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.
Helping themselves to an early Holiday present, the Eden Valley-Watkins boys’ basketball team won the St. John’s Prep Christmas Tournament Saturday, Dec. 21. Following an opening round victory over Milaca, the Eagles ultimately faced Browerville in the semifinal game on Friday. Bret Mattice led Eden Valley-Watkins to a 68-61 victory, tallying 24 points and seven rebounds. Jared Streit had a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards for the victorious Eagles. EV-W’s win earned them the right to take on a tough St. John’s Prep squad on Saturday night.
Defeating the Johnnies, 58-45, in the championship game at the McNeely Spectrum, the Eagles improved their record to 7-3 on the young season. Jared Streit scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds en route to EV-W’s capturing the tournament trophy. Impressive performances by Eagles’ Jared Streit, Nick Pauly, and Bret Mattice, earned them all-tournament team honors.
Closing in on the holiday break, Eden Valley-Watkins looked to improve on its .500 overall record. The Eagles got past Pierz at home on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 66-49. Junior guard Bret Mattice recorded a season-high 29 points, and junior Jared Streit posted a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing a dozen boards. Despite EV-W’s nine-point halftime advantage and ultimate 17-point margin of victory, Coach Adam Langer was a little concerned. “The game was much closer than the score. It was a 6-to-10-point game for most of the contest. Bret Mattice made some big shots and free throws down the stretch to give us the victory.”
Bret Mattice knocked down 29 points, on 5-for-9 from downtown. Jared Streit finished with 10, and Jacob Streit had 9 points and hit 4-for 4 from the charity stripe. Nick Pauly had 8 points, Reese Jansen scored 6 points, and Alex Nesenson had 4 points. The Eagles are slated to participate in the Holiday tournament at St. John’s Prep, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 19-21.
Freshman Reese Jansen gets put in the game. Photo by Nick Block.
The Eden Valley-Watkins grapplers traveled to Bulldog country Thursday, Dec. 12, for the Paynesville Triangular. Coming out on the short side and wrestling with a number of open slots, the Eagles dropped both of their matches; 46-19 to Rocori and 45-28 vs. Paynesville. EV-W coach Dan Berg knows the difficulty in wrestling with so many open weight divisions. “Well, overall we wrestled well, but with five forfeits it’s tough to win a dual. Matt Schindler had a good night with two big wins, along with Hunter Mathies’ two pins, and Luke Kuechle’s two pins.” Cain Renner had two wins and a come-from-behind win against Paynesville. “Down 5-0, he battled back and pinned his opponent in the third period. It was a gutsy performance by Cain to battle back and win,” added Berg. “Now we’ll take a little break until Tuesday, when we go battle Rockford and Pierz.”