Tigers fall to 10th ranked wrestling team
The Morris Area/Hancock/ Chokio-Alberta wrestling team traveled to Madison to take on the 10th ranked Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle team. The match went back and forth all night with several close matches and two overtime matches in which the Tigers came out on the short end. In the end, the Tigers just didn't have enough horses to pull out the victory. It could set up a very good rematch in the section team tournament.
The match started at 106 pounds with Mitch Ascheman losing 22-9 to Mitch Fulton.
Travis Ostby then got the tigers on the board with a fall in :25 seconds over Jordan Bothun at 113.
Max Feuchtenberger then lost a tough match 16-13 to Action Herman at 120.
The Tigers pulled ahead again when Devin Robertsen recorded his first varsity win in his first varsity match. He pinned Zeb Willis in 5:53 at 126 pounds.
The Eagles scored back-to-back pins by two of their top wrestlers to pull ahead again. T.J. Fulton pinned Dillan Johnson in 2:29 at 132 and John Weeding pinned Myles Smith in 4:56 at 138.
The Tigers then took the lead back with two wins of their own. Seth Nelson defeated Wyatt Ireland 5-4 at 145 pounds and Jordan Thooft scored a pin in :58 seconds over Mike Stottler at 152.
Tim Ostby then lost a very tough match to Garth Oxendorf at 160 pounds and the Eagles took the lead to stay. The match ended in overtime with Oxendorf scoring a takedown to win 3-1.
The Tigers then forfeited to Sam Haas at 170 and bumped several wrestlers up a weight class. Connor Metzger defeated Jordan Staab 6-3 at 182 pounds. Jared Roiland then pinned Wade Ehlers in 3:03 at 195 pounds. Joel Harrison lost 8-1 to J.D. Struxness at 220.
Zach Gibson tried his best to avenge a semi-finals loss on Saturday to Brandon Schmitt. That match was decided in the last seconds of regular time. This match was decided in the final overtime period. Schmitt won 2-1.
Coach Troy Ostby said the team goal was to beat the Eagles, but staying with them and having the opportunity to win showed that the Tigers are on the move and ready to take a place at the final day of the team tournament.
The Tigers travel to Cass Lake on Friday and Saturday for the Big Bear Tournament and then host Breckenridge on Tuesday night before the holiday break.