Facing perennial wrestling powers Don Bosco and West Delaware last week resulted in two losses for the Beckman wrestling team, but the Blazers earned wins over Anamosa, Cascade and Mount Vernon earlier in the week.
The team was at Cascade for a quickly-scheduled quadrangular with Don Bosco, Anamosa and the host team. Danil Wall at 120 and Mason Recker, 152, provided the only contested points for the Blazers in a 66-18 loss to Don Bosco. Wall took out Andrew Kimball (2:37) and Recker did the same to Landon Fernandez (2:55). Nick Hageman was given a forfeit at 145. Jason Koopman went down by fall with just four seconds left in his match with Mack Ortner at 285. Mason Koelker fell to Cole Frost at 113 (0:28), Nick Schmidt to Garrett Funk at 126 (1:07), Alex Hageman to Kaiden Knaack at 132 (0:21), Riley White to Cody Brown at 138 (1:00), Conner Grover to Cael Frost at 160(0:22), Ryan Funke to Cade Tenold at 170 (2:33), Nick Wulfekuhle to Carson Tenhold at 182 (2:44) and Owen Huehnergarth to Charlie Hogan at 195 (0:48).
They took a 40-39 decision from Anamosa via a one-point tie breaker when the teams were knotted at 39-39 after competition. A forfeit at 106 and a fall to Sean Kirk over Koelker (1:39) gave the Raiders a 12-0 lead. It quickly disappeared when Wall and Schmidt earned forfeits. Alex Hageman gave them a 15-12 lead with a decision over Aaron Casey (SV-1, 16-11). White fell to Easton Wheeler 92:45) but Nick Hageman got that back with a fall over Gage Engelbart (1:35) to make it 21-18. Recker and Funke took forfeits while Grover gave up a decision to Alex Casey (11-4), 33-21. Wulfekuhle fell to Nathan Keating (2:53) but Huehnergarth pinned Jordan Brown (1:32), 39- 27. Anamosa got a forfeit at 220 and Koopman fell to Connor Andresen (3:42) for the tie.
The Blazers eased to a 46-27 decision over the host Cougars, getting falls from Schmidt over Wesley Adams (0:35), Recker over Casey Koppes (1:52), Grover over Evan Vogel (3:11), Funke over Ted Weber (2:34), and Huehnergarth over Chris Midkel (1:30). Nick Hageman earned a major decision over Hunter Vogel (9-1), Wulfekuhle added a decision over Cade Rausch (7-1) as did Koopman over Kodey Miles (5-2). Wall lost by a 9-3 decision to Trever Freiburger, Alex Hageman fell to Aidan Noonan (0:38). Koelker was awarded a forfeit.
“These were some nice wins over quality opponents tonight,” said coach Steve Lueck. “It was a great team effort to squeak past Anamosa as we won on third criteria. Our wrestlers saved their best wrestling for last against a very competitive Cascade team and got a nice win to end the night.”
Then it was on to the double dual at West Delaware, Dec. 17, with Mount Vernon and the hosts. As expected the top-ranked Hawks defeated the Blazers, 66-12, but they recovered with a 42-33 win over the Mustangs.
The Blazers earned their 12 points the hard way, with only Wall winning by fall, over Carson Turnis (4:22). Nick Hageman won by decision over Logan Peyton (7-6) and Grover took a decision from Isaac Fettkether (SV-1, 4-2). Funke fell to Jared Voss (1:58), Wulfekuhle to Cael Meyer (1:14), Huehnergarth to Wyatt Voelker (3:30), Koelker to Carson less (1:40) and Alex Hageman to Reily Dolan (1:06). Recker and Schmidt went down by major decisions, to Jadyn Payton (13-2) and Blake Engel (9-1).
In the Mount Vernon dual, Schmidt opened with a fall over Asher Eichhorn (0:34). After Alex Hageman and White both fell, Nick Hageman got them back on track with a fall over Jackson Hird (1:08), followed by Recker over Walker Lawrence (1:42), Grover over Zatyk Holub (2:28), and Funke over Ryder Bunch (0:25) for a lead of 30-12. Wulfekuhle gave up a 6-3 decision to Kayden Pendergrass but Huehnergarth pinned V.J.Boyal in the first period (1:43) for a 36-15 lead. Two forfeits followed to cut it to 36-27 before Koelker fell to Ethan Plotz (3:06), 36-33. Wall sealed the deal with a quick fall over Maddie Plotz (0:36).
“Tonight was another great team effort as it came down to the last match against Mount Vernon. We got the win because of our efforts to get bonus points in matches and not give them up. This has been the difference in our season so far.
“This week was a great opportunity to see number-one-ranked teams in Class 1A Don Bosco and Class 2A West Delaware. Although we didn’t win as a team, a couple of our wrestlers got wins over ranked wrestlers.
“It is nice to see top teams this time of year, as it helps us understand what we need to work on during break and into January. Our goals are to improve every day and these losses certainly help us understand where we are at against the best teams in Iowa,” concluded Lueck.