Wrestlers third at St. Francis

The Waconia wrestling team split a dual meet last week with Mound-Westonka and Willmar. The team also finished third at a St. Francis tournament over the weekend.  The Wildcats are now 8-5 overall, 4-3 in the conference (fourth).

Waconia 40, M-W 33

In the first of two matches on Jan. 10, the Wildcats defeated conference opponent Mound-Westonka 40-33. Eighth grader Justin Schultz got the night going for Waconia with a pin. He earned his fall at 4:59 in the third period over Cole Peterson.

Junior Jacob Steinbauer picked up another Wildcat win by pinning Adrian Wear at 0:59 in the first period. Sophomore Mason Hemze won a 9-0 major decision, and the Wildcats’ final win of the night came from senior Max Bullock, who pinned Erick Hannigan at 1:48.

Charlie Kinneberg, senior Riley Trnka, and sophomore Eli Teeselink all won by forfeit, giving the Wildcats the extra boost in points.

Willmar 42, Waconia 24

The Wildcats had never faced the Cardinals of Willmar before, according to Wagener. A state tournament team last season, the Cardinals proved to be both strong and experienced.

Schultz won a 13-9 decision at 106 pounds. Steinbauer, Bullock, and Trnka all picked up falls, but the rest of the Wildcats were unable to defeat their Willmar opponents.

Steinbauer pinned Willmar’s Levi Hauser at 0:58 in the first, before Bullock’s first period fall (1:58). Trnka earned a fall at 1:14 in the first period.

St. Francis tournament

Finishing third of seven teams at St. Francis on Jan. 11, the Wildcats scored 177 points, just seven behind second place Elk River. Eden Prairie won the meet with 201 points. Andover, Buffalo, St. Francis, and New Ulm also participated in the tournament.

The meet featured many new faces for Waconia, but Wagener said he felt the Wildcats still had a good chance to compete. Five Waconia wrestlers advanced to the finals, with sophomore Nick Green and freshman Owen Hemze winning their first tournaments. Bullock also was champion in his weight class.

Green defeated Eden Prairie’s Erik Phillips in a 4-2 overtime decision for the tournament win, while Owen Hemze won a 5-2 decision over Elk River’s Kyle Ziemer. Bullock defeated Robert Schmitz in a fall at 3:17 for his individual title.

Trnka and Mason Hemze were both runners up. Hemze lost in the finals to Eden Prairie’s Chase Monger in a 9-1 major decision. Trnka medically defaulted and Buffalo’s Adam Treptau was declared the winner.

After losing in his second match, Steinbauer defeated Andover’s James Green in a fall at 1:49 for third place. Waconia heavyweights Eli Teeselink and Mitch Green battled each other for third place, with Teeselink earning the fall at 0:31. Junior Zach Buffington also won third place over St. Francis’ Nick Kauppi.

“We’re wrestling really well in individual tournaments right now,” Wagener said, adding that he and the coaching staff are working with the team to transfer tournament results to the dual floor.

The Wildcats are at Henry Sibley this weekend, before hosting New Ulm on Jan. 24.

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