Going into the Class 1A Regional Dual Tournament at Denver, Feb. 11, the 26th-ranked Blazers were up against No. 6 Denver. They eventually fell, 49-30, but gave Denver a run for a while.
Beginning at 160 poounds, Nick Wulfekuhle gave up a first-period fall (1:04) to John Ebaugh after sustaining a shoulder injury during the early seconds. Ty Fangman went into the second period before falling to Brennan Graber (2:58), giving Denver a 12-0 lead.
Evan Wulfekuhle made quick work (0:13) of the female wrestler Denver subbed into the lineup against him, Morgan Smith, making it 12-6. Cole Domeyer lasted the full six minutes against the wrestler originally named to face Wulfekuhle, Nathan Eggena, at 195 before losing 10-4. Trevor Dorn topped Jason Koopmann at 220 (1:20) for a 21-6 lead before Bennett English returned the favor at 285 over Henry Wiebbecks (1:12) to cut it to 21-12.
Nick Schmidt added another fall at 106, over Rhett Bonnette (1:05), to make it even closer, 21-18. But the next four Blazers, Alex Hageman at 113, Danil Wall at 120, Levi Feldman at 126 and Adam Schmitt at 132 gave up falls (0:52, 1:40, 1:49 and 1:13) to put the meet out of reach, 45-18.
Both Nick Hageman at 138 and Mason Recker at 145 got points back via falls. Hageman dumped Josh Terrill (0:42) and Recker, Brody Shover (3:23). A major decision over Conner Grover at 152 went to Denver’s Alex Krabbenhoft (10-2) for the eventual tally, 49-30.
In final action, Denver took the title over New London, 42-27, after New London dumped Colfax-Mongo, 54-21, in their earlier match.