ELMWOOD — Elmwood/Spring Valley wrestlers were able to hit the mat for the first time all season on Tuesday as they faced off against Regis/Altoona.
Much like other wrestling matches around the state, forfeits were a part of the night as the Cardinals were forced to forfeit at 138 and 170 pounds, while Regis/Altoona conceded at 182 pounds. The rest of the dual was filled with able wrestlers however, and the competition was fierce.
Kicking things off for the Cardinals were the Casey siblings. Haeli Casey was first up at 106 pounds and was pinned in the third period. Kaleb Casey (113) came in next and quickly dispatched his opponent, winning by fall just over one minute into the match.
With the score tied at 6-6, the next four matches were when the Cardinals began to slip too far behind. First up was a 10-2 major decision that Aiden O’Meara was on the wrong side of. Then Tylor LaCroix was pinned one minute into his match. Next, another 10-2 major decision went against the Cardinals during Tristan Neisinger’s 132-pound match. Finally, the first of Elmwood/Spring Valley’s forfeits was recorded and the Cardinals were suddenly facing a 26-6 deficit.
Cole Steinmeyer (145) and Max Schmitt (152) got the Cardinals back in it with second- and third-period pins, respectively. It wasn’t enough however as the two teams traded matches the rest of the way through en route to Regis/Altoona’s 50-30 win.
Nate Fesenmaier was the last Cardinal to record a win, as he did so with a pin at the 1:09 mark.
Elmwood/Spring Valley, 0-1, is next scheduled to wrestle at home against Boyceville on Dec. 15.
Ellsworth gets closer to form with victory
One week after suffering a defeat, Ellsworth licked its wounds and came ready to wrestle, defeating Somerset 72-12 on Thursday.
The Spartans were forced to forfeit five matches but even with those gifted wins, the Panthers still held a 42-12 point advantage for matches determined on the mat.
Ellsworth got to work quickly, with three consecutive wins by fall. Zack Peterson at 160 pounds and Louis Jahnke (195) won with first-period pins, while Anthony Madsen (170) got his pin in the second period.
Somerset got on the scoreboard when Landon Anez defeated Ian Matzek at 220 pounds with a second-period pin, but the Spartans wouldn’t score another point until the final match of the night.
Ellsworth responded to Matzek’s loss by winning its next four matches. Kyle Anschutz (285) won by fall 13 seconds into the match, Braden Matzek (145) pinned his opponent 30 seconds into his match and Corey Poellinger (132) won by fall 39 seconds in. Tyler Boley (138) won by fall in the second period to round out Ellsworth’s victories.
Ellsworth, 1-1, travels to New Richmond on Dec. 17 for its next match.
Forfeits continue force Prescott’s hand
For the second consecutive week Prescott was forced into eight forfeits out of 14 total wrestling matches. The result was a lopsided 66-16 defeat at the hands of St. Croix Central on Thursday night.
Take a closer look at the scores however, and you’ll notice that in the matches won on the mat, the Cardinals were quite competitive. Of those six matches, both squads won three each, but the Panthers held the slight two-point advantage in the end.
Prescott started the night off with two straight wins. First up was Benny Olson at 106 pounds. He quickly dispatched his opponent with a first-period pin. Next up at 132 pounds was Alex
Iberg defeating Brandon Trudell by tech fall early into the third period.
Shane Butler was pinned in his 145-pound match to give St. Croix Central its first win on the mat, followed by a third-period pin of Nolan Thomley at 152 pounds to give both teams two match wins on the night.
At 160 pounds, Sam Murphy gave Prescott its second tech fall victory, while Alex Holt (170) was pinned in the second period by St. Croix Central’s Devin Wasley to end the night.
Prescott, 0-2, will next wrestle at home against Amery on Dec. 17.