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Nine Warrior wrestlers place in Montevideo tournament

January 10, 2013

Jordan Clarke wrestling in the 145 pound class wins by decision. 
Jordan Clarke wrestling in the 145 pound class wins by decision.
By: Sean Solheim, Sports Writer
Over Christmas break, the Fulda/Murray County Central Warrior wrestling team traveled to Montevideo to take part in the David Roder Memorial Tournament. Besides the Warriors, seven other teams competed for the title, and that included: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Canby, Pine Island, Border West, Dawson-Boyd/Lac Qui Parle Valley, Montevideo, and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.

During the tournament, nine Warrior wrestlers were able to place sixth place or better, and the first to do so was in the 113 pound class with Clayton Hartle.

Hartle was given a bye the first round and later was matched up with Mason Pullis of Border West. Hartle and Pullis were even with each other for a while, but as the match drew closer to a close, Hartle was able to take an advantage and go up comfortably when the final buzzer sounded. Hartle won the match by decision, 6-2, to move on to the championship match. In that match, the only thing standing in Hartle’s way of first place was Connor King of Canby. Hartle wasted no time in getting an advantage on King, and that proved to be the difference at the end. Hartle was able to get the points he needed and fight off the attack of King to take 1st place by decision, 6-0.

Ben Blanchette was another Warrior that placed in the tournament. He started his bout in the 126 pound class against Spencer Sulflow of Montevideo. Blanchette and Sulflow had a great match. Both the wrestlers were back and forth in terms of control all match, but in the end, Sulflow just had a slight edge as Blanchette fell by decision, 10-9. The loss in the early going gave Blanchette motivation to fight back, and he sure showed that in his second match of the day. Connor Swartout of Pine Island was Blanchette’s second match of the day. Before long, Blanchette was gaining a lot of points. He gained enough points that he was able to move on by technical fall, 15-0. The momentum he had didn’t stop there. Blanchette was able to pin Caleb Christian of TMB-WWG in 2:49 before winning by decision, 9-6, over Derek Dangerud of ACGC. That last win gave Blanchette a third place finish in the tournament.

Dalton Keeler in the 138 pound class was able to place sixth in the tournament for his weight class. Keeler was matched up with Kyle Gilbertson of TMB-WWG in the first round where he fell by decision, 6-2. Keeler was rewarded a bye in his second match where then he was matched up with Joe Schomaker of Montevideo. Keeler was pinned in that match, but that gave him a rematch for 5th place against Gilbertson. Keeler was able to score more points against him, but Gilbertson just had the upper edge, and that gave Keeler a sixth place finish.

Tanner Nelson wrestled in the 152 pound class where he too was able to claim sixth place. Logan Peterson of ACGC gave Nelson a hard time in the first match as Nelson fell by major decision, 13-0. In his second match, Nelson was able to bounce back and move into a placing match against Michael Stottler of DB-LQPV. The match was close for both wrestlers, but Nelson won against Stottler by decision, 4-2. Mason Kwilinski of Montevideo pinned Nelson in 2:11, but that set up a 5th place match against Austin Campbell of Canby. Unfortunately for Nelson, Campbell was able to pin him as well, giving Nelson a sixth place finish in the tournament.

Ben Loosbrock had a great tournament of his own as he fought hard all the way through. In his first match in the 170 pound class, Loosbrock was matched up with Hayden Goplen of Canby where Loosbrock moved on with a pin in 1:31. In his second match, Mathew Whitcomb gave Loosbrock more of a challenge, but still wasn’t enough to over take the Senior from MCC. Loosbrock was able to advance to the championship match by decision, 5-3. Austin Maanum of Border West stood in Loosbrock’s way of a title. Both wrestlers fought hard for the title and both wrestlers were dead even for the entire match. As the final buzzer sounded, Maanum had the slight edge on Loosbrock by decision, 3-2. That loss gave Loosbrock second place in the tournament.

Dylan Nelson wrestled in the 182 pound class where he too placed sixth in the tournament. Nelson was pinned to open the tournament up in that class by Maverick Whitcomb of ACGC in 1:23. After a bye, Nelson was matched up with Tanner Michelson of TMB-WWG where he was pinned again in 27 seconds, but he was able to compete for fifth place with that bye. In the final round, Dylan Nelson was matched with David Nelson of Montevideo. Dylan Nelson was able to avoid the pin all match and gain points on his opponent, but David Nelson was able to gain enough to win fifth place comfortably by decision, 11-4.

Shay Posthuma, another Senior from MCC, was able to place in the tournament in the 195 pound class. Cole Regnier of Canby pinned Posthuma in the first round, but he was to bounce back later. After a bye, Posthuma was pinned again, that time by Jamie Wenker of Border West, but that set up a fifth place match with Jake Peterson of TMB-WWG. The match was even between the two wrestlers, until time was called for Peterson. Peterson somehow got injured in the match with Posthuma and he was not able to return. Posthuma was awarded fifth place by injury defeat.

Brian Behrends, another Senior from MCC, had a great run at the title himself. After a first round bye, Behrends was matched up with Jordan Fester of ACGC where he moved on with a pin in 1:25. Zach Kennedy of Pine Island wrestled with Behrends for the title. Kennedy gave Behrends a hard time as the match ended shortly with Behrends falling by pin in 3:24.

Arron Benson was the final Warrior to place in the tournament in the 285 pound class. Benson had a bye in the first round of the tournament where the met up with Lucas Damm of ACGC in the second round. Benson struggled to get going against Damm and the match was cut short when Benson fell by a pin in 2:58. Benson had another bye after the loss and was later matched up with Brady Kunz of Pine Island. Kunz too was able to defeat Benson by pin, but in 1:07. The loss gave Benson a fourth place finish in the tournament, however.

With all the placings that the Warriors were able to get, the team combined for 66.5 points and a seventh place finish overall. The next match that the Warriors will have in in Slayton as they host a triangular with Montevideo and Windom/Mountain Lake.

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