Hosting MFL MarMac and Edgewood-Colesburg Dec. 7, the Beckman wrestling team won both duals, topping MFL, 47-36 and Ed-Co, 67-6.
MFL got off to a hot start in the first dual, beginning with forfeits from the Blazers at 132, 138, 145 and 152 for a 24-0 advantage that grew to 30-0 when Kashton Mathis got a last-second pin in the second period over Ryan Schlarmann at 160. The Blazers received a forfeit at 170 to begin a string of seven wins.
Ryan Funke started the parade with a fall over Taylor Herzman (1:42) at 182. Levi Feldman needed just 45 seconds to pin Collin Henkles at 195, after the match was finally allowed to happen. The MFL coach questioned Feldman’s eligibility for the 195-pound match when he was listed in the program at 170.
Coach Steve Lueck explained. “The program lists the minimum weight a wrestler can compete. Levi failed to make the 170 weight at weigh-ins this morning, which automatically bumps him to 182, so wrestling up to 195 was completely legal.”
The question forced the dual to halt for about 20 minutes while the referees called the state association to check and got the confirmation that Feldman was legal to wrestle at that weight.
Once they got back on the mat, the Blazers were not to be stopped. Owen Huehnergarth took out Nolan Lerch at 220 (1:12) and Isaac Barrick needed just 31 seconds to stop Austin Schaller at 285. Jake Schmidt was even faster, 13 seconds to pin TJ Coleman at 106. The Blazers led 42-36 when Nick Schmidt entered the final match. He built a 16-5 tech fall over Jack Vorwald at 126 for the final mark.
Lueck added, “These were two great wins in what was probably one of the longer and tougher stretches of our season. We wrestled well and beat a top-10 MFL.”
Against the under-manned Ed-Co team, the Blazers wrestled just five matches and won all five. Conner Grover pinned Conner Kirby at 160 (1:23), Funke did likewise at 170 over Connor Wilson (0:41). Jake Schmidt took his second pin of the night, from Marcus Gaul (1:02) and Shawn Brunsman out-lasted Adam Kloser at 113 for a major decision, 14-2. Nick Schmidt went the distance and scored a reverse in the last seconds to win 7-6 over Dawson Bergan.
Dec. 9 found the team at Maquoketa for a quadrangular against the Cardinals, Rock Island, Ill., and Marion. They knocked off Maquoketa, 48-21, but fell to Marion, 44-33, and Rock Island, 39-36.
In the win, Ethan Gaul took out Tate Martin at 145 (3:10), beginning a streak of pins, from Grover over Spencer Martin (2:41), Funke over Jesse Cornwell (0:39), Huehnergarth over Jackson Van Keuren (3:20), Jason Koopmann at 285 over Maximo Kuan (1:48). Brunsman decisioned Drake Tallman (6-2) as did White over Cam Tracy (7-2).
Against Marion, Alex Hageman began the meet at 138 with a fall over Mason Dunlevy (4:00). Feldman decisioned Ethan Hangartner (11-5), Jake Schmidt pinned Lucas Horak (1:39) and Nick Schmidt pinned Roden Fetter (1:04). Grover and Funke were awarded forfeits.
The Blazers led the Rock Island matches 36-27 until the final two weights, a forfeit at 220 and a fall by Eli Gustafson over Barrick (1:11). They got wins from Jake Schmidt over Rebecca Ferguson (0:41), Nick Schmidt over Daniel McGhee (5:44), Riley White over Omareon Gay (3:58), and Huehnergarth over Andrew Marquez (2:21). Grover and Funke both got forfeits.
“Thursday’s meet was against several 3A and 2A teams and going 1-2, the losses very close, was a good outing,” said Lueck.
At the Bobcat Duals Dec. 11 at Epworth, the Blazers went 1-3, falling to Western Dubuque, 48-26, topping Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 42-35, falling to Southeast Polk, 84-0, and Bathalto (Civic Memorial, Ill.), 60-18.
The highlight of the day was the 3-1 record Nick Schmidt posted, earning him the 100th win of his career. He topped Maddox Bries, of WD (TF 15-0), Kennedy’s Johan Hallam (4:00) and Bethalto’s Aiden Turner (0:14). His only loss was to Southeast Polk’s Nathanael Jesuroga (1:54).
Grover was also 3-1 on the day, topping WD’s Nevin Pins (3-1), Kennedy’s Christian Gasper (4:42) and Bethalto’s Braydon Moss (0:22). Going 2-2 were Funke, Jake Schmidt, Koopman, Brunsman. Going 1-3 were Schlarman and Feldman.
“This was one of the tougher tournaments of the season,” added Lueck. “We wrestled well against WD but, due to too many forfeits, lost the meet. In head-to-head matches, we actually won six and lost four. We beat a tough Kennedy team, then lost to Southeast Polk, ranked in the top 20 nationally. Then we ended the day losing a close one to an Illinois team.
“We lost a couple of key starters due to injuries this week but still ended up going 4-5, with the losses to schools much larger than we are. We look forward to Senior Night this week and a trip to North Linn Saturday.”