No. 8 Red Bulls split Big South wrestling triangular
SHERBURN — The injury-hindered Class AA No. 8-ranked Martin County Red Bulls experienced their first loss of the prep wrestling campaign after recording “unlucky” win No. 13.
Maddex Faber, Kaedin Lange, Berent Kosbab and No. 4-ranked 220-pounder Max Olson all recorded falls to power the Red Bulls to a 46-21 Big South Conference triumph over the Waseca Bluejays in the host lineup’s first of two duals on Tuesday night in Sherburn.
The Marshall Tigers, one of Martin County’s top sectional rivals, then clawed out a 48-24 win over the Red Bulls during the final bout of the Big South triangular.
“Take nothing away from Marshall because they’re a quality program, but they had everybody available for tonight’s meet and we didn’t,” said Red Bulls head coach Adam Williamson, whose team moved its overall record to 13-1. “If we had all of our guys off of IR (injured reserve), I don’t know if we win tonight, but the final score would be closer than 24 points.
“I thought the guys we put out on the mat gave us a great effort and that’s all you can ask as a coach.”
Pierce Rohman and Faber did exactly that in staking the Red Bulls to a quick 9-0 lead on the team ledger over the Tigers after their respective hard-fought canvas clashes.
Knotted at 5-all after three periods, Pierce Rohman needed just 27 seconds into the 1-minute overtime to record the match-winning takedown on Marshall’s Lincoln Christenson during 106-pound action. Rohman entered the down-the-wire battle with two close regular-season wins over Christenson this campaign.
Faber then tripled Martin County’s short-lived team lead by earning the slap of the mat in 4:36 over the Tigers’ Sam Deutz during 113-pound action. Faber, who had built an 11-1 lead before recording the fall, extended the Red Bulls’ margin to 9-0.
Landon Marthaler (120), Dawson DeCamp (126) and Class AA No. 3-ranked 138-pounder Dylan Louwagie all recorded falls during Marshall’s ensuing string of five consecutive wins to grab a 27-9 lead.
After the Tigers’ Collin Klenken received a forfeit at 145, Cooper Steuber slammed the brakes on Marshall’s winning streak by posting a 4-2 win over Matt Her during 152-pound action.
Steuber recorded the only takedown of the opening 2-minute frame, while allowing an escape to Her during both the first and second periods. Steuber earned a reversal with 53 seconds remaining in his match to merit the winning decision.
Class AA No. 4-ranked 160-pounder Tate Condezo earned a fall in 1:19 for Marshall before Martin County’s No. 3-ranked 160-pounder Carver Rohman bumped up to 170 and registered a pin in 1:45 to narrow the home team’s gap to 33-18.
Tucker Fiene’s 3-1 overtime decision over Gage Cyphers at 182, Aidan Mattison’s fall in 1:53 at 195 and heavyweight Andrew Cowden’s pin in 3:41 capped the Tigers’ point production.
Olson interrupted the dual meet-ending run by the Tigers, needing a mere 23 seconds to dispose of his 220-pound Marshall opponent via a fall.
Ironically, Olson, who’s being recruited to play football by Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, required only 20 seconds to post his initial fall of the triad. Olson drove Waseca opponent Matt Veroeven to his back out of the initial tie-up and flattened him on the canvas to cap the Red Bulls’ scoring during their opening dual.
Carver Rohman, who extended his perfect seasonal record to 32-0, produced the most prolific win for Martin County during its clash against Waseca.
Rohman moved up to 170 and outdueled previously-No. 10-ranked 170-pounder Christian Rodriguez by a hard-fought 12-9 decision.
Faber bested his teammate Olson’s Mercurial pinning time by requiring just 11 seconds to earn his fall at 113 against Elijah Biehn.
Lange coasted to an 8-0 lead over Peyton Sommers during 120-pound action before opening the third period with a fall in 4:40.
Kosbab also broke the 1-minute barrier in producing a 48-second fall over the Bluejays’ Kellen Klinger at 132 before Red Bulls’ teammate Riley Cole bested Slade Barnett by a 10-4 decision at 138.
Steuber and Taylor Austin received forfeits at 152 and 160, respectively, for Martin County before Carver Rohman edged Rodriguez by three points at 170.
Cyphers rolled to a textbook 12-1 major decision over Carter Ellis at 182 for the Red Bulls before Olson capped the team triumph with a 20-second fall at 220.
The Red Bulls compete in the Mankato East Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday.