Tigers win home conference duals
The Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta Tiger wrestling program hosted a rare home triangular against conference foes the Paynesville Bulldogs and the Benson Braves on Thursday, Jan. 23. The Tigers won both matches, raising their dual record to 6-4. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 25, the Tigers traveled to Montevideo to participate in the West Central Conference meet.
The Tigers defeated Paynesville 37-29 in the opening match of the triangular on Thursday evening.
The Paynesville match went back and forth starting with Matt Munsterman picking up a fall for the Tigers over Shaw Rue of the Bulldogs in :44 seconds at 106 pounds. The Bulldogs then tied it up with two decisions. Ben Koehl was beaten 14-8 by Eric Sandquist at 113 pounds, and Jared Rohloff lost a close 9-8 match against Jared Kunstleben at 120 pounds. With the match tied 6-6, the Tigers won the next four matches to take the lead.
Mitch Ascheman won by a major decision over Jonathan Schaeffer 15-5 at 126 pounds, and Travis Ostby pinned Connor Meagher in 1:05 in the 132 pound match. At 138 pounds, senior Dillan Johnson returned to the lineup winning by a pin in :35 seconds over Nick Gabrielson. Finally, Myles Smith won by a decision 7-0 over Andrew Kerzman at 145 pounds.
The Tigers lead 25-6 after these four wins, but the Bulldogs weren’t done. They made the same exact run of four matches to tie the score 25-25. Jerid Berning lost by a major decision 16-2 to Devin Meagher at 152 pounds, and Devin Robertson was pinned by Jacob Mages in 1:17 in the 160 pound match. In 170 pounds, Danny Tracy lost by a pin in :43 seconds to Anthony Wendlandt, and Jordan Thooft lost by a decision 9-3 to Michael Ludwig at 182 pounds. With the score tied and Tiger senior Aaron Nelson out, eighth grader Gage Wevely picked up a fall in :53 seconds over Cody Hunt at 195 pounds to make the score 31-25.
Alec Gausman then lost by a major decision 14-2 to Derek Ludwig at 220 pounds, bringing the score to 31-29.
It all came down to the heavyweights. Junior Jacob Sperr came out strong against Mitchell Floura and gained a pin in 1:22 to win his match and the team match. The final was 37-29.
Morris Area Hancock Chokio-Alberta (MAHA) 37.0 Paynesville (P) 29.0
106: Matt Munsterman, MAHA, pinned Shawn Rue, P, 0:44. 113: Eric Sandquist, P, dec. Ben Koehl, MAHA, 14-8. 120: Jared Kunstleben, P, dec. Jared Rohloff, MAHA, 9-8. 126: Mitch Ascheman, MAHA, maj. dec. Jonathan Schaeffer, P, 15-5. 132: Travis Ostby, MAHA, pinned Connor Meagher, P, 1:05. 138: Dillan Johnson, MAHA, pinned Nick Gabrielson, P, 0:35. 145: Myles Smith, MAHA, dec. Andrew Kerzman, P, 7-0. 152: Devin Meagher, P, maj. dec. Jerid Berning, MAHA, 16-2. 160: Jacob Mages, P, pinned Devin Robertson, MAHA, 1:17. 170: Anthony Wendlandt, P, pinned Danny Tracy, MAHA, 0:43. 182: Michael Ludwig, P, dec. Jordan Thooft, MAHA, 9-3. 195: Gage Wevley, MAHA, pinned Cody Hunt, P, 0:53. 220: Derek Ludwig, P, maj. dec. Alec Gausman, MAHA, 14-2. 285: Jacob Sperr, MAHA, pinned Mitchell Floura, P, 1:22.
In the Tigers second match of the night, the result was never in question. The Tigers started out strong and stayed strong picking up 11 of the 14 matches, defeating Benson 52-15.
Munsterman again started them out with a 5-1 decision over Jared Knutson at 106. Koehl followed up with a pin in :17 seconds over Wyatt McGee at 113, and Rohloff won by major decision over Ethan Lagge 17-7 at 120 pounds. At 126 pounds, Ascheman then won a see-saw battle over Lane Geyer 7-6 and Ostby won by a pin in 3:50 over Aaron Zosel at 132 pounds. Probably the most exciting match of the night happened at 138 pounds when Dillan Johnson earned a last second reversal to defeat Grant Ascheman. Myles Smith then defeated Dan Lenarz with a pin in :24 seconds at 145 pounds.
The Braves finally got on the scoreboard at 152 and 160 pounds, but Steven Koehl got the Tigers winning again with a pin in 1:44 over Matt Weber in :44 seconds and then Thooft won by a decision over Trevor Berreau 10-5 at 182 pounds.
The Tigers forfeited at 195 pounds to R.J. Hogrefe, but picked up two more pins to finish the match. Gausman pinned Dakota Watkins in 1:43 at 220 pounds and Sperr pinned Ross Grussing in :13 at 285 pounds.
Morris Area Hancock Chokio-Alberta (MAHA) 52.0 Benson (BEN) 15.0
106: Matt Munsterman, MAHA, dec. Jared Knutson, BEN, 5-1; 113: Ben Koehl, MAHA, pinned Wyatt McGee, BEN, 0:17; 120: Jared Rohloff, MAHA, maj. dec. Ethan Lagge, BEN, 17-7; 126: Mitchell Ascheman, MAHA, dec. Lane Geyer, BEN, 7-6; 132: Travis Ostby, MAHA, pinned Aaron Zosel, BEN, 3:50; 138: Dillan Johnson, MAHA, dec. Grant Ascheman, BEN, 7-6; 145: Myles Smith, MAHA, pinned Dan Lenarz, BEN, 0:24; 152: Bryce Goff, BEN, pinned Jerid Berning, MAHA, 1:58; 160: Mitch Koosman, BEN, dec. Danny Tracy, MAHA, 10-4; 170: Steven Koehl, MAHA, pinned Matt Wieber, BEN, 1:44; 182: Jordan Thooft, MAHA, dec. Trevor Berreau, BEN, 10-5; 195: RJ Hogrefe, BEN, forf; 220: Alec Gausman, MAHA, pinned Dakota Watkins, BEN, 1:43; 285: Jacob Sperr, MAHA, pinned Ross Grussing, BEN, 0:13
West Central Conference
The MAHACA Tigers competed in a very tough West Central Conference meet on Saturday, Jan. 25 in Montevideo.
Senior Dillan Johnson was the lone Tiger to make it into the finals and he finished as a runner up. Johnson will be the only All Conference wrestler for the Tigers this year.
Seven other Tigers placed in the tournament and the Tigers finished eighth out of nine teams with 61 points. United (Dawson-Boyd-Montevideo-Lac Qui Parle Valley) won the tournament with 171 points, followed by Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City with 164 points.
Johnson was the No. 3 seed in the tournament. In the first round, Johnson defeated Marcelo Arredondo of Minnewaska by a pin in 1:53. In the second round, Johnson faced the No. 2 seed Kirby Winson of Quad County and won a close decision 5-2. In the finals, Johnson lost to the No. 1 seed Logan Knoshal of United by a decision 5-1.
(1) United 171 (2) A-C-GC 164 (3) Paynesville 85 (4) Minnewaska 78 (5) Quad County 77 (6) BOLD 71 (7) Melrose/Sauk Centre 65 (8) MAHACA 61 (9) Benson 45
How MAHACA fared individually
(Key: weight: name record, place
106: Matt Munsterman 2-2, 4th; 120: Mitchell Ascheman 1-3, 6th; 132: Travis Ostby 1-2, 4th; 138: Dillan Johnson 2-1, 2nd; 145: Myles Smith 2-2, 4th; 152: Jerid Berning 0-2 DNP; 160: Danny Tracy 0-2, DNP; 170: Jordan Thooft 2-2, 5th; 182: Steven Koehl 0-0, DNP; 220: Alec Gausman 2-2, 5th; 285: Jacob Sperr 0-2, 5th
The 6-4 Tigers will be on the road to Alexandria for the “Big Ole” Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 1. Then, continuing with the away schedule, on Monday, Feb. 3, the Tigers will travel to MACCRAY to take on BOLD and Quad County in a rescheduled triangular. The Tigers are in Wheaton on Friday, Feb. 7 before their home invite on Saturday, Feb. 8.