Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The wrestlers were challenged mentally and physically this last week as we made them have to make weight every other day and wrestle some of the top competition in the state. It started out Tuesday when the Cubs faced Belgrade/Brooten/Elrosa for their first conference match of the year and Annandale/Maple Lake in a tri at Kimball.
The Cubs started off with nine straight wins against Belgrade/Brooten/Elrosa and took them out of the match before they knew what hit them. Getting wins for the cubs were: (103) Mitchell McKee with a fall in 46 seconds, (112) Quinten Berres with a major decision 11-0, (119) Tanner Mills with a 7-2 decision over 10th ranked Ross Rath, (125) Marcus Hamer won with a fall in 54 seconds, (130) Jacob Linn won with a fall in 1:55, (135) Troy Filzen won with a fall in 1:59, (140) Tyler Kuechle won by a 7-4 decision, (145) Jordan Joseph won by a fall in 5:48, (152) Caramon Hansen won by a fall in 1:29, (189) David Joseph won by a fall in 55 seconds, Alex Thurber won by a fall in 25 seconds, and Austin Schiefelbein closed the match with a fall in 2:25. The Cubs won the Dual with a score of 64-7.
Next, the Cubs took on Annandale/Maple Lake, winning the Dual 43-17. Against the Lightening, the Cubs started off with four straight wins to jump out to a lead again. The Cubs received pins from Marcus Hamer (125), Jordan Joseph (145), and Alex Thurber (215). Receiving tech falls for the Cubs are: Quinten Berres (112), and David Joseph (189). Winning by decision for the Cubs were: Mitchell Mckee (103), Tanner Mills (119), Caramon Hansen (152), Travis Schiefelbein (171), and Austin Schiefelbein.
Thursday Dec. 16, the Cubs traveled to Royalton for their second conference match against the Royals. Because of skin issues, Royalton had some kids out of their line-up and the Cubs took full advantage of it, winning the dual with a score of 54-12. Winning for the Cubs were: (103) Mitchell Mckee with a fall in 1:33, (112) Quinten Berres received a forfeit, (119) Tanner Mills won by a tech fall 18-3, (125) Marcus Hamer won by a fall in 1:38, (135) Troy Filzen received a forfeit, (145) Jordan Joseph received a forfeit, (152) Caramon Hansen won by a fall in :55, (160) Quentin Bryce won by a decision 7-5, (171) Travis Schiefelbein won by a decision 2-1, (189) David Joseph won by a major decision 15-4, (Hwt) Austin Schiefelbein won by a 3-1 decision. This win put the Cubs at 2-0 in the Conference.
The real test for the Cubs came Saturday, Dec. 18, when they traveled to Frazee for a Dual tournament consisting of six ranked teams and 32 individuals ranked. The Cubs started the day against Fargo North, which is rated seventh in North Dakota. We made short work of them, winning the dual 70-9, setting up a semi-final match against the #2 ranked team in Minnesota's class A rankings in Frazee. The Cubs started the match only getting one win out of the first six weights. Tanner Mills (112) won by a major decision over Jordan Ketter 10-2. Going into the 140 pound weight class the Cubs were down 4-18 with 10th ranked Tyler Kuechle going against third-ranked Rij Koehnen. Tyler got an early takedown to lead 2-0 after the first, and in the second, a couple of reversals put Tyler up 4-2 going into the third period. Then Tyler turned it up a notch and pinned his opponent to put the Cubs back in the dual, now only down 10-18. Jordan Joseph (145) kept things going for the Cubs, battling his way to a 5-3 win over Cody Piper, closing the gap to a 13-18 team score. Quentin Bryce (160) unranked, had to face the eighth-ranked Brandon VanWatermulen, in a very exciting match that had no score in the first period, and was tied after the second, it was the Cubs choice in the third. Quentin picked down, and was able to escape, breaking the tie, and putting him up by one point. Quentin was able to hold on to a 3-2 decision win, and putting the team score at 16-21. Frazee would only win one more match in the final four. Travis Sciefelbein (171) fought out a 6-5 decision over sixth-ranked Rick Brandt. Putting the score at 19-21, David Joseph at 189 faced the number one-ranked wrestler in class A at 189 pounds in Kody Sorenson. David came out of the match with a decision loss with a score of 0-3, but it saved some crucial team points at the time, setting up a 19-24 team score. Alex Thurber (215) needed to at least win to set the Cubs up to win the dual. Alex was taken down, but would not be held down for long, as he got an escape, then threw his opponent to his back recording a pin in 1:42. The team score at this point is now 25-24 Kimball. Austin Schiefelbein, our heavyweight, weighing in at a whopping 190 pounds, had to face Tyler Hansen who weighed in at 230 pounds. Austin gave up a takedown in the first period, putting the match score at 0-2 at the end of the first period. In the second, there was a lot of action for the big men, with Austin taking the lead 5-4. Austin showed that he wanted the match more, and was in better shape and turned his opponent for a pin in 5:07 to give the Cubs a win 31-24.
The day did not get any easier for the Cubs, as now they faced the third-ranked team in Minnesota's class A rankings in Minneota. The Cubs won the Frazee dual with the big guys on top, in order to get the win against Minneota they would have to build an early lead. That is what they did winning the first four weights until they came up against Minneota's top wrestlers in Christian Skillings who is rated #1 in state at (130) and Beau Buysee who is ranked 2nd in state. The Cubs would get back on a roll winning three in a row giving the Cubs a 29-9 lead going into the strength of Minneota's line-up. Captains Travis Schiefelbein and David Joseph gave us two big wins to give the Cubs the win 35-22.
The Cubs will get a well-needed break over Christmas and return to action for Parents Night against Holdingford in a conference match. The Cubs are now 7-0 overall 2-0 in the conference and 2-0 in section 5A action.