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Hamer and Wills reach new milestones!

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By Mike Schindler, coach

Cubs v Pierz Pioneers Dec. 4

The Cubs wrestlers started their dual season with a match against Pierz which is ranked seventh in class A Tuesday, Dec. 4. The Pioneers were a little too much for the Cubs, as Pierz won the dual with a 28–34 score. Winning their matches for the Cubs were Blane Tschida (113) won by a fall in 54 seconds over Logan Lease. Quinten Berres (126) won by a 6-0 decision over seventh-ranked Kolton Eischens. Marcus Hamer (138) won his 150th career match with a 13-4 major decision over Evan Woitalla. Troy Filzen (160) won by a fall in 5:18 over Matt Kummet, Travis Wills won with a 7-3 decision over seventh-ranked Nick Lochner. Tim Konz won by a 4-2 decision over 10th-ranked Ryley Smude, and Devon Kelley (285) won by a 9-5 decision over Curtis Brisk.

Tournament at Cottage Grove Dec. 8

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Cubs traveled to Park of Cottage Grove for a dual tournament. We started out against Stillwater Area, a triple A school ranked in the “Lean & Mean”. The Cubs started the meet off fast, winning the first seven weight classes. Blane Tschida won with a 21-8 major decision over fourth-ranked Christian Bahl; Ty Morrison wrestled and won his first varsity match with a
14-1 major decision over Gage Lebourgeois; Quinten Berres won with a 7-4 decision over ninth-ranked Dillan Nelson; Tanner Schreifels also picked up his first varsity win with a 3-2 decision over John Huntley. Travis Wills hit his 75th career win with a pin in 3:00 minutes over Sabastian Dingle. The Cubs won the dual 46-18.

In the second dual of the day, the Cubs wrestled Goodhue. In a match that went back and forth all the way up the line-up, the Cubs had to depend on their big guys to make up a 13-point deficit to win the match. Down 18-31 at
182 pounds, Brandon Loch stepped in to receive a forfeit and get his first varsity win, which allowed the Cubs to shift for some favorable match-ups. Travis Wills was also forfeited, too. Austyn Schlueter (195) won by a fall in 3:15, to give the Cubs a 36-31 lead going into the heavy weight match. Tim Konz wrestled a great match, winning 11-8 to seal the win for the Cubs with a score of 39-31.

In the final round of pool wrestling, the Cubs took on Chatfield. Chatfield is in the “Lean & Mean” in class A rankings, but have a very solid team as the Cubs found out. Once again, the score bounced back and forth for a while, and Chatfield would take a
21-36 lead that the Cubs would have to bounce back from. The big guys did their best, winning three out of the last four weights, and Tim Konz pinning third-ranked Justin Viss, but it was not enough as the Cubs fell by a score of 37-42.

In the final round, the Cubs should have been wrestling for third place, but the event organizers decided to change things up. Because of Chatfield and Cannon Falls wrestling earlier in the week, Cannon Falls conceded to Chatfield for the Championship and gave the Cubs a chance at a true second match against them. This was a fun dual, with each team winning seven matches apiece, but the Cubs made each of their wins count by getting six points in every match they won. The score was tied, heading into the heavyweight match, giving Devon Kelley the chance to seal the win for the Cubs. Devon was sown early in the match, but fought back and won the match by a fall in 1:58, to give the Cubs second-place finish, with a 42-36 win and a 3-1 record on the day.

We had four wrestler’s finish the week 5-0. They are Blane Tschida, Quinten Berres, Marcus Hamer, and Travis Wills. We also had two guys that wrestled hard and finished 4-1 on the week. They are Austyn Schlueter and Tim Konz.

Next up for the Cubs will be the Frazee Duals Saturday,
Dec. 15. The Cubs will start the first round by taking on the host and 6th-ranked Frazee Hornets. Wrestling will start at 11 a.m.

In photo are five wrestlers who went undefeated at Wolfpack tournament. Medals were awarded for wrestlers who went 4-4 at the Park Wolfpack tournament this past Saturday, Dec. 8, at Cottage Grove. They were, from left Austyn Schlueter, Quinten Berres, Marcus Hamer, Travis Wills, and Blane Tschida. Congratulations to the Cubs team on their second-place finish there as well.