By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove wrestlers split two matches last week, beating LARP 39-25 Jan. 21 and dropping a 49-18 decision to Chatfield two nights later.
The Warriors started the week hosting LARP and got four pins on the way to the 14 point win. Seventh grader Kyle Cavanaugh started the night with a 10-5 win over Xavier Riser at 106 pounds, and Justin Stemper followed by pinning Justin Mueller in just 52 seconds at 113. In the 120 pound match Jacob Winjum decisioned Josh Doerr 11-4 to give the Warriors a 12-0 lead after the first three matches. LARP got on the board at 126 pounds when McCoy Tekautz improved to 18-1 with a 13-5 major decision win over Tylor Nelson.
Dylan Lee picked up the second pin of the night at 132 pounds when he stuck Sam Riebel with 1:03 left in the second period. Drew Stemper followed with a pin of Justin Grindland at 138 pounds to push the lead to 24-4. Clay Johnson then beat Sam Stemper 9-3 at 145, but the Warriors got a forfeit at 152. Mitchell Schmitz dropped a hard-fought, 10-6 decision to Jackson Riebel at 160 pounds as Riebel improved to 14-5 on the season.
At 170 pounds, Eli Craig got a pin with just 16.7 seconds left in the first period against Cody Rain. The Warriors forfeited the 182 pound match, and Case McCormick lost 12-5 to Cody Nahrgagn at 195. Another forfeit at 220 made the team score 36-25 for the Warriors, and Blake Mauss ended the night with a 6-2 win over Cale Stensgard at 285 after trailing 2-1 going into the final period to give Caledonia the 39-25 win.
“The kids are working hard. They are putting out their best efforts. Dylan Lee came out real strong and did the job right. They are starting to realize that when you do things right it works,” Coach Dan Goergen said.
On Thursday, the Warriors dropped a 49-18 decision to Chatfield. The Gophers are currently ranked #8 in class A and have seven wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight divisions. On Saturday the team took part in the LARP Invitational, losing to Kasson-Mantorville 40-27, beating United South Central 42-27, beating LARP 47-26 and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 35-30.
The Warriors will travel to Dover-Eyota Friday night.
CALEDONIA CO-OP 39, LEWISTON-ALTURA/R-P 25
106: Kyle Cavanaugh (C) dec. Xavier Riser 10-5; 113: Justin Stemper (C) pinned Justin Mueller :52; 120: Jacob Winjum (C) dec. Josh Doerr 11-4; 126: McCoy Tekutz maj. dec. 13-5; 132: Dylan Lee (C)pinned Sam Riebel; 138: Drew Stemper (C) pinned Justin Grindland;
145: Clay Johnson (LARP) dec. Sam Stemper 9-3; 152: Blaine Knutson (C) wins by forfeit; 160: Jackson Riebel (LARP) dec. Mitchell Schmitz 10-6; 170: Eli Craig (C) pinned Cody Rain 1:44; 182: Andrew Knapczyk (LARP) won by forfeit; 195: Cody Nahrgang (LARP) dec. Case McCormick 12-5; 220: John Heim (LARP) won by forfeit; 285: Blake Mauss (C) dec. Cale Stensgard 6-2.