FAIRMONT - Luis Figueroa gave away nearly 10 pounds and 4 inches of reach to his opponent at 220 pounds, but that couldn't prevent the Fairmont/Martin County West sophomore wrestler from delivering a meet-clinching decision on Friday night.
Figueroa defeated Travis Brock by a 10-3 decision to put the South Central Conference dual meet out of St. Peter's reach at 39-30 before heavyweight teammate Adrian Moscoffian delivered a fall in 5:04 over Nick Milliman to ice the Red Bulls' 45-30 team triumph in Fairmont.
Moscoffian also pinned River Valley opponent Tyler Baird in 1:33 during 285-pound action to cap FHS/MCW's earlier 55-12 nonconference victory over the Wildcats to exit Cardinal Gym with a triangular sweep.
CARRIED AWAY — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Joe Weber (red singlet) lifts St. Peter opponent Gavin Thole off the canvas during 160-pound South Central Conference action on Friday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
"We had to make a couple of decisions with our lineup tonight due to some of our guys facing match limits," Red Bulls head coach Adam Williamson said in reference to Figueroa, Class AA No. 7-ranked 152-pounder Joe Weber, 113-pounder Collin Steuber and 145-pounder Levi Bulfer all stepping to the canvas just once during Friday's triangular.
"Luis really came through with a huge decision for us against a much taller opponent at 220 to seal the win over St. Peter," said Williamson.
Ironically, the Red Bulls and Saints traded the upperhand on the scoreboard back-and-forth until Figueroa and Moscoffian anchored the lineups with key victories.
Wyatt Gillette staked St. Peter to a quick 6-0 lead by earning a pin in 1:05 at 106 pounds before Steuber countered by posting a fall in 4:33 at 113 to knot the team score at 6-all.
Chris Ettesvold generated a pin in 2:49 at 120 to swing a 12-6 lead to FHS/MCW before St. Peter's Sage Loredo-Hollon answered with a pin in 2:29 at 126.
The Saints regained the edge in the team scoring when 132-pounder Collin Thompson earned the slap of the canvas in 1:40 before the Red Bulls' Christopher Krenz countered with a fall in 4:51 at 138 for an 18-18 tie again.
FHS/MCW then strung together four consecutive wins - Bulfer's 2-1 decision, Cesarioa Lerma's forfeit, Weber's quick-tilt fall in 38 seconds at 160 and Tanner Lange's 3-2 win - to double the team ledger at 36-18.
St. Peter, however, answered on the strength of Major Brock's fall in 1:59 at 182 and teammate Tony Putz's pin in 1:03 at 195 to close within 36-30 prior to Figueroa's match.
In its opener against River Valley, FHS/MCW combined five forfeits with falls from Christian Jagodzinske (126), Dayton Nielsen (145) and Moscoffian (285) to coast to the lopsided 43-point margin of victory.
Christian Hugget earned a 7-5 decision at 106 to get the Red Bulls' scoring stampede going before Zac Ringnell received a forfeit.
Ettesvold compiled a 15-4 major decision at 120 prior to Jagodzinske's fall in 1:26, Kolin Kelly took a forfeit at 138, Nielsen produced a pin in only 42 seconds before Lerma (152), Harley Luhmann (160) and Phillip Bowie (170) collected forfeits.
Fairmont/Martin County West (11-4) plays host to the eight-team Red Bulls Invitational at 10 a.m. today in Sherburn.
St. Peter (5-17) is idle until competing in the South Central Conference Meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in St. James.
River Valley (2-18) is idle until participating in the Valley Conference Meet at 3 p.m. next Friday in Madelia.
FHS/MCW 45, St. Peter 30
106: Wyatt Gillette (SP) pinned Christian Hugget, 1:05. 113: Collin Steuber (FHS/MCW) pinned Manny Gomez, 4:33. 120: Chris Ettesvold (FHS/MCW) pinned Aaron Hunt, 2:49. 126: Sage Loredo-Hollon (SP) pinned Christian Jagodzinske, 2:28. 132: Collin Thompson (SP) pinned Conner Malo, 1:40. 138: Christopher Krenz (FHS/MCW) pinned Alex Devens, 4:51. 145: Levi Bulfer (FHS/MCW) dec. Brayden Hauser, 2-1. 152: Cesarioa Lerma (FHS/MCW) won by forfeit. 160: Joe Weber (FHS/MCW) pinned Gavin Thole, 0:38. 170: Tanner Lange (FHS/MCW) dec. Kyle Bosacker, 3-2. 182: Major Brock (SP) pinned Phillip Bowie, 1:59. 195: Tony Putz (SP) pinned Nathan Gillis, 1:03. 220: Luis Figueroa (FHS/MCW) dec. Travis Brock, 10-3. 285: Adrian Moscoffian (FHS/MCW) pinned Nick Milliman, 5:04.
