No. 4 Red Bulls wrestlers pin loss on Bucs

TILT — Fairmont/Martin County West’s Jesse Potts (right) presses Blue Earth Area opponent Carson Sturtz’s shoulders to the canvas during 106-pound Big South Conference dual-meet wrestling action Thursday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — The Class AA, No. 4-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls flexed their muscles in generating seven falls to power past the Blue Earth Area Bucs, 59-12, during a Big South wrestling dual meet on Thursday night at Cardinal Gym.

Jesse Potts established the Red Bulls’ pinning trend with a 29-second slap of the canvas over Carson Sturtz in the opening 106-pound match before the first of FHS/MCW’s 10 state-ranked grapplers stepped to the mat.

No. 5-ranked 113-pounder Lucas Jagodzinske battled the Bucs’ Ty Peterson to a 6-1 decision into the third period before Jagodzinske earned the pin with only 11 seconds remaining in their match for a 12-0 Red Bulls’ margin.

No. 4-ranked 120-pounder Jaxson Rohman, the 2018 Class AA state champion at 113, built leads of 6-2 and 12-4 through the first two periods before downing Davis Sunken by a 15-6 major decision.

Connor Simmonds, who holds the No. 4 spot at 126, recorded a fall in 4:23 over Caleb Beeler to add points to the Red Bulls’ side of the ledger before No. 5-ranked 132-pounder Cale Steuber needed just 48 seconds to pin Jacob Beeler to extend the home team’s lead to 28-0.

“It’s was nice to see a packed house for our dual with Blue Earth (Area) tonight,” said a flannel shirt-clad Red Bulls head coach Adam Williamson, who joined the home crowd in wearing the attire to honor late former wrestling standout Joe Weber. “It was a memorable night for the seniors as we were able to get them action on the mats.”

With No. 4-ranked 152-pounder Miles Fitzgerald on the shelf due to an infection, Williamson bumped No. 3-ranked 138-pounder Jordan Wolter to the 145-pound spot and No. 2-rated 145-pounder Payton Anderson to 152 to allow senior James Joyner to wrestle at 138.

Jaxen Klinkner, however, produced the first of the Bucs’ two falls on the night by pinning Joyner in 2:37 to spoil the Red Bulls’ shutout.

Wolter and BEA’s Max Ehrich locked up in one of two close decisions on the dual meet, with Wolter converting a third-period takedown into a 7-4 lead and eventual 7-5 win over the hard-working Ehrich at 145.

No. 5-ranked 182-pounder Tristan Lange outlasted the Bucs’ Dominic Whitlow in the other good-to-the-last-move clash, 5-3. Lange netted the only takedown of the first period and added an escape and takedown in the second frame. Whitlow countered with a late escape in the middle period before netting solo points via stalling and a clasp, respectively, during the third.

In his climb to 152, Payton Anderson rolled to leads of 4-0 and 11-1 through the first two segments before capping a 13-2 major decision over Koby Nagel with a late reversal.

No. 4-ranked 160-pounder Nathan Simmonds and No. 9-rated 170-pounder Mario Maldonado then reeled off back-to-back falls for the Red Bulls to widen the team lead to 47-6. Simmonds earned the slap of the canvas over Kean Hicks in 2:17 before Maldonado pinned Nick Frank in 1:26.

Garrett Myren outdueled Luke Mertens during 195-pound action by a 7-1 decision for the Red Bulls before the two teams exchanged falls at the final two weight divisions.

Jacob Rahn posted a fall in 2:20 at 220 over the Bucs’ Erik Anderson, while BEA heavyweight Nick Lawrence earned the slap of the mat in 3:40 over Hunter Swanson in the dual’s final tie-up.

Fairmont/Martin County West (3-0) competes in the Brandon Valley (S.D.) tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Blue Earth Area (7-5) travels to Estherville, Iowa, on Tuesday for a quadrangular meet.

Varsity Results

FHS/MCW 59, B.E. Area 12

106: Jesse Potts (FHS/MCW) pinned Carson Sturtz, 0:29.

113: Lucas Jagodzinske (FHS/MCW) pinned Ty Peterson, 5:49.

120: Jaxson Rohman (FHS/MCW) major dec. Davis Sunken, 15-6.

126: Connor Simmonds (FHS/MCW) pinned Caleb Beeler, 4:23.

132: Cale Steuber (FHS/MCW) pinned Jacob Beeler, 0:48.

138: Jaxen Klinkner (BEA) pinned James Joyner, 2:37.

145: Jordan Wolter (FHS/MCW) dec. Max Ehrich, 7-5.

152: Payton Anderson (FHS/MCW) major dec. Koby Nagel, 13-2.

160: Nathan Simmonds (FHS/MCW) pinned Kean Hicks, 2:17.

170: Mario Maldonado (FHS/MCW) pinned Nick Frank, 1:26.

182: Tristan Lange (FHS/MCW) dec. Dominic Whitlow, 5-3.

195: Garrett Myren (FHS/MCW) dec. Luke Mertens, 7-1.

220: Jacob Rahn (FHS/MCW) pinned Erik Anderson, 2:20.

285: Nick Lawrence (BEA) pinned Hunter Swanson, 3:40.

JV Results

FHS/MCW 33, BEA 33 (tie)

88: Rylan Cutler (FHS/MCW) pinned Ben Anderson, 1:38.

88: Kole Hanson (FHS/MCW) dec. Cooper Peterson, 7-2.

88: Cooper Steuber (FHS/MCW) pinned Caleb Langager, 3:44.

95: Taylor Austin (FHS/MCW) pinned Dominic Morrow, 3:49.

100: Ethan Oppedal (BEA) dec. Jorvik Jensen, 5-3.

113: Kain Sanders (FHS/MCW) pinned Angel Martinez, 3:13.

132: Joseph Forsberg (FHS/MCW) dec. Parker Meyers, 8-3.

138: Cesar Flores (FHS/MCW) dec. Kade Gaydon, 17-12.

152: Nick Nelson (BEA) pinned Andrew Lawrence, 3:40.

160: Adam Schavey (BEA) pinned Michael Johnson, 1:08.

182: Kale Frank (BEA) pinned Jayden Aubert, 1:47.

195: Akeira Morrow (BEA) dec. Shayne Steinbrink, 9-3.

285: Ian Cornelio (BEA) dec. Kaiden Miller, 2-0.