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Cubs wrestlers get tested against the best in the nation

The wrestlers traveled down to Rochester Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29, to take part in one of the toughest dual tournaments in the nation. The Clash is one of the most premier dual meet tournaments with 32 teams from all over the United States entering. The first day of this tournament, they set it up with four (8) team brackets, then, depending on our results, the second day we are placed in pools with teams that have the same record.

The Cubs were seeded 32nd in the tournament and had to face the number-one seed in St. Michael-Albertville. Our guys were exposed to some great wrestling and made STMA earn every point they scored. One of the premier matches in this dual was #2 ranked in class A, Blane Tschida facing #1-ranked in AAA Mitchell McKee. This was a great match that was decided by the ref, instead of the wrestlers. Blane came up on the short end of a 1-0 loss. Winning for the Cubs in this dual in his first match back after being injured at the Rush City tournament was Markus Mehr who received a 2-0 decision over Mitchell Herian at 152. Also winning for the Cubs was Senior Travis Wills who had a 9-2 decision over Owen Gammell.

In the second round, the Cubs faced off against Lake Stevens, Wash. Lake Stevens is ranked number one in class 4A in Washington and the Cubs continued to wrestle tough. Markus Mehr (152) would get the Cubs on the board with a 5-1 decision win over Jack Leblanc. Austyn Schlueter (195) picked up a fall in 1:06. Tim Konz (220) kept it going with a 10-2 major decision over 4th-ranked Shaquille Reed. Blane Tschida finished the scoring for the Cubs with a 6-2 decision win over 10th ranked Alex Rodorigo. The Cubs lost the dual 16-52.

The final round on day one was a close match with Rochester Mayo, a Lean and Mean team in AAA. Travis Wills (182) got things started with a fall in 36 seconds over Ryan Motley. Tim Konz (220) battled out an 8-4 decision win over Zach Lorang. Blane Tschida took care of business, racking up a fall in 20 seconds over Brady Engelken. Ty Morrison and Quinten Berres both won tough-fought matches 8-6 over there opponents, Ty beat Kyle Calley and Quinten beat Miles Patton. Brady Mehr and Marcus Hamer finished the scoring for the Cubs with two pins. Brady had a fall in 2:46 over Denley Minske and Marcus had a fall in 2:59 over Donovan Smith. The Cubs lost the close dual 33-36.

The Cubs woke up a little sore and stiff on Saturday morning as they weighed in and got ready to face another day of great competition. In the first round the Cubs faced off against Forest Lake, a team with great wrestling tradition. The outcome of this match was a great team effort being capped off with an exciting final match. Tanner Schreifels (145) started the dual out for the Cubs with a 9-2 decision win over Kelby Wagner. Travis Wills received a forfeit at 182. Austyn Schlueter (195) received a fall in 1:06 over Tyler Anderson. Tim Konz (220) started his day off battling to a 1-0 decision win over Jeremy McLaughlin. Blane Tschida won by a fall in 1:14 over Grant Brown. Quinten Berres (132) won by a decision 7-4 over 9th-ranked Andrew Meyers. Brady won a tough match 2-1 over Sam Finch. These guys put the Cubs in a situation to win with the team score being 30-36 going into the final match where Marcus Hamer (145) would need a pin to tie the score. Based off criteria, the Cubs could win the dual. When the match started, you could tell that Marcus’s opponent knew what his job was - not to get pinned. Marcus had to chase his opponent all around the mat as he was running scared. Marcus took control of the match, but was scoring too many points, and was close to a tech fall, which would have given the Cubs five points instead of the six needed. The ref nailed Forest Lake with stalling calls throughout the match so, with time running out, it was either get a pin or another stalling call, and he would have been DQ’d. Marcus pushed the pace and gave it everything he had, and with time winding down Marcus locked up and took his opponent down, and received a fall in 5:41 to tie the score for the Cubs, and getting the dual win 37-36.

Round two of day two, the Cubs faced off against 11th-ranked Zumbrota Mazeppa. The Cubs came out wrestling hard once again, but fell short, losing this dual 21-44. Getting wins for the Cubs were Travis Wills (182) who received a fall in 2:26 over Caleb Giannini. Tim Konz bumped up to heavyweight to take on a giant, getting a 2-0 decision win over Shane Bode. Payton Schiefelbein (106) received a 14-9 decision win over Luke Tupper, Payton had to battle back to get the win, as he started the match down 4-0. Blane Tschida (113) had an exciting 4-3 decision win over 3rd-ranked Joey Majerus. Quinten Berres (126) won by a fall in 28 seconds over Caden Steffen.

The final round of the tournament put Kimball against Burnsville. The Cubs finished the tournament wrestling very well. Travis Wills got the Cubs on the board with a 4-0 decision win over Kevin Maruri. Austyn Schlueter (195) received a fall in 1:15 over Isaac Buchholz. Tim Konz kept it rolling with another fall in 1:19 over John Dahl. Burnsville would battle their way back, but the Cubs were too strong for them, winning the last five out of seven matches. Blane Tschida (120) won by a fall in 1:39 over Juan Mendoza. Quinten Berres (126) won by a fall in 1:23 over Jack O’Brien. Brady Mehr (132) won by a 13-0 major decision over Hide Anderson. Marcus Hamer (138) won by a 13-1 major decision over Alonso Quintana. Markus Mehr (152) won by a fall in 1:23 over Bryce Evans. The final score was Kimball 41 Burnsville 30.

With the last win, the Cubs ended up second in their pool, and placed 30th overall in the tournament, wrestling above their seed. It was a great tournament for the guys to see what it takes to get to the next level. With having this many good matches, we had several guys finish above .500.

Finishing 5-1 for the tournament were:

Travis Wills

Blane Tschida

Tim Konz

Finishing 4-1 for the tournament was:

Quinten Berres

Finishing 3-3 for the tournament were:

Marcus Hamer

Brady Mehr

Markus Mehr

Austyn Schlueter

Next up for the Cubs will be
Wayzata and Paynesville at home on Jan. 3. The Cubs will face Wayzata at 5 p.m., then Wayzata and Paynesville at 6:30 p.m., and Kimball vs. Paynesville at 8 p.m. Then, Saturday, Jan. 5, the Cubs travel to Cannon Falls for an individual tournament.