The Hastings Raiders wrestling team traveled to Rochester this past weekend for the prestigious Minnesota Christmas Tournament.
An individual tournament that hosts some of the best competition from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the midwest in general, it always proves a tough test for everyone who competes. Last year, Trey Rogers won his Santa hat by taking first at 195 pounds while T.J. Pottinger took sixth. This year, senior Godswill Pepple took fifth for the Raiders at 220 pounds and earned 21 of Hastings 54 team points, which put them in 33rd.
Below are the individual results:
Eighth-grader Josh Route was 1-2 at 106 pounds with a bye. He lost to Teagan Block of Prior Lake by technical fall (15-0) and Cal Lonnquist of Wayzata by a 9-0 major decision.
Fellow eighth-grader Aiden Erickson went 2-2 at 113 pounds with two wins by pin fall over Jeremiah Vanacker of Forest Lake (4:22) and Lane Lembke of Westfield (1:54) in the first and second consolation rounds. He lost in his first match to Javan Kaufman of Mounds View by a 9-1 major decision and in the third consolation round to Tory Pumper of Scott West by a 6-0 decision. Erickson earned six team points.
Freshman Blake Reamer went 2-2 at 120 pounds with two byes and losses to Javon Taschuk of Stillwater (fall in 0:26) and AJ Smith of Shakopee (fall in 0:46).
Senior Matt Myers wrestled at 126 pounds and was 3-2 with two byes (the first championship and second consolation rounds). He lost to Regan Schrempp of Apple Valley by fall in 1:25 and John Poulin of Zumbrota-Mazeppa by a 4-2 decision. Myers beat Matt Wallerius of Wayzata by a 7-0 decision in the third consolation round.
Senior Lynden Wilson went 2-2 with two byes at 132 pounds. He lost to Cole Becker of St. Michael-Albertville by tech fall (19-3) and to Cale Steuber of Fairmont by a 7-4 decision.
Senior Jesse Mimbach wrestled at 138 pounds and was 2-2 with one bye in the first championship round. He lost to Trey Kruse of Stillwater in the second championship round by an 8-1 decision and then beat Mitch Engebretson of Mounds View by injury default in the second consolation round. He then lost to Grant Woodruff of St. Francis in a 6-4 decision. Mimbach earned three team points.
Senior Paul Kendall earned eight team points at 145 pounds. He received a bye in the first championship round, won by fall in 0:21 over Wyatt Nelson of Forest Lake in the second championship round but then lost two straight to Kaden Nelson of Owatonna (9-7 decision) and Tyler Vanderlois of Kaukauna (fall in 1:59).
Senior Mac Wilson was 5-2 at 152 pounds with two byes in the first championship round and second consolation round. He lost to Brandon Kidd of Shakopee by a 15-2 major decision in the second championship round and then won three matches in a row by fall against Scott Gray of Prior Lake (2:53), Colton Kerkow of Scott West (0:56) and Griffin Studier of Albert Lea in 3:35). Wilson fell to Sawyer Hamilton of Ellsworth in the sixth consolation round by a 7-2 decision.
Junior Devon McSorley wrestled at 160 pounds and went 1-2 with a bye. He lost to Jack Bricker of Minnetonka by a 4-3 decision and Calvin Grise of St. Francis by fall in 3:46.
Sophomore Isaac Fritz wrestled at 170 pounds for senior Corbin Leflay who participated in the 2018 Minnesota All-Star football game on Saturday. Fritz went 2-2 with two byes and losses to Luke Weierke of Farmington by fall in 1:20 and William Krueger of Rochester Mayo by fall in 1:25.
Senior Alex O'Connor went 1-2 at 182 pounds with a bye and losses to Quayin Short of Simley (16-4 major decision) and Drake Schams of Holmen (4-1 decision).
Junior Mukhtar Ali competed at 195 pounds where he was 2-2 with two byes and losses to Vicente Deleon of Byron by fall in 5:23 and Jacob Ranning of Totino-Grace by fall in 2:39.
Senior Godswill Pepple wrestled in the 220-pound weight class and went 6-2 with no byes. He beat Dedric Burger of Rochester Mayo in the first championship round by fall in 2:15 but then lost in the second championship round to Charles Dressel of Mounds View by fall in 5:55. From there Pepple racked up four straight wins over Luke Effertz of Owatonna (14-3 major decision), Hudson Hollander of Edmond (11-2 major decision), Dylan Nirk of Westfield (8-7 decision) and Hunter Struffert of Scott West (fall in 4:27). Pepple then lost in the consolation semifinals to Tommy Johnson of Shakopee by fall in 3:37 before winning the fifth-place match in a rematch against Dressel of Mounds View by injury default.
Senior Luke Chamberlain went 0-2 at 285 pounds with losses to Collin McCarthy of Stillwater by a 1-0 decision and Diego Villeda of Eagan by fall in 2:09.
Hastings next wrestles on Friday, Dec. 21, in a triangular at Totino-Grace with Totino-Grace and Waconia.