Beckman’s wrestlers easily copped both sides of a double dual, Dec. 10 at MFL MarMac, taking out the hosts, 51-21 and Edgewood-Colesburg 59-24.
In the first win, Jason Koopmann took the first actual match win at 220, over Logan Brown (4:39). After a quick pin of Isaac Barrick at 285 (:39), the Blazers got one back from Nick Schmidt at 106 over Koal Klenk (3:10) to begin a run of 12 straight points. They included decisions from Alex Hageman at 113 over Caleb Nordheim (8-3) and Danil Wall at 120 over Kashton Mathis (16-11), putting the Blazers up 24-12.
They gave up a decision at 126 (Jack Vorwald over Adam Schmitt 8-3) and pin at 132 (Karter Decker over Levi Feldman 3:10) to cut the margin to 24-21. But a forfeit to Nick Hageman at 138 began another run, this time to the win. Mason Recker pinned Michael Knickerbocker at 145 (1:06), Ryan Funke earned a decision over Austin Schlee at 152 (11-5), and both Nick Wulfekuhle at 160 and Cole Domeyer at 170 got pins (3:28, 1:11) for the final margin. Evan Wulfekuhle (182)had been awarded a forfeit to start the night and Owen Huehnergarth fell in 4:39 at 195.
The meet against Ed-Co began at 170 with a loss for Domeyer to Max Bahls (2:20). Evan Wulfekuhle got his second forfeit, as did Huehnergarth, Koopmann, and Barrick to lead 24-6. Schmidt pinned Peyton Gaul (1:05) before Dawson Bergan did the same to Alex Hageman (1:37) to make it 30-12. Wall got a forfeit and Schmitt a fall from Lucas Rezende (2:53) to stretch the Blazer lead to 42-12 before Alex Jones stopped Feldman (5:37). That was the last Viking win until the final bout, Bo Struble over Nick Wulfekuhle (4:00). In between, Nick Hageman got a forfeit, Recker drew a fall from Chase Kirby (2:28) and Funke earned a tech fall over Nathaniel Gaul (19-4, 4:00).
Coach Cody Ortman was pleased with the night’s work.”Going into the dual with MFL, we remembered all those previous years where they got the better of us so we made it very clear that bonus points were going to be huge where we could get them. The guys executed the plan perfectly.
“I think too we are growing in in-match adjustments. We had multiple matches where our original strategy was not following through. The guys did an excellent job of staying in communication with the coaches and adjusting to the opponent’s way of wrestling. The guys are starting to believe in how much they are capable of and that is the type of confidence we have been striving to promote.”
At Marion Dec. 12, the Blazers stopped both DeWitt, 57-24, and the host school, 44-31. Against DeWitt, Koopmann, Schmidt, Nick Hageman, Recker, Connor Grover (at 152), Nick Wulfekuhle and Ty Fangman (170) all won by fall, the quickest being Schmidt’s in 0:38. Wall added a 6-0 decision, and both Evan Wulfekuhle and Huehnergarth received forfeits.
In the Marion dual, they dropped their first three bouts before Wall got a forfeit to make it 6-18. Schmitt fell but Feldman negated that with a fall and began a string of four straight Blazer wins that included another fall from Recker, a tech fall from Nick Hageman (17-1, 4:19) and a decision from Grover to give them a 26-24 lead. Nick Wulfekuhle and Fangman dropped decisions but Evan Wulfekuhle, Huehnergarth and Koopmann took back the meet with falls.
Ortman added, “It was another great showing from our guys and a reflection of how much they continue to develop. There were some very exciting matches. Connor, another undersized 152, claimed a huge victory in a back and forth match. His sheer will to win was the sole reason behind the outcome and what he lacks in size he makes up with a great heart, making him a dangerous wrestler. Our senior, Evan, led by example tonight by wrestling a dominating match with composure. There were some hairy situations where things seemed to escalate during the match but Evan remained focused and sealed the deal with a pin.
“I am happy with the way the guys competed tonight but there is still work to be done. This momentum will be great for us as we head into the Mount Vernon Invite (Dec. 14).”
The Blazers traveled there and came home with third place in the team standings, as well as an individual championship for Evan Wulfekuhle. He began with a bye, then stopped Xavier’s Michael Steffen (1:38), Lisbon’s Truman Krob (MD11-2) and Assumption’s John Argo (1:52).
Lisbon dominated the tourney and took first with 336.5 points. Davenport Assumption was next at 171, followed by BHS 142, West Liberty 132, Wapsi Valley 95, Wapello 93, Muscatine 87, Xavier 85, Marion 71, Louisa-Muscatine 59, Mount Vernon 57, East Buchanan 56, Sigourney-Keota 51, Washington 41 and Cascade 9.5.
Placing third were Wall and Recker. Fourths went to Schmidt, Nick Hageman and Koopman. Huehnergarth took fifth and sixths went to Grover and Fangman.
“Our guys looked tough and wrestled great,” said Ortman. “Third as a team is definitely a sign of success and reflection of how hard these guys are working as it is probably our best finish ever at this tournament. We brought 11 guys down and nine finished in the top six.
“We are starting to develop our mental game. A prime example is Nick Schmidt. Last week he was pinned by Marion’s Niyo, a top-ranked 3A wrestler. This week Nick pinned him in the first period. If Nick continues to prepare himself mentally before every match, he is going to be one dangerous wrestler.
“Evan is another who leads by example. He blew the doors off this place winning every match by pin or major. He is coming in under the radar this year after sitting last year but is making it pretty clear he is the top dog at 182.
“As a team, I am happy with how we wrestled but we are not content to place third, our goal is to be first.”