Led by top-five finishes from seven different wrestlers, the Cal/Hou/SG wrestling team placed fourth at the 12-team Fillmore Central tournament Saturday.
The Warriors finished the day with 130 team points to end the day well ahead of Pine Island, who placed fifth with 94.5 total points. Although the Warriors failed to produce an individual champion, Jacob Winjum placed second at 106 pounds and Hunter Hauser-Caldwell, Drew Stemper and Jacob Swindell all placed third in their weight classes.
Winjum placed second, losing to Jared Goldsmith of Chatfield 9-0 as Goldsmith improved his record to 14-1 on the season. Winjum pinned Pine Island’s Isaac Haman in his first match and then beat Logan Sass of La Crescent 12-0 in the semi-finals before losing to Goldsmith. At 113 pounds Hauser-Caldwell pinned Joe Knoke of Decorah to claim third place. He also picked up a win over Devin Stortz of Decorah by pin in the quarterfinals but then lost to Dover-Eyota’s Michael Otomo in the semi-finals.
At 126 pounds Stemper beat Will Krageschmidt of Winona 10-5 in the third place match. Stemper beat Alex Fishbauger of Fillmore/Lanesboro/MC in the quarterfinals 5-0 and then lost to Jordan Getschmann of P-E-M by pin. Swindell beat Mitchell Kukson of Pine Island in the third place match by pin at the 2:32 mark and also pinned Brandon Edgar of Austin and Max Pflughoeft of Winona in the quarterfinals.
The Warriors also had four wrestlers place fifth. At 120 pounds Dylan Lee beat Ryan Keach of Dover-Eyota 7-2. Luke Werner placed fifth at 132, defeating Brady Norton of P-E-M 5-4, and at 170 pounds Mitchell Schmitz placed fifth, beating Mitch Tebay of Austin 7-2. Blake Mauss also placed fifth for the Warriors, beating Tanner Welsh of Dover-Eyota 2-1.
Justin Stemper (106), Austin Werner (113), Dylan Stemper (138), Collin Reinhardt (145), Blaine Knutson (152), Reece Lange (160), Dave Wagner (182) and Victor Guth also wrestled, with Guth placing sixth at 195 pounds.
The Warriors return to action Thursday night at Wabasha-Kellogg.
– Brady Ambrose