By Tom Murphy
After a slow start in the first round of the 10 team Stewartville tournament, Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove finished second on Saturday.
Travis Frank, Connor McCormick, and Austin Goergen won their weights while Shane Loken and Willy Krage were second. Third place went to Troy King and Casey Stemper. Fourth place went to Reece Lange and Ryan Mauss, Fifth place went to Dylan Lee, Dylan Stemper, John Ellenz, and Jacob Swindell. Sixth place went to Drew Stemper.
“We got our wrestling in line after the first round,” coach Dan Goergen said. “We were confident going into the tournament because we had a good practice on Friday. After the first round, we did very well.”
There were changes in the lineup going into the tournament. Hunter Hauser-Coldwell was lost for the season to an elbow injury. “Hunter is down right now but he’ll come back next year good and strong after this injury,” Goergen said. Drew Stemper stepped into Hauser-Coldwell’s shoes at 106 and finished sixth in his first varsity competition after opening the tournament with a fall.
Out for a week was regular Luke Werner who was replaced by Dylan Lee at 126. Lee went 2-2 on the day to finish in fifth place. He had 6-0 and 11-4 decisions.
Krage will wrestle the tournaments at 113 and 120 in the team competition, Goergen said. On Saturday, Krage reached the finals with two decisions and lost by fall for second place at 113.
Dylan Stemper entered the tournament at 120. He was 2-2 and finished fifth. His two decisions were by 7-0 and 17-1.
Lange lost his opening round and came back with two falls and a major decision to reach the consolation finals where he lost to a Mayo wrestler.
King was upset 6-3 in the first round. He came back with 12-1 and 5-1 decisions and a fall over his first round opponent for the third place title at 138.
“After his slow first round match, I felt Troy wrestled really well,” Goergen said.
John Ellenz also went 2-2 at 145. He lost 4-0 and then had a pin and an 11-4 decision for the fifth place title.
Swindell had a similar start and was 2-2. He had an opening fall and an 11-4 decision for fifth at 152.
Ryan Mauss opened with a fall. Then, he lost 5-1 at 160 before getting a fall. In the consolation finals, he lost 6-3.
Loken opened with a fall and a narrow 1-0 decision before losing in the finals for second place.
Stemper won by a fall and then lost a one point 5-4 decision. He came back with a 12-0 decision and a 4-0 decision to claim third place.
McCormick breezed into the finals with two falls and won 9-0 for the title.
Frank had a bit tougher time. After a bye, he won 3-2 and then beat a Mayo wrestler 2-0 for the title.
Goergen had his closest call of the year. He locked up with a New Hampton heavyweight in the finals and was put on his back for 20 seconds and found himself behind 7-3 after the first period. He worked the match back to a 7-7 tie in the second period before getting a fall at 3:55. His opponent was ranked second in his class in Iowa while Goergen is ranked first in his class in Minnesota.
New Hampton (Ia.), 216; Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove, 206 ½; New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, 186 ½; Rochester Mayo, 158 ½; Grand Meadow-Leroy-Ostrander, 142; Rochester John Marshall, 135; Stewartville, 114; Dover-Eyota, 86; Blooming Prairie, 33; Rochester Century, 17.