Published on Friday, 11 January 2013 15:08
The Cubs started off their home opener against Wayzata, Thursday, Jan. 3, one of the largest schools in the state of Minnesota. The Trojans started off with the lead, but the Cubs chipped away at it with a 10-4 decision win from Blane Tschida (113) over Evan Kluck. Quinten Berres at (126) had a great match against Nick O’Brien, ranked 5th in triple A. Quinten was down going into the third period, but scored three takedowns to tie the match up.
In overtime, Quinten powered his way to a final takedown to win the match 8-6. The Cubs rattled off four more wins out of Brady Mehr (132) with a 3-1 decision, Marcus Hamer (138) and Tanner Screifels (145) both recorded pins for the Cubs, and Marcus Mehr finished the run for the Cubs with a 8-1 decision. This gave the Cubs a 24-12 lead. Travis Wills scored three more for the Cubs with a 3-1 decision win, but the Trojans battled back to tie the score at 27-27 going into the 220-pound weight class. Tim Konz would get a huge win at 220 for the Cubs with a 5-0 decision win. That win put the Cubs up 30-27 going into heavyweight. This is where Devon Kelley dominated his opponent and pinned him in 3:34 to give himself and the team the win 36-27. Next for the Cubs was section foe Paynesville. The Cubs have been tested this year wrestling some of the best the state has to offer. We have lost some close matches to some great teams, and we have done all that without having a full line-up once this year. With the competition we faced, it is hard to tell if the kids have been improving, but we’ve seen just how much improvement there has been since the Rush City Tournament when we faced Paynesville. The Cubs won 10 out of 14 weight classes, and were always leading in the dual. The Cubs picked up seven pins in the 10 wins. Receiving pins for the Cubs were: Blane Tschida, Quinten Berres, Marcus Hamer, Tanner Schreifels, Markus Mehr, Skyler Schiefelbein, and Tim Konz. Also picking up wins for the Cubs with a decision win were Brady Mehr and Travis Wills. The Cubs won the dual with a score of 54-21. Next, the Cubs traveled to Cannon Falls Saturday, Jan. 5, with a team that has been through a meat grinder of a season, so the kids that were a little banged up, we gave the weekend off, and gave our younger guys that have fought so hard wrestling tough competition a chance to wrestle kids their own age on JV. The Cubs only entered seven wrestlers into this tournament of 13 teams, and were able to place all seven wrestlers. Placing first for the Cubs were Blane Tschida (113) and Travis Wills (182). Placing second was Austyn Schlueter (195) and Tim Konz (220). Placing third was Markus Mehr. Brady Mehr (132) and Devon Kelley (285) finished placing in sixth place. The Cubs finished the tournament in sixth place 1/2 point out of fifth place. Team scores: Shakopee–216 Hastings–215 Cannon Falls–168.5 Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial–139.5 Woodbury–130.5 Kimball–130 Byron–72 St. Charles–70 Trinity–63 Rochester Century–61 Benilde St. Margaret’s–42 St. Croix Lutheran–34 St. Paul Humboldt–0 Next up for the Cubs will be Royalton Thursday, Jan. 10, at Royalton. JV wrestling will start at