Grapplers top Saints, fall to White Hawks

WHS junior Nick Green pinned Mound-Westonka’s Noah Sweet in one minute, 30 seconds on Jan. 9.

WHS junior Nick Green pinned Mound-Westonka’s Noah Sweet in one minute, 30 seconds on Jan. 9.

The Waconia wrestling team split a home meet on Jan. 9, topping St. Peter but falling to WCC competitor Mound-Westonka.

Beginning the night with the White Hawks, WHS head coach Kelly Wagener said the team was prepared.

“We knew Mound would be a tough opponent,” he said.

The Wildcats found themselves quickly behind 26-0 after losing matches in the lower weights. Josh Reich was the first on the board for Waconia, and started a string of wins that would bring the ‘Cats within two points of winning the match.

Reich won a 7-4 decision over Adrian Wear, before Alex Logelin made his season varsity debut at 145 pounds. Logelin won an 8-5 decision over Kwin Retlerath.

“He’s definitely a boost, gives us a lot of options,” Wagener said of Logelin.

Jacob Steinbauer pinned Mound-Westonka’s Drake Heath in a matter of minutes, earning the fall at 1:02, before Owen Hemze won a 7-2 decision over John Byers.

Nick Green picked up the Wildcats’ second pin of the night, pinning Noah Sweet at 1:30. After Green’s match, the Wildcats had quickly closed the scoring gap and trailed 26-21.

When Mound-Westonka lost a team point for misconduct later in the match, the Wildcats closed in some more. Zach Buffington pinned Kyle Johnson at 2:24 and Eli Teeselink returned to the varsity mat to pick up a forfeit win, but the Wildcats narrowly lost the match 35-33.

Wagener said the whole dual was back and forth in each match and said he felt the Wildcats could have won a few matches or picked up a few extra points, but that the loss is no one’s fault.

“If you guy falls down, hopefully the next guy will pick him up,” Wagener said.

The Wildcats then faced off against St. Peter, a section competitor, later that evening and won 56-16.

“St. Peter always wrestles us pretty strong,” Wagener said. “The score doesn’t reflect the match.”

Tyler Wagener earned a fall at 5:28 at 113 pounds to put the Wildcats up 6-4, before Justin Schultz added to the score with a pin of his own at 3:26.

Logelin picked up his second varsity win of the season with  a 10-2 major decision before Reich pinned at 2:28. With a couple of forfeit wins in the middle weights, the Wildcats led the Saints 34-16 headed into the last four matches of the night.

Those four matches would go to WHS, including three falls. Jed Waligoski earned his pin at 1:03, before Dylan Gluck at 5:45. Buffington won a 13-5 major decision before Teeselink closed the night with a pin.

The Wildcats are now 8-5 this season and are 3-3 in the Wright County Conference. The Wildcats hit the road for a busy week next week at Norwood Young America (Jan. 21) and Litchfield (Jan. 23), before returning to host Chanhassen and Canby on Saturday.

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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