At the dual regional wrestling tourney, Feb. 9 in Gilbertville, Beckman split, topping Sigourney-Keota, 40-28, before falling to top-ranked Don Bosco, 68-12.
The win over S-K was a revenge of sorts, for the football defeat suffered at their hands in late October. Several of the Blazers were on that team and got wins over their opponents.
Jason Koopmann was one of them and opened the night at 285 with a fall over Zachary Smithart (1:37). Mason Koelker came back to receive a forfeit at 113, followed by Danil Wall’s fall over DJ Hammes at 120 (4:27). Nick Schmidt pinned Daniel McLaughlin at 126 (1:24) before both Alex Hageman and Riley White gave up falls (3:36, 1:04), making the team score 24-12.
Nick Hageman got them back on track with a fall at 145 over Talan Zickefoose (1:22), followed by Mason Recker’s pin of Evan Dawson at 152 (1:39). Connor Grover gave up a major decision to Jack Clarahan at 160 (11-2), Ryan Funke fell at 170 (5:31) and Nick Wulfekuhle did the same at 182 (1:33), making it 36-28. Owen Huehnergarth closed it out with a tech fall (16-1, 4:12) at 195 over Cade Streigle.
Against the Dons, a complete roster gave them a 24-0 lead. Koopmann fell to Mack Ortner (3:21), but Wall took out Cole Frost (5:30). Schmidt fell to Kaiden Knack (3:44), Alex Hageman to Myles McMahon (via tech fall 19-2, 3:35), White to Cody Brown (0:18) and Nick Hageman to Cael Rahnavardi (0:46).
Recker got one back over Landon Fernandez (1:39) before Grover and Funke went down (2:59, 0:25). Huehnergarth battled to an eventual 3-0 decision to Cedric Yoder.
Coach Steven Lueck added, “The battle with Sigourney was a good one and got a measure of revenge for some of the guys. The football game was kind of a motivator. The night went pretty much as we had expected. Don Bosco is a program we aspire to become in the future. It will be nice to catch them sometime.”