With six wrestlers claiming weight titles, the Beckman wrestling team grabbed the top of the team standings at the Class 1A Section 5 Tournament in Cascade, Feb. 6.
The Blazers tallied 206 points in the tourney begun two hours early to avoid weather. A distant second went to East Buchanan 167, followed by Cascade 143, North Linn 136, Jesup 108.5, Maquoketa Valley 102 and Clayton Ridge 35.
Nick Schmidt (23-9) took first at 126 with double falls, over Jesup’s Kaleb Zuck (0:42) and East Buc’s AJ Kremer (3:38), after beginning with a bye.
Nick Hageman (30-2) won at 138 with a bye, fall over Cascade’s Hunter Vogel (3:29) and 3-2 decision over Jesup’s Jerret Delagardelle.
At 160, Conner Grover (19-9) came back from the injury list for the title, earning a bye, then a fall over Maquoketa Valley’s Aiden Salow (1:03) and a 1-0 decision over Jarin Peyton, of North Linn.
Ryan Funke (19-10) took the 170 title with a bye, fall over Jesup’s Tanner Cole (3:12) and a 2-0 decision from East Buc’s Tate Fults.
At 182, Nick Wulfekuhle (17-15) claimed the top spot with a bye, fall over Jesup’s Skyler Blad (0:58) and injury default over Carter Kruse, of Maquoketa Valley (3:32).
Owen Huehnergarth (26-7) took first at 195 with a bye, and falls over Clayton Ridge’s Andrew Mitchell (1:50) and North Linn’s Nathan Rechkemmer (3:31).
A healthy Jason Koopman (14-7) took second at 285 with a bye and a fall over Maquoketa Valley’s Devin Smith(4:23) before falling to East Buc’s Cody Fox (1:40).
Danil Wall (21-14) took third at 120 after a bye and fall over Sam Cook, of East Buchanan (5:41). He dropped a major decision to Cascade’s Trever Freiburger in the semi-finals (10-1).
Alex Hageman(12-18) took third at 132 with falls over Colten Thomas, of East Buchanan (3:52) and Maquoketa Valley’s Tyrese Crippen (:32) sandwiching his fall to Cael Bridgewater, of North Linn (1:00).
Mason Recker (26-7) finished third after a bye and decision to Curtis Schott, of North Linn (5-0), put him in the match with Cascade’s Casey Koppes, won by fall in 3:52.
Freshman Riley White (5-24) claimed fifth, losing a major decision to Jesup’s Dawson Bell (12-0).
Coach Steve Lueck was very pleased with the day’s efforts. “The guys wrestled great. To get six champs with the line-up we took in was exceptional. My heart goes out to the guys who didn’t get first or second, especially my seniors Danil and Mason. Both of them came up against top-ranked wrestlers and just couldn’t get them. Both of them wrestled tough through all their bouts.
“This is the first sectional win for our team in something like 20 years and I told the guys they have to be very proud of that feat, especially with the numbers we have available. We will try to reach our season goal of a team state appearance. Anything is possible.
“I have to give credit to our wrestlers, several of whom ended up higher than they were seeded. And then there was Connor and Jason, both of whom have been out injured the past weeks and both ended up advancing. That says a lot for the heart these guys wrestle with.”