The Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers hosted a quadrangular Friday, Dec. 20, and matched up with some formidable opponents. EV-W took the B-B-E match, 42-22. “We wrestled very well against B-B-E,
ran into a great team in ACGC, and I thought we needed more effort in the Osakis match, to have a chance, but we unfortunately fell short,” explained coach Dan Berg. The Eagles displayed their best team effort thus far of the early season. “We got big pins from John Unterberger, John Salzl, Grant Winter, and Carter Phillipp. Those under-the-radar guys came up huge for us; especially John Salzl, with a first-period fall against one of their better wrestlers,” added Berg. Facing a senior-dominated, very experienced ACGC bunch, the Eagles fell short, 53-12. “We didn’t back down but they had way more fire power. I was still proud of the effort we gave,” Berg said. The Milaca match, according to coach Berg, was one of the Eagles’ worst efforts of the year, losing 53-21. “They do have a balanced team and will be one of the top teams in the section finals, but these are the guys that we will have to beat at year’s end, in order to accomplish our goals.” The Eagles are off until Jan. 5, when they head to Norwood-Young America with the varsity and to Rocori for a junior high session.
Saturday, Dec. 21, the Eden Valley-Watkins wrestling program hosted its first ever Elementary Tournament. Varsity head coach Dan Berg was overwhelmed with the turnout. “We hosted our very first elementary wrestling tournament and I thought it was a success. There were 227 kids that attended, which is a great starting number. I would like to thank all who volunteered their time to make this tournament a great success and hopefully it is something we can do every year around this time. It was great to look around and see all these kids wrestling and to finally have the facilities to do so. Again, I extend a huge thank you to all who took time out of their busy schedules to make this tournament a success!”
The Eden Valley-Watkins lady Eagles looked sharp Tuesday, Dec. 17, as they journeyed to Maple Lake and captured the win, 56-40. Freshman forward Elaina Stommes and junior forward Greta Stommes combined for 23 points to lead Eden Valley-Watkins past the host Maple Lake team. Elaina had 12 points and teammate Greta scored 11 for the visiting Eagles, who now possess a 3-1 overall record. Senior guard Rayne Coughlin led all scorers with 19 points for Maple Lake, who stand at 0-5 on the year. Friday night, Dec. 20, the Lady Eagles stay on the road and take on the Kimball Cubs. During the Holiday break, Eden Valley-Watkins enters the Annandale Tournament, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.
The EV-W wrestling squad competed at the Rockford Triangular Dual Meet Tuesday, Dec. 17. In a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde affair, the Eagles dominated the hometown Rockets, 46-27, and fell to the Pioneers of Pierz, 58-15. “Well, it’s always good to get a win, but our first match effort disappeared against Pierz. In order to get better, you have to take on the challenge, and some of our guys didn’t do that. Pierz is a great team and should do well this year, but like I have said before, we need to be more consistent,” Coach Dan Berg said. The match of the night was registered by 170-pound Luke Kuechle, winning in overtime against Pierz’s Jordon Goebel. “It was a gutsy performance to win that one, and that’s what we need – effort and the will to not quit,” Berg said.
Results vs. Rockford: 126-pound Tyler Donnay, PIN; 132-pound Hunter Mathies, PIN; 152-pound John Salzl, PIN; 182-pound Cain Renner, PIN; 195-pound Lyle Miller, PIN; 170-pound Luke
Results vs. Pierz: 138-pound Tyler Dockendorf, PIN; 170-pound Luke Kuechle, DEC; 182-pound Cain Renner, PIN. “Against Rockford we did what we needed to do to get the win and that’s what matters. We had some individuals come through and that’s what you need to win in duals. Next up is home in a quad with us, ACGC, B-B-E, and Osakis. This will be an action-packed night with all four teams in the same section battling it out. It should be a lot of fun!” Coach Berg said.
At SJP Christmas Tournament
The Eden Valley-Watkins basketball team bounced Milaca, 72-54, in the opening round of the St. John’s Prep Christmas Tournament, Thursday, Dec. 19. Eagles’ Brett Mattice went for 27 points and surpassed the 1,000-career point milestone in the process. Jared Streit added 18 points and teammate Austin Schlangen posted 13 points, en route to EV-W’s victory. Other scoring contributors for the Eagles were Alex Nesenson, with 8 points, Reese Jansen had 3 points, Nick Pauly finished with 2 points, and James DeShaun scored a free throw.