The Waconia wrestling team opened the 2012-13 season at home, hosting a four-team tournament on Dec. 1. Picking up wins over Marshall and LeSueur-Henderson, the Wildcats lost good matches to Milaca and Shakopee, according to head coach Kelly Wagener.
Shakopee 52, Waconia 24
“The score did not reflect at all how we wrestled,” Wagener said.
He added that the Wildcats wrestled well against a ranked AAA team, but could have been a little more aggressive.
The Wildcats’ four wins against Shakopee all came in falls. Junior Jacob Steinbauer (132) earned the first points for Waconia in a fall at 5:40 in the third period. Right after at 138, freshman Owen Hemze picked up a fall at 1:32 in the first period. Senior Max Bullock (182) earned a fall at 2:42 in the second period. Senior Riley Trnka (220) also earned a fall at 59 seconds into his match.
Milaca 37, Waconia 31
Eighth grader Justin Schultz earned his first varsity win against Milaca, in a fall at 1:09 in the first period, and gave the Wildcats a 6-0 lead. Wagener called Schultz’s victory “huge” for both the wrestler and the team.
Steinbauer lost narrowly by two points to a state-ranked wrestler, while Nick Green went into double overtime periods, eventually losing as well.
“It’s kind of how our day went,” Wagener said.
By the time Owen Hemze picked up a fall at 3:09 in the second period, the Wildcats were trailing 19-12. Bullock (3:33) and Trnka (2:51) both picked up second period falls, while sophomore Mason Hemze and Jed Waligowski also won.
Tied at 31-31, the match came down to the heavyweight division. Tied 0-0 after the first period, Waconia’s Eli Teeselink was pinned in the second period and the match went to Milaca.
“We’re right there with those teams,” Wagener said. “And I’m sick of saying that. We just have to get over that hump.”
He said the entire Waconia team wrestled well against Milaca and the match could have gone to either team give or take a few points in matches.
Waconia 51, Marshall 27
In their first win of the day, the Wildcats defeated Marshall/Lakeview in a series of six falls, a win by Green, and a forfeit victory to Logan Scholla.
Schultz picked up another pin in a fall at 1:14 in the first period. Steinbauer (1:12), Owen Hemze (1:02), Mason Hemze (1:02), and Bullock (1:05) all additionally picked up first period falls. Trnka earned a fall at 2:21 in the second period.
Wagener said the team knew they could compete with Marshall, and thus wrestled well spurred by the confidence. With young wrestlers in the lower weights, Wagener said the athletes “did their jobs” by not giving up big-point matches.
“We looked at Marshall as a team we could dominate,” Wagener said.
Waconia 57, LeSueur-Henderson 20
LeSueur-Henderson had six wrestlers at the state meet last season, with two ranked athletes returning to the team this season, so Wagener was not sure what to expect from the Giants on Dec. 1.
In their 57-20 victory, the Wildcats had seven different wrestlers win in falls, beginning with seventh grader Tyler Wagener, who debuted his varsity career at 106 pounds, winning in a fall at 1:05 in the first period.
Reich, Steinbauer, Owen Hemze, Gluck, and Bullock all won in first period falls, while Green won in a fall at 4:33 in the third period. Teeselink also won in a 2-1 match.