By Travis Andries
MARSHALL - After a slow start saw the Marshall/Lakeview wrestling team drop its first three matches on Thursday night, two by major decision and one by decision, the Tigers rallied for a 46-26 win over Redwood Valley/Cedar Mountain.
Photo by Travis Andries
Marshall’s Nick Erbes, top, wrestles with Redwood Valley/Cedar Mountain’s Dillon Thooft at 120 pounds in a Southwest Conference dual Thursday at Marshall High School. Thooft won the match in an 11-7 decision.
The Tigers won eight of the 14 total matches, but seven of those individual victories brought in the maximum six points.
"We wrestled really well," Marshall head coach Justin Bouwman said. "We had a couple new guys in the lineup, finally got a full roster, we got a couple guys down to weight and it was nice to see. Overall, I was well pleased with how the kids came out and wrestled."
Brent Breczinski got the Tiger comeback started with his 10-2 major decision over Brady Goblirsch at 126 pounds. Breczinski scored a near fall late in the third period, but was unable to secure the pin before the final buzzer sounded.
Marshall/Lakeview 46, Redwood Valley/Cedar Mountain 26
106-Cooper Martens (R) maj. dec. Dylan Dulas, 12-3
113-Brett Olsen (R) maj. dec. Devyn Martzloff, 11-1
120-Dillon Thooft (R) dec. Nick Erbes, 11-7
126-Brent Breczinski