River Valley 12
106: Christian Hugget (FHS/MCW) dec. Devin Johnson, 7-5. 113: Zac Ringnell (FHS/MCW) won by forfeit. 120: Chris Ettesvold (FHS/MCW) major dec. Conner Bertram, 15-4. 126: Christian Jagodzinske (FHS/MCW) pinned James Ploeger, 1:26. 132: Gerritt Meidl (RV) pinned Christopher Krenz, 1:41. 138: Kolin Kelly (FHS/MCW) won by forfeit. 145: Dayton Nielsen (FHS/MCW) pinned Gaige Gardner, 0:42. 152: Cesarioa Lerma (FHS/MCW) won by forfeit. 160: Harley Luhmann (FHS/MCW) won by forfeit. 170: Phillip Bowie (FHS/MCW) won by forfeit. 182: Tim Krueger (RV) pinned Nathan Gillis, 3:00. 195: Double forfeit. 220: Double forfeit. 285: Adrian Moscoffian (FHS/MCW) pinned Tyler Baird, 1:33.
Class A, No. 6-ranked 195-pounder Jake Denn delivered the meet-clinching fall to propel the Madelia/ Truman/Martin Luther Jayhawks to a 44-36 dual-meet wrestling victory over Le Sueur-Henderson on Friday night in Madelia.
Denn also produced an 11-3 major decision at New Ulm's expense, but the Eagles still managed to defeat MTML by a 51-24 margin during nonconference triangular action.
Trailing 18-0 after the initial three matches, Jerimiah Colon and Justin Gifferson reversed the momentum in the Jayhawks' direction during dual-meet action against LSH.
Colon pinned Dylan Pauly in just 43 seconds during 126-pound action, while Gifferson needed only 1:37 to earn the slap of the canvas over Jordan Carlson at 132.
MTML then recorded wins in six of the ensuing nine matches to squeeze out the eight-point margin of victory over LSH. Zack Pettersen sent the scoreboard rolling skyward with an 8-7 decision over Trevor Block at 145 before Jayhawk teammate Jesus Lopez delivered the smack of the mat with a fall in 1:26 over Grant Miller during 152-pound action.
Weston Ricard pinned Mason Straub in 1:54 to generate six more team points for the Jayhawks from the 160-pound spot in the lineup, while MTML teammate Steve Tierney put on a clinic en route to a 17-1 technical fall over Trenton Rogich at 170-pound action.
Denn then stuck Clayton Colling in 195-pound action with a time of 1:43 during 195-pound action. Jeremey Blakesley then capped the Jayhawks' dual-meet win by receiving a forfeit at 220.
Against New Ulm, Cole Pietsch and Colon proved a pair of early winners for MTML via a technical fall at 113 pounds and a fall in 1:23 at 126-pound action.
Gifferson received a forfeit at 132 before Tierney pocketed a 10-6 decision during 170-pound action. Denn captured the Jayhawks' final team points via an 11-3 major decision at 195 pounds.
Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther is idle until competing in the Valley Conference Meet at 3 p.m. next Friday in Madelia.
MTML 44, LSH 36
106: Keon Naranjo (LSH) pinned Mike McLaughlin, 1:03. 113: Austin Anderly (LSH) pinned Cole Pietsch, 1:44. 120: Tucker Colling (LSH) pinned Grant Koehler, 2:46. 126: Jerimiah Colon (MTML) pinned Dylan Pauly, 0:43. 132: Justin Gifferson (MTML) pinned Jordan Carlson, 1:37. 138: Luke Wilson (LSH) pinned Jordan Osborne, 3:06. 145: Zack Pettersen (MTML) dec. Trevor Block, 8-7. 152: Jesus Lopez (MTML) pinned Grant Miller, 1:26. 160: Weston Ricard (MTML) pinned Mason Straub, 1:54. 170: Steve Tierney (MTML) tech. fall Trenton Rogich, 17-1. 182: Connor Boettcher (LSH) won by forfeit. 195: Jake Denn (MTML) pinned Clayton Colling, 1:43. 220: Jeremey Blakesley (MTML) won by forfeit. 285: Joe Abrahamson (LSH) won by forfeit.
New Ulm 51, MTML 24
106: Sean Howk (NU) pinned Mike McLaughlin, 0:47. 113: Cole Pietsch (MTML) tech. fall Rebekah Hoppe, 16-0. 120: Hunter Ranweiler (NU) pinned Grant Koehler, 1:46. 126: Jerimiah Colon (MTML) pinned Taylor Bode, 1:23. 132: Justin Gifferson (MTML) won by forfeit. 138: Austin Brandes (NU) pinned Jordan Osborne, 1:24. 145: Jagger Hoffmann (NU) pinned Zack Pettersen, 0:32. 152: Max Deslauriers (NU) dec. Jesus Lopez, 12-6. 160: Riley Shelgren (NU) pinned Weston Ricard, 4:56. 170: Steve Tierney (MTML) dec. Sam Hoppe, 10-6. 182: Cole Wlifahrt (NU) won by forfeit. 195: Jake Denn (MTML) major dec. Lorenzo Hernandez, 11-3. 220: Braxton Greenwaldt (NU) pinned Jeremey Blakesley, 1:07. 285: Nathan Berg (NU) won by forfeit.