FAIRMONT - Fairmont/Martin County West's trio of state-ranked wrestlers prevented St. James from running the gamut during Thursday night's South Central Conference dual meet at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.
The visiting Saints combined falls from Class A, No. 6-ranked 113-pounder Cody Hanson, Ryan Westman (170), Chris Johnson (182) and Devin Wolle (195) into a 48-12 team triumph over the Red Bulls.
"We knew they have three guys who are ranked (in the Guillotine poll), and you never are quite sure how the weight classes will match up," St. James mentor Gene Hildebrandt said. "We wanted to see how the two (ranked) big guys would do against one another tonight."
FRONT HEADLOCK — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Trevor Schultz (top) applies a front headlock on St. James opponent Jose Garcia during 120-pound South Central Conference action Thursday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Photo by Leanna Becker
Red Bulls' heavyweight Colton Hines - who holds the No. 3 spot in the Class AA rankings - and the Saints' Victor Torres - the No. 6-ranked 285-pounder in Class A - went toe-to-toe during the final match of the SCC dual.
The two titans battled to a scoreless opening 2-minute segment before Hines managed a second-period escape for a narrow 1-0 lead heading into the third frame.
Torres wasted little time in breaking free from the down position to open the final period to knot the score at 1-all. Torres shot low for a takedown with time winding down and Hines countered for the two-point takedown. Hines then cut Torres loose with 3 seconds remaining to earn the hard-fought 3-2 decision.
"Any win over a ranked opponent is a quality win," Red Bulls mentor Jake Tietje said in reference to Hines' victory.
Class AA, No. 1-ranked 106-pounder Trevor Schultz and No. 9-ranked 152-pounder Joe Weber produced the other nine team points for FHS/MCW.
Schultz built a 7-1 lead over Jose Garcia during 120-pound action before earning the referee's slap of the canvas in 3:47.
A maskless Weber, who donned protective head gear for a broken nose earlier this season, battled through a bloody nose to garner a hard-fought 2-1 decision over Zack Gleiter at 152.
Weber and Gleiter grappled to a scoreless first frame before Weber utilized a quick hip spin maneuver to merit a reversal only 15 seconds into the second period.
Despite three more short stoppages due to the bloody nose, Weber allowed only a third-period escape to Gleiter to capture the 2-1 final decision.
The Saints offset the Red Bulls' talented trio as the highly-ranked Hanson needed only 1:12 to pin Chris Ettesvold at 113, while Westman pressed Phillip Bowie's shoulders to the mat in 17 seconds at 170.
Chris Johnson and FHS/MCW's Nathan Gillis - a pair of skilled freshmen - battled to a 5-4 opening period, with Gillis ahead on the scoreboard. The two 182-pounders battled to a scoreless middle segment before an illegal hold called against Johnson and Johnson's ensuing reversal knotted the match at 6-all. Johnson, however, managed to pin the hard-working Gillis with only 7 seconds remaining.
Wolle added a fall in 3:05 over an injury-hindered Kory Brown during 195-pound action.
Fairmont/Martin County West (3-3, 2-3 SCC) plays host to St. Clair/Mankato Loyola at 5 p.m. today at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont before squaring off against Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
St. James (12-3, 3-0 SCC) plays host to Blue Earth Area on Friday, Jan. 25.
St. James 48,
106: Angel Zamarripa (SJ) major dec. Collin Steuber, 10-0. 113: Cody Hanson (SJ) pinned Chris Ettesvold, 1:12. 120: Trevor Schultz (FHS/MCW) pinned Jose Garcia, 3:47. 126: Joe Dominguez (SJ) dec. Levi Bulfer, 8-3. 132: Isaac Carreon (SJ) dec. Elijah Gronewold, 5-0. 138: Mark Alvarado (SJ) dec. Harley Luhmann, 9-3. 145: Kody Curry (SJ) dec. Tanner Lange, 5-1. 152: Joe Weber (FHS/MCW) dec. Zack Gleiter, 2-1. 160: Carlos Marquez (SJ) dec. Brock Burmeister, 7-2. 170: Ryan Westman (SJ) pinned Phillip Bowie, 0:17. 182: Chris Johnson (SJ) pinned Nathan Gillis, 5:53. 195: Devin Wolle (SJ) pinned Kory Brown, 3:05. 220: Adrian Torres (SJ) won by forfeit. 285: Colton Hines (FHS/MCW) dec. Victor Torres, 3-2.
St. James 29,
98: Lucas Pearson (SJ) tech. fall Nathan Willett, 17-0. 106: Mario Garcia (SJ) pinned Aaron Burmeister, 0:48. 113: Cody Fischer (FHS/MCW) pinned Chase Bottin, 3:43. 120: Steven Fajardo (SJ) pinned Conner Malo, 3:07. 126: Daniel Carreon (SJ) pinned Dayton Nielson, 1:54. 138: Jesse Carlson (SJ) pinned Kollin Kelly, 2:49. 145: Remington Kuehl (FHS/MCW) pinned Tyler Westman, 2:38. 285: Mark Washa (FHS/MCW) major dec. Andrew Kinnetz, 11-1.
Blue Earth Area 38, St. Peter 30 - The Blue Earth Area Bucs wrestling team earned three crucial wins in the final three matches to claim a 38-30 South Central Conference victory over the St. Peter Saints on Thursday night in Blue Earth.
Class A, No. 7-ranked 195-pounder Kysten Zierke pinned Anthony Putz at 1:18 in the 195-pound match to start the Bucs' pivotal homestretch winning streak. Zierke's win whittled the Saints' lead to 30-28.
Micah Twedt then won a 10-1 major decision over Travis Brock at 220 to swing a 32-30 lead to Blue Earth Area.
Buc heavyweight Martin Granados pinned Nick Milliman in 1:45 in the dual meet's final match to clinch the victory.
After the Saints jumped out to a 21-0 lead with four straight victories - including three pins to open the dual meet, Mike Ankeny was the able to hold on for a 7-2 decision over Cody Kurth at 132 to finally get the Bucs on the scoreboard.
A Saints forfeit at 138 gave Jesse Alleven the victory, closing the gap to 21-6 before the Bucs' Luke Schavey claimed a 10-6 decision over Steven Pettis at 145 to make it 21-12.
David Franta took another Buc victory, winning by technical fall - 17-2 - over Bailey Kurth at 152.
Class A, No. 5-ranked 160-pounder Carter Hanson followed Franta with a technical fall by winning 15-0 over Kyle Bosacker at 160 to give the Bucs their first lead of the dual competition at 22-21.
A Blue Earth Area forfeit in the 170-pound match gave the lead right back to Saints, before Ashton Bartlett upset the Class A No, 9-ranked 170-pounder Gus Phillips, 9-2, in the 182-pound match to put the Saints up 30-22 with three matches to go.
Blue Earth Area (13-4, 3-0 SCC) wrestles Saturday at the Luverne Invite.
Blue Earth Area 38,
St. Peter 30
106: Joey More (STP) pinned Zach Buseman, 1:30. 113: Shaun Timmerman (STP) pinned Camden Bowers, 1:42. 120: Chris Pettis (STP) pinned Wyatt Tungland, 0:49. 126: Collin Thompson (STP) dec. Jordan Stelter, 7-3. 132: Mike Ankeny (BEA) dec. Cody Kurth, 7-2. 138: Jesse Alleven (BEA) won by forfeit. 145: Luke Shavey (BEA) dec. Steven Pettis, 10-6. 152: David Franta (BEA) tech. fall Bailey Kurth, 3:13. 160: Carter Hanson (BEA) tech. fall Kyle Bosacker, 4:19. 170: Dylan Connor (STP) won by forfeit. 182: Ashton Bartlett (STP) dec. Gus Phillips, 9-2. 195: Kysten Zierke (BEA) pinned Anthony Putz, 1:18. 220: Micah Twedt (BEA) major dec. Travis Brock, 10-1. 285: Martin Granados (BEA) pinned Nick Milliman, 1:45.