After a 36-31 win over St. Peter on Jan. 29, the toll of the rigorous last few weeks recently began to take its toll on the Waconia wrestling team.
The Wildcats, who had won five matches in as many days, fell to Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran Jan. 31 and finished seventh at the Wright County Conference tournament.
WMML 52, Waconia 9
At Watertown-Mayer on Jan. 31, the Wildcats met some stiff competition. Falling behind early 19-0, the ‘Cats first of only two wins that night came from junior captain Jacob Steinbauer.
With a fall at 1:32 in the first period, Steinbauer defeated WMML’s Hunter Hood. Waconia sophomore Jed Waligoski bested Jon Vouk in a 3-2 decision to grab a few more points for Waconia.
The Royals, who are ranked No. 11 in Class 2A and recently defeated No. 5 powerhouse Scott West, proved why they are quickly becoming one of the strongest teams around by winning nearly every match.
Former WHS state entrant Davion Franklin now competes for WMML and continues to be a force, besting WHS sophomore Eli Teeselink.
Competing against the other nine Wright County conference teams on Feb. 1, the Wildcats finished seventh with 99 points. Hutchinson took home top honors, followed by New London-Spicer and Glencoe-Silver Lake. The Wildcats defeated Delano, Litchfield, and Orono.
Steinbauer was the Wildcats’ sole champion of the day, winning three matches for the title. He earned first period falls against Kyle Polzin (G-SL) and Logan Eckhoff (NL-S) before defeating Litchfield’s Tyler Jones in a 9-4 decision for the championship. Steinbauer was the only Wildcat to make the finals.
Sophomore Mason Hemze and senior Max Bullock both finished third. Hemze won a 9-4 decision over Cameron Steffen, while Bullock defeated Nathan King in a 7-2 decision.
Fourth places finishes came from sophomore Nick Green and senior Riley Trnka. After defeating Grant Baumetz, Green was forced to injury default to DJ Cranston. Trnka was pinned by Max Kaping at 1:18 in his third place match.
Junior Zach Buffington pinned New London-Spicer’s Noah Welsh at 3:38 for fifth place.
The Wildcats will compete in an invitational at Mound-Westonka this weekend.
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