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Vikings hold back Tigers

The 9th-ranked Minneota wrestling team starts out hot to take down Marshall/Lakeview for a 48-24 win in the Vikings’ 1st match of the season

December 7, 2012
By Travis Andries ( , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Victories at seven consecutive weight classes, including two forfeits and three pins, sprung the Minneota Vikings to a 48-24 win over the Marshall/Lakeview wrestling team Thursday night.

Minneota held a 12-6 lead before Bryce Bruner's pin of Wyatt Martin at 132 pounds started a 36-0 run on points for the ninth-ranked (Class A) Vikings. The Tigers forfeited matches at 152 pounds and 170 pounds, while Isaac Josephson and Cole Hennen both also recorded pins during the run.

"This is a very good group," Minneota head coach Joel Skillings said of his team making its 2012-13 season debut. "They're a talented group of young kids. Probably their work ethic will determine where they go. Our older kids, some of them don't have a ton of experience. (Josephson) obviously is an exception to the rule. All of our kids, they're up in some weights. Things are good, I can't complain."

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Minneota’s Cole Hennen, back, and Marshall/Lakeview’s Jarrett Louwagie wrestle in the 160-pound match of Thursday’s dual between the Vikings and Tigers. Hennen won the match with a pin in the first period.

The Vikings took a quick 12-0 lead with first-period pins at 106 and 113 pounds. Sixth-ranked Brock Buysse pinned eighth grader Dylan Dulas just 32 seconds into the dual. Kyle Hennen quickly followed suit for the Vikings, pinning Kesmond Willert in 1 minute, 11 seconds.

Marshall scored its first points of the evening thanks to an overtime takedown by freshman Nick Erbes on Minneota junior Landyn Vanoverbeke. Erbes trailed 4-2 after the first period, but a two-point reversal had the match tied after two periods. Neither individual could score over the two minutes of the third period, but a quick-hitting two-point takedown 32 seconds into sudden death gave Erbes the 6-4 decision.

Brent Breczinski helped cut into the Tigers' deficit, scoring a 1-0 decision over Leo Buysse thanks to a one-point escape in the third period.

Fact Box

Minneota 48, Marshall 24

106-Brock Buysse (Mi) pinned Dylan Dulas, 0:32

113-Kyle Hennen (Mi) pinned Kesmond Willert, 1:11

120-Nick Erbes (Ma) dec. Landyn Vanoverbeke, 6-4

126-Brent Breczinski (Ma) dec. Leo Buysse, 1-0

132-Bryce Bruner (Mi) pinned Wyatt Martin, 0:49

138-Alec Engler (Mi) dec. Riley Roth, 9-3

145-Nick Esping (Mi) dec. Ramzi Gregoire, 8-1

152-Grant Abraham (Mi) won by forfeit

160-Cole Hennen (Mi) pinned Jarrett Louwagie, 0:56

170-Nathan Bueltel (Mi) won by forfeit

182-Isaac Josephson (Mi) pinned Brandon Appel, 1:23

195-Campbell Hofstetter (Ma) pinned Willy Flood, 1:18

220-Justin Varpness (Ma) pinned Doug VanKeulen, 4:33

285-Austin Nath (Ma) pinned Luis Macias, 1:17

Marshall was building momentum, but it was not to last as Bruner made short work of Martin, wrestling in place of Matt Facile, scoring the pin fall after only 49 seconds.

"Minneota's a really good team and I thought we wrestled well," Marshall head coach Justin Bouwman said. "We had a couple kids, we got a couple injuries, so we had to stick some other kids out there. They had to wrestle some pretty good kids. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with how our guys came out. The older kids, I got what I expected and they came through for us. Everybody wrestled really hard."

Following Bruner's pin, the Vikings held a 18-6 lead, which would be a 24-6 lead following decision wins by Alec Engler and and Nick Esping. Engler won the 138-pound bout with a 9-3 decision over Riley Roth, while Esping took three points at 145 with an 8-1 decision over Ramzi Gregoire.

The Vikings followed the twin decisions with 24 out of a possible 24 points. Grant Abraham collected six points with a forfeit win at 152 pounds and was followed by a 56-second pin fall for Cole Hennen over Jarrett Louwagie. Nathan Bueltel also earned six points for a win by forfeit at 170 bounds before second-ranked Isaac Josephson's pin of Brandon Appel 1:23 into their bout.

Despite the impressive start for the Vikings (1-0 overall), who finished third as a team at the 2011-12 state tournament in March, Skillings felt his team showed the signs of rust that typically accompany a first competition.

"I guess we need to get some mat time, we need a little better mat awareness," Skillings said. "This is a young group of kids and we're just going to try to get them to grow up as the year goes along. We did some good things and we did some bad things, kind of what you'd expect from a first match. I have a good bunch of kids, so we'll build."

After the Vikings' surge, the Tigers responded as three seniors recorded pins at the upper weights.

Campbell Hofstetter got the Tigers started as he pinned Willy Flood at 1:18 of the first period in their 195-pound tilt. Justin Varpness took a little more time to score his six-point victory, pinning Doug VanKeulen early in the third period and 4:33 into their match overall.

Austin Nath and Luis Macias were matched up in the final contest of 285 pounds, and Nath delivered the third and final Tiger pin of the night, besting Macias at the 1:17 mark of the first period.

For the Tigers (1-6), the match against the Vikings showed not only what they still need to work on, but also how far they have come as a team and a program.

"Our technique was much better tonight," Bouwman said. "Last year we wrestled Minneota and we took a good lump both times. This year, I think we drastically improved and we showed up. We were ready to compete.

"Our biggest thing is we just have to get healthy down in the bottom. We get all our younger kids going, we're pretty tough to beat. Our young kids are pretty good. We still need to get Toby (Semler) back from an injury, but Dylan's been doing a great job for us. Kesmond, we got a little injury there, so we need to get him back and healthy again. We just got to get healthy and we'll get a full lineup. We've got a couple more kids out so we can fill some spots, but we have to get healthy."



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