Beckman’s wrestling team traveled to Solon for a dual, Jan. 9, and fell, 44-29.

“The scoreboard doesn’t reflect what our guys did tonight,” Beckman coach Cody Ortman said.

With just 11 wrestlers in the lineup, the Blazers knew going in that they were under the gun. “But our guys fought hard every match and period and sure made Solon work hard to get the win,” added Ortman. “Solon as a team is very good and very competitive. We knew bonus points were going to be huge considering the three open weights. The kids didn’t let the negative external factors come into play and instead went out and fought hard in every match.”

Opening at 170, Ty Fangman fell to Jax Flynn (1:29). Evan Wulfekuhle at 182 was back in the line-up and built an 8-4 decision over Seamus Poynton to cut the margin to 6-3.

Three straight forfeits, at 195, 220 and 285, gave the Spartans a 24-3 lead. Mason Koelker and Nick Schmidt got two of those back via forfeits at 106 and 113 before Danil Wall earned a major decision at 120 from Kaden Lamm (16-2) to make it 24-19.

Levi Feldman pinned Jakobe Lahr at 126 to put the Blazers up 25-24.

Johnny Hoyle took a major decision from Adam Schmitt at 132 (13-2) before Nick Hageman got it back at 138 (14-1) over Ethan Swan, 29-28. The telling points came from Mason Recker at 145 (technical fall, 18-3, at 6:00), Conner Grover (technical fall, 16-1, at 2:35) and Nick Wulfekuhle (1:20).

“We had multiple matches that proved we are on the right track and believing that we can compete with anyone,” said Ortman. “Evan had a big win tonight, wrestling a very smart match by making his opponent wrestle his match, something Evan is very good at doing. Danil and Nick Hageman were also great examples. They went out with something to prove from the first whistle. They got to their attacks immediately and did not waste any time getting bonus points for the team.

“We believe that if we had a full lineup tonight, there would have been a different outcome.”

Five Blazers wrestled nine exhibition matches. Will Lemke, Easton Koelker, and Ryan Funke posted 1-1 records, Alex Hageman won by technical fall and Sam Krapfl lost twice.