No. 12 Red Bulls pin loss on Bucs
BLUE EARTH — The Red Bulls’ stampede attained yet another one of its seasonal goals with a historic dual-meet win over a Big South Conference rival on Friday night.
The Class 2A, No. 12-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West wrestlers reeled off victories in the first eight matches to set the tone for a 55-16 team league triumph over the Blue Earth Area Bucs in Blue Earth.
“It’s the first time that we’ve beaten them since we officially became the Red Bulls six years ago,” said Fairmont/MCW head coach Adam Williamson. “We’ve been a match or two away from defeating them (the Bucs) in the past two seasons, but we finally got the job done tonight.”
Lucas Jagodzinske continued his breakout varsity wrestling campaign by establishing the Red Bulls’ early scoring trend from the leadoff spot in the 14-grappler lineup.
Jagodzinske built a 5-0 first-period lead en route to pinning Caleb Beeler in 3:30 during 106-pound action before Class 2A, No. 3-ranked 113-pounder Jaxson Rohman stepped onto the canvas with Fairmont/MCW holding a 6-0 lead.
Rohman assembled a textbook 25-12 major decision — just a second shy of a late takedown for a technical fall — over Davis Sunken. Rohman generated leads of 6-3 and 17-7 after the first two 2-minute segments by utilizing a takedown-for-escape tradeoff strategy.
Connor Simmonds, who’s ranked No. 8 at 120 in Class 2A, extended the Red Bulls’ lead to 16-0 by needing only 1:08 to press Jack Frundt’s shoulders to the mat.
Cale Steuber followed with a 16-8 major decision over Max Ehrich, who was wrestling for the first time since suffering an injury, during a hard-fought 126-pound clash before Jordan Wolter made his brief appearance on the canvas.
Wolter, the Red Bulls’ No. 10-ranked 126-pounder, moved to 132 and needed only 1:01 to record a fall over Koby Nagel en route to a 26-0 team margin.
Fairmont/MCW’s Zac Ringnell, who holds the No. 9 spot at 132 pounds, also climbed the scale to outpoint Joe Schavey, 6-3, during 138-pound action.
Payton Anderson, the Red Bulls’ No. 1-ranked 138-pounder, followed in his teammates’ footsteps by bumping up a weight division and exiting the mat with an 18-2 technical fall in hand.
Anderson built an 11-0 first-period lead over Cole Warmka to pace his eventual 16-point decision during 145-pound action.
Miles Fitzgerald continued his winning ways by producing a near flawless 20-5 technical fall over the Bucs’ Jaxen Klinkner during 152-pound action. Fitzgerald claimed a 6-2 first-period advantage, widened the gap to 15-4 after two segments, and added a takedown and three-point near-fall in the third to earn five team points and a 39-0 lead.
BEA’s Class 1A, No. 6-ranked 160-pounder Zach Buseman slammed the brakes on FHS/MCW’s shutout bid by rolling to a 16-3 major decision over Class 2A, No. 9-ranked 160-pounder Nathan Simmonds.
Simmonds notched the clash of titans’ initial takedown before Buseman’s rally with a reversal and then a takedown of his own with 3 seconds left in the first for a 4-3 lead.
Buseman reeled off seven unanswered second-period points to fuel his eventual major decision over Simmonds.
Tristan Lange got the Red Bulls back on the winning track with a 17-6 major decision over Akeira Morrow during 170-pound action before Class 2A, No. 2-ranked 170-pounder Collin Steuber bumped up a weight to 182 to earn a fall.
Steuber built a 4-1 first-frame edge over Dominic Whitlow before combining a takedown and two-point near-fall into a pin in 3:55.
BEA’s Jordan Huse then pinned Jacob Rahn in just 48 seconds during 195-pound action to add six more points to the home team’s side of the scoreboard.
Conner Tordsen needed just 1:05 to earn the slap of the canvas over Isaac Martinez during 220-pound action to cap the Red Bulls’ team scoring total at 55.
BEA’s No. 9-ranked heavyweight Trevor Oppedal received a forfeit to close out the dual-meet action.
“It’s great to come away with a win tonight, but with each goal we mark off the checklist, we have to remember it’s just one more step up the mountain,” said Williamson.
The Red Bulls (6-0) play host to St. Peter on Thursday in Fairmont. Blue Earth Area competes in the Estherville-Lincoln Central Quadrangular at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Estherville, Iowa.
FHS/MCW 55, B.E. Area 16
106 pounds: Lucas Jagodzinske (FHS/MCW) pinned Caleb Beeler, 3:30. 113: Jaxson Rohman (FHS/MCW) major dec. Davis Sunken, 25-12. 120: Connor Simmonds (FHS/MCW) pinned Jack Frundt, 1:08. 126: Cale Steuber (FHS/MCW) major dec. Max Ehrich, 16-8. 132: Jordan Wolter (FHS/MCW) pinned Koby Nagel, 1:01. 138: Zac Ringnell (FHS/MCW) dec. Joe Schavey, 6-3. 145: Payton Anderson (FHS/MCW) tech. fall Cole Warmka, 18-2. 152: Miles Fitzgerald (FHS/MCW) tech. fall Jaxen Klinkner, 20-5. 160: Zach Buseman (BEA) major dec. Nathan Simmonds, 16-3. 170: Tristan Lange (FHS/MCW) major dec. Akeira Morrow, 17-6. 182: Collin Steuber (FHS/MCW) pinned Dominic Whitlow, 3:55. 195: Jordan Huse (FHS/MCW) pinned Jacob Rahn, 0:48. 220: Conner Tordsen (FHS/MCW) pinned Isaac Martinez, 1:05. 285: Trevor Oppedal (BEA) won by forfeit.
BEA 49, FHS/MCW 18
160: Michael Johnson (FHS/MCW) major dec. Erik Anderson, 11-2. 138: James Joyner (FHS/MCW) pinned C.J. Germann, 4:37. 106: Gage Cyphers (FHS/MCW) tech. fall Carson Sturtz, 16-0. 106: Ty Peterson (BEA) dec. Kain Sanders, 8-3. 113: Parker Meyers (BEA) dec. Carver Rohman, 7-0. 113: Jacob Beeler (BEA) major dec. Jesse Potts, 10-2. 120: Nick Nelson (BEA) pinned Wyatt Williamson, 1:59. 126: Gabe Haugh (BEA) pinned Andrew Lawrence, 1:55. 132: Joseph Forsberg (FHS/MCW) dec. Adam Schavey, 6-0. 220: Nick Lawrence (BEA) dec. Everardo Hernandez, 4-1. 285: Damian Cornelio (BEA) pinned James Fernandez, 0:31. 285: Ian Cornelio (BEA) pinned Hunter Swanson, 4:44. 145: Luke Mertens (BEA) pinned Michael Johnson, 4:21. 132: Efrain Trujillo (BEA) pinned James Joyner, 5:09.