MARSHALL - Heading into a triangular against a pair of shorthanded teams, the Tracy-Milroy-Balton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove wrestling team knew it would have the upper hand against its opponents Thursday. Knowing they would be spotted several points in both their matches, the TMB/WWG wrestlers' goal was to make sure they wouldn't get too comfortable on the mat.
Winning six of their matches by forfeit against Redwood Valley and three matches by forfeit versus Marshall, the Panthers kept their energy up in the matches they actually had to wrestle in and went on to claim first in the triangular at Marshall High School with a pair of easy victories. TMB/WWG took took down the Cardinals 70-6 in the first match of the day, then downed the Tigers 55-20 to extend its winning streak to four matches after dropping its first two competitions of the season.
"What I was looking for (Thursday) was a solid effort up and down the lineup, regardless of what the score was," Panthers head coach Karl Campbell said. "I would have to say that, overall, we're getting a little better as we go, which is the main goal for the kids. You throw in forfeits like that and you've got a lead right out of the gate, but to me, I want our kids to maintain an intensity level all the way through and I thought, for the most part, that was there (Thursday)."
Photo by Matt Dahlseid
Marshall’s Eli Louwagie, right, and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut-Grove's Jared Towne battle for position Thursday at Marshall High School. Towne won the match with a pin in the third period.
Like the Panthers, the Tigers had little trouble with Redwood Valley, earning an easy 55-9 win to go 1-1 on the day. The victory over the Cardinals was Marshall's first of the season after dropping their first five matches of the season.
Marshall head coach Justin Bouwman wasn't very pleased with his team's effort Tuesday against No. 3-ranked Minneota, which the Vikings won 63-3. He said Thursday's showing was much closer to what he would like to see from his wrestlers.
"We only had a day of practice, but I think the kids improved quite a bit," Bouwman said. "They showed some heart and they came after people and didn't sit back and wait. I was really happy with the way we wrestled (Thursday) and I think we definitely showed improvement. We've got a ways to go yet, but we're going in the right direction."
|TMB/WWG 70, Redwood Valley 6|
|103-Logan Axford (TMB/WWG) pinned Brady Goblirsch, 3:17|
|112-Dillon Thooft (RV) dec. Troy Schoenenberger, 7-0|
|119-Brandon Schroeder (TMB/WWG) won by forfeit|
|125-Joe Ruppert (TMB/WWG) won by forfeit|
|130-Austin Peterson (TMB/WGG) pinned Kody Thul, 1:20|
|135-Zach Iverson (TMB/WWG) won by forfeit|
|140-Zach Campbell (TMB/WWG) won by forfeit|
|145-Cody Christian (TMB/WWG) pinned Alex Reynolds, 4:28|
|152-Ian Mariner (TMB/WWG) won by forfeit|
|160-Jared Towne (TMB/WWG) maj. dec. Nick Anderson, 8-0|
|171-Marcus Stefanic (TMB/WWG) pinned Taylor Barnes, 0:59|
|189-Linch Her (TMB/WWG) pinned Nick Jansen, 1:52|
|215-Matt Wakefield (TMB/WWG) won by forfeit|
|HWT-Danny Kass (RV) dec. Levi Brummer, 5-3|
|Marshall 55, Redwood Valley 9|
|103-Nick Erbes (M) maj. dec. Goblirsch, 11-0|
|112-Riley Roth (M) pinned Thooft, 1:30|
|119-Alex Prorok (M) won by forfeit|
|125-Brent Breczinski (M) won by forfeit|
|130-Taylor Beens (M) maj. dec. Thul, 22-14|
|135-Derek Varpness (M) won by forfeit|
|152-Reynolds (RV) pinned Chad Paradis, 4:25|
|160-Eli Louwagie (M) maj. dec. Anderson, 15-1|
|171-Campbell Hofstetter (M) pinned Barnes, 1:19|
|189-Jared Holland (M) pinned Jansen, 1:07|
|215-Stephen Womack (M) won by forfeit|
|HWT-Kates (RV) pinned Austin Nath, 5-3|
|TMB/WWG 55, Marshall 20|
|103-Axford (TMB/WWG) dec. Erbes, 5-1|
|112-Roth (M) tech. fall Schroeder, 16-0|
|119-Prorok (M) pinned Schonenberger, 2:50|
|125-Ruppert (TMB/WWG) pinned Beens, 3:03|
|130-Varpness (M) pinned Peterson, 3:30|
|135-Iverson (TMB/WWG) won by forfeit|
|140-Campbell (TMB/WWG) won by forfeit|
|145-Christian (TMB/WWG) won by forfeit|
|152-Mariner (TMB/WWG) pinned Paradis, 1:12|
|160-Towne (TMB/WWG) pinned Louwagie, 5:10|
|171-Stefanic (TMB/WWG) maj. dec. Hofstetter, 19-9|
|189-Her (TMB/WWG) pinned Holland, 4:29|
|215-Womack (M) dec. Schmidt, 6-3|
|HWT-Wakefield (TMB/WWG) pinned Nath, 2:53|
After both teams blew past the Cardinals, TMB/WWG and Marshall met expecting a closer battle. And that's how it played out, as most of the matches were closely contested, but the Panthers came away with multiple late pins to lead to the 35-point win.
TMB/WWG's Logan Axford gave his team the early lead with a 5-1 decision over Nick Erbes at 103 pounds and then Marshall went on a run, winning three of the next four matches. Riley Roth earned a technical fall (16-0) over Brandon Schroeder at 112 pounds, then Alex Prorok pinned Troy Schoenenberger at 119 pounds and Derek Varpness pinned Austin Peterson in the 130-pound match to put the Tigers up 17-9. That lead was short-lived, however, as TMB/WWG went on to win the next seven matches, with three coming by forfeit.
TMB/WWG's Jared Towne (160) and Linch Her (189) helped the Panthers' cause by coming back from deficits in their matches to win by falls in the third period, while Matt Wakefield earned a pin in the second period in the heavyweight match and Joe Ruppert came back to get a pin in the second period at 125 pounds.
"I knew we had some pretty good matchups as it went on and those kids stepped up big," Campbell said of his team's match against Marshall. "We got behind in a couple of matches and got in a couple situations that could have went either way, specifically at (125) and (160). Those were some pretty good matches and we ended up with pins in both of them because our kids kept going and stayed intense and got it done."
While his team lost to Panthers, a positive Bouwman took out of the match was the continued solid performance of Roth, a sophomore, who also had a pin in his first match against Redwood Valley.
"Riley Roth is improving day by day and becoming one of those guys we can count on to be a leader. He's only a sophomore and does a good job," Bouwman said.
Bouwman and Campbell will look for their teams to maintain some consistency in the coming weeks following shaky starts to the season. Marshall returns to action next Friday and Saturday at the Redwood Valley Invitational and TMB/WWG will compete Tuesday in a triangular in Ortonville, which will also include Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.