The Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers accepted an invitation to the Willmar Cardinal Classic Friday, Dec. 6, and did a pretty good job, finishing in sixth place in the 10-team standings. Eagles’ coach Dan Berg thought this tournament was better than last Wednesday’s outing, but there were a lot of areas that they needed to work on if they expected to reach the individual and team goals they have set. EV-W finished with just nine guys wrestling as a team, but as individuals, they clearly need to start learning from mistakes and taking advantage of their opponents. “We had a couple individuals that wrestled well in Matt Schindler and Tyler Donnay, improving from last week, with being more aggressive, and they did that. Matt, even though sixth seems a little low, wrestled his opponents tough; and he was a couple seconds from beating the first seed in the second round, but came up short,” coach Berg said.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles hosted Paynesville Tuesday, Dec. 3, and lost a close one, 58-51. The Eagles came out soaring and took a 5-point advantage into the halftime break. But the Bulldogs fought back in the second half, outscoring Eden Valley-Watkins, 26-14, and sealing the victory. “It was a very even back-and-forth game in the first half. We came out in the second half and really struggled with shooting the basketball. We were 4 for 29 in the second half, which is 14 percent. I give Paynesville credit, they really picked up their defensive intensity and shut us down in that half,” said coach Adam Langer. The Eagles were led by junior forward Jared Streit, who posted another double-double, with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Junior guard Bret Mattice poured in 18, nailing four from beyond the arc. Sophomore DeShaun James had 1; senior Nick Pauly, 2; freshman Jacob Streit, 5; and junior Austin Schlangen, 2.
Coming off an amazing effort last year, finishing undefeated (14-0) in conference play, with an impressive 21-5 overall mark, the lady Eagles look to keep their winning ways. Traveling to Litchfield on Tuesday, Dec. 3, EV-W managed to edge out the Dragons, 37-31.
Eden Valley-Watkins then hosted the New London-Spicer Wildcats on Friday, Dec. 6, and dropped a tough one, 53-40. Junior guard Mikayla Kummet topped the Eagles’ scorers with 11 points and freshman Elaina Stommes poured in 10. Senior forward snatched nine boards in the loss. The Wildcats’ senior guard Taylor Thunstedt reached the 2,000-point mark for her career, after hitting a second-half bomb from beyond the arc. The Eagles will host Benson Tuesday, Dec. 10.
EV-W freshman Elaina Stommes guards her New London-Spicer opponents.
The Eagles dropped a tough one Dec. 6 against the Wildcats, 53-40.
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It’s the holiday season and once again time to roll out the mats. The Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers had a good workout on Wednesday, Nov. 27, as they participated in the Melrose Early Bird Invitational. Eagles’ coach Dan Berg is excited to get another season underway. “Well, we started pretty slow but we have some newcomers in the lineup, so we probably expected that going in, but some of our experienced guys seemed to be slow to start as well. We did finish well, but hoped to get more of a complete effort throughout the tourney.”
The first action of the year is typically a time to knock off the rust and learn from the experience. “Cain wrestled a great tournament, winning his bracket at 182 with three pins, but I thought Luke wrestled the best, beating Vitale from Sartell in the semi-finals,” Berg said. He was also a state entrant last year at 182 pounds, and wrestled a good match against Ryan Carlson in the finals who took second in state at 152 pounds. “We like what the kids are doing in the wrestling, with hard work and being aggressive, but we need to bring that aggression with us to tournaments and matches,” said Berg.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles traveled to Grove City Monday, Nov. 25, for a season-opening, non-conference battle with the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons. The Eagles were down just four at the half, but the Falcons turned up the heat and never looked back, scorching the nets for 47 second-half points, en route to their 82-69 commanding victory.
“We are not going to win many games giving up 82 points. We need to be able to slow teams down, and that happens on both sides of the floor. We need to be more patient offensively and work much harder on the defensive side,” EV-W Coach Adam Langer said. The Eagles were sharp most of the night with junior guard Bret Mattice leading the way with 28 points. Junior forward Jared Streit registered a double-double, with 10 points and 16 boards. Sophomore DeShaun James had 12; senior Nick Pauly, 8; freshman Jacob Streit, 5; junior Austin Schlangen, 3; and sophomore Travis Thielen, 3. “It was a good first game. We did some very good things, but we also have a long list of what we need to work on,” said Langer.