryon Forstner won by disqualification over Mankato East's Dalton Nelson at 138.
Jake Denn cruised to a technical fall victory at 3:04 in the 182-pound match, while Jeremy Blakesley took the last Jayhawk win by forfeit at 220.
The Jayhawks were within striking distance twice during their dual meet action with the Eagles.
After Forstner claimed his first win of the night with a 7-2 decision over the Eagles' Russell Caldwell at 132, Gifferson nabbed a 9-6 victory at 138 over Maple River's Zak Walters to make it 15-12 in Eagles' favor.
Walters jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the early part of the second period, Gifferson rolled out of the Eagles' grasp for a reversal and nearly pinned the Walters for three back points to even the score at 6-6 going into the third.
Gifferson got Walters on his back again in the final period, and held him down for another three back points to take the win putting the Jayhawks within three points in the team scoring.
Fortunately, for the Eagles Class A, No. 7-ranked 145-pounder Aaron Trio pinned Weston Ricard at the one minute mark in the 145-pound match to extend their lead.
Stevie Tierney and Cooling combined for back-to-back pins at 160 and 170 to put the Jayhawks within three points in the team scoring for the second time.
Again the Eagles responded, winning two of the final four matches to claim the 36-30 win.
"I thought we brough a lot of intensity to the mat tonight, especially towards the end of the duals," said Darren Gifferson. "Maple River is a good team though, and I was pleasently surprised at how close we finished to them."
Christian Escobar make quick work of his heavyweight match, pinning the Eagles' Luke Krengel in 29 seconds.
In the final match of the night, the Jayhawks managed four victories including one pin to get on the scoreboard against the Knights in a 60-16 loss.
Forstner claimed his third win of the night in a 7-3 decision over the Knights' Devan Hagge at 132, while Tierney also was on the winning side, taking an 8-3 victory at 160 over Ari Harnitz.
Cooling recorded a 17-7 major decision over the Knights' Davantay Corey at 170 before Denn pinned Sidney Scott at 2:50 in the 182-pound match for the final Jayhawk win.
Class A, No. 4-ranked 120-pounder Louis Sanders won by forfeit for the Knights at 120, while Class A, No. 1 ranked 132-pounder Taner Trembley pinned Justin Gifferson at 1:33 in the 138-pound match.
Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther (5-10) travels to Wells for a 5 p.m. wrestling meet against St. Peter, Winona/Winona Cotter and host United South Central on Thursday.
Maple River 36, MTML 30
106: Derek Moore (MR) dec. Cole Pietsch, 5-2. 113: Jerimiah Colon (MTML) pinned Prince Bade, 4:59. 120: Dustin Schmidt (MR) won by forfeit. 126: Zack Kuhns (MR) pinned Isaac Pfeffer, 4:14. 132: Bryon Forstner (MTML) dec. Russell Caldwell, 7-2. 138: Justin Gifferson (MTML) dec. Zak Walters, 9-6. 145: Aaron Trio (MR) pinned Weston Ricard, 1:00. 152: Kyle Schoneck (MR) pinned Jesus Lopez, 5:45. 160: Stevie Tierney (MTML) pinned Andrew Beck, 2:55. 170: Adam Cooling (MTML) pinned Lukas Trio, 2:43. 182: Mitch Stoltzman (MR) dec. Jake Denn, 9-3. 195: double forfeit. 220: Tyler Olson (MR) pinned Jeremy Blakesley, 3:43. 285: Christian Escobar (MTML) pinned Luke Krengel, 0:29.
MTML 42, Mankato East 32
106: Cole Pietsch (MTML) pinned Eric Jaster, 3:55. 113: Jerimiah Colon (MTML) dec. Walker Pearson, 11-10. 120: Colton Clapper (ME) won by forfeit. 126: Isaac Pfeffer (MTML) maj. dec. Michael Miller, 12-4. 132: Justin Gifferson (MTML) won by forfeit. 138: Bryon Forstner (MTML) won by disqualification. 145: Cole Mosher (ME) pinned Weston Ricard, 0:29. 152: Keanu Rodriguez (ME) pinned Jesus Lopez, 0:42. 160: Adam Cooling (MTML) won by forfeit. 170: Nick Makovsky (ME) dec. Stevie Tierney, 11-7. 182: Jake Denn (MTML) tech. fall Lee Marxen, 3:04. 195: Dan Perez (ME) won by forfeit. 220: Jeremy Blakesley (MTML) won by forfeit. 285: Logan Swanson (ME) pinned Christian Escobar, 3:46.
106: Brandon Laborde (LCWM) pinned Cole Pietsch, 1:46. 113: Caleb Davis (LCWM) pinned Jerimiah Colon, 1:02. 120: Louis Sanders (LCWM) won by forfeit. 126: Jaydon Grommersch (LCWM) pinned Isaac Pfeffer, 2:36. 132: Bryon Forstner (MTML) dec. Devan Hagge, 7-3. 138: Taner Trembley (LCWM) pinned Justin Gifferson, 1:33. 145: Tanner Elliot (LCWM) pinned Weston Ricard, 0:24. 152: Dylan Keck (LCWM) pinned Jesus Lopez, 0:29. 160: Stevie Tierney (MTML) dec. Ari Harnitz, 8-3. 170: Adam Cooling (MTML) maj. dec. Davantay Corey, 17-7. 182: Jake Denn (MTML) pinned Sidney Scott, 2:50. 195: Shane Nelson (LCWM) won by forfeit. 220: Lucas Gens (LCWM) pinned Jeremy Blakesley, 0:55. 285: Nick Neixell (LCWM) won by forfeit.
The Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls came up short in triangular wrestling action on Tuesday in Luverne.
After battling Luverne to a 36-30 loss, the Class AA, No. 7-ranked Adrian Dragons downed the Red Bulls in a 52-19 loss.
With the Red Bulls trailing by 12 with three matches to go, Kory Brown took a one-point, 4-3, decision win over Wyatt Aubret at 195 to get his team within striking distance.
Fortunately for the home team, DJ Reker scored four points in the third period of the 220-pound match to take a 6-2 win over the Red Bulls' Luis Figueroa.
The Red Bulls jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the dual with the Cardinals with Collin Steuber opening up the wrestling action with a 4-1 win over Luverne's Jayden Renken.
Class AA, No. 1-ranked 106-pounder Trevor Schultz then added his own victory, pinning Will Natte at 3:30 in the 113-pound match to give the Red Bulls a 9-0 lead.
Luverne responded with its own pair of victories, with Adam Fodness pinning Chris Ettesvold at 120 in 27 seconds and Cody Hess winning an 11-5 decision over Levi Bulfer at 126.
Elijah Gronewold got the Red Bulls back on track, pinning Cyris Halverson at 2:14 in the 132-pound match to take back the lead at 15-9.
Class AA, No. 10-ranked 152-pounder Joe Weber claimed a forfeit victory for the Red Bulls at 152, putting them up 21-18 midway through the dual.
The Cardinals managed to capitalize, and scored three straight wins, taking the 33-21, 12-point lead, before Brown got the Red Bulls a crucial one-point win at 195.
Class AA, No. 3-ranked 285-pounder Colton Hines claimed a win by forfeit in the final match of the meet.
In the Red Bulls' second dual of the night, the top-ranked Dragons showed their strength, winning 10 of the 14 matches in the meet on their way to a 52-19 victory.
Schultz grabbed a 3-2 win over Adrian's Skyler Hieronimus at 113, while Weber earned a 14-4 major decision win over Justin Elias at 152 for the Red Bulls.
Figueroa finished off his 220-pound match by pinning the Dragons' Tony Sieve at 5:37 before Hines pinned Quinn Cleveland 3:57 into the 285-pound match.
Class AA No. 4-ranked 120-pounder Jayden Bullerman, from Adrian, pinned Gronewold at 2:13 in the 126-pound match.
Adrian teammate and Class AA, No. 9-ranked 126-pounder Tony Lynn proceeded to follow that with a pin of Remington Kuehl at 1:21 in 132-pound action.
The Dragons' Class AA, No. 9-ranked 160-pounder Jesse Slater pinned Phillip Bowie just 46 seconds into the match at 170 pounds to add to Adrian's comfortable lead.
Fairmont/Martin County West plays host in the Red Bull Invite at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sherburn.
Luverne 36, FHS/MCW30
106: Collin Steuber (F/MCW) dec. Jayden Renken, 4-1. 113: Trevor Schultz (F/MCW) pinned Wille Natte, 3:30. 120: Adam Fodness (Luverne) pinned Chris Ettesvold, 0:27. 126: Cody Hess (Luverne) dec. Levi Bulfer, 11-5. 132: Elijah Gronewold (F/MCW) pinned Cyris Halverson, 2:14. 138: Solomon Nielsen (Luverne) pinned Harley Luhmann, 2:30. 145: Eli Dooyema (Luverne) dec. Tanner Lange, 6-5. 152: Joe Weber (F/MCW) won by forfeit. 160: Zack Gillette (Luverne) dec. Brock Burmeister, 6-5. 170: Spencer Oeltjenbruns (Luverne) pinned Phillip Bowie, 0:33. 182: Ethan Johnson (Luverne) pinned Nathan Gillis, 2:38. 195: Kory Brown (F/MCW) dec. Wyatt Aubret, 4-3. 220: D.J. Reker (Luverne) dec. Luis Figueroa, 6-2. 285: Colton Hines (F/MCW) won by forfeit.
Adrian 52, FHS/MCW 19
106: Greg Kern (Adrian) maj. dec. Collin Steuber, 9-1. 113: Trevor Schultz (F/MCW) dec. Skylar Hieronimus, 3-2. 120: Ryan Elias (Adrian) pinned Chris Ettesvold, 1:55. 126: Jaydan Bullerman (Adrian) pinned Elijah Gronewold, 2:13. 132: Tony Lunn (Adrian) pinned Remington Kuehl, 1:21. 138: Hunter Heitkamp (Adrian) pinned Harley Luhmann, 0:34. 145: Logan Rogers (Adrian) dec. Tanner Lange, 9-3. 152: Joe Weber (F/MCW) maj. dec. Justin Elias, 14-4. 160: Matthew Slater (Adrian) pinned Brock Burmeister, 0:32. 170: Jesse Slater (Adrian) pinned Phillip Bowie, 0:46. 182: Andy McCann (Adrian) dec. Nathan Gillis, 9-8. 195: Adam Garms (Adrian) pinned Kory Brown, 5:12. 220: Luis Figueroa (F/MCW) pinned Tony Sieve, 5:37. 285: Colton Hines (F/MCW) pinned Quinn Cleveland, 3:57.