By Brady Ambrose
The future of the Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove wrestling team appears to be in good hands after freshman Alex Goergen and sophomore Blake Mauss finished third and fifth, respectively, in their weight classes at the 2013 MSHSL individual tournament over the weekend at the Xcel Energy Center.
Goergen beat senior Tyler Midas (39-6) of Foley 7-5 in overtime to win the third place match to finish the season with a 21-4 record.
Mauss beat Jake Lehman of Dawson Boyd-LacQuiParle-Montevideo United 4-2 in a quadruple overtime thriller to claim 5th place after Lehman (42-7) beat Mauss in their first match Friday.
Goergen started with a bang, winning his first two matches of the tournament, pinning Hayden Johnson (27-16) of Quad County in his first match and then pinning junior Isaac Florell (44-6) of Totino Grace to set up a match with Trom Peterson of Simley for a chance to go to the championship match.
Goergen and Peterson battled to a 5-5 tie before Peterson worked himself loose for an escape with 10 seconds left in the match to advance to the championship where he lost to Austin May of Zimmerman 8-4.
Coach Dan Goergen said Alex, “Picked up the tempo after the first match and wrestled real strong. He gave Peterson everything he had and tweaked his shoulder a little bit, but I told him it’s strained a little and you’re going to have to fight through it. This is what it’s all about.”
Goergen then beat Brian Bertram of Byron 11-7 to advance to the third place match where he beat Midas on overtime.
Mauss also got his money’s worth, wrestling five matches over two days to earn fifth and improve to 36-7 for the season.
In his first match Mauss lost to Lehman 2-1 but bounced back and beat Jared Atkins of Pequot Lakes/Pine River 5-2 and then beat Brent Riddle of Monticello 2-1 before losing to James Huwe of Detroit Lakes to go into the fifth place match against Lehman. “I told Blake that it’s time for a little revenge now,” the coach said.
Mauss and Lehman went into overtime tied 2-2, and the score stayed there through the next two 30 second periods until Mauss got an escape but was then called for stalling to keep the score tied.
In the fourth overtime Mauss was able to get away from Lehman for the win.
Goergen, needless to say, is extremely excited for next season as the Warriors will loose just two seniors to graduation.
“The kids (Alex and Blake) were so calm all weekend. They didn’t know who they were going to wrestle – it was a neat experience. They helped each other get ready for their matches and cheered for each other. A lot of the guys came up to watch, and I told them that those extra 8-10 pushups you do in practice is the reason you get here. But I can’t take all the credit. Coaches Holland, Winjum and Benson get a lot of the credit too – the managers, they keep the mats clean so we can practice and do a lot of stuff for us. They all get the credit,” Goergen said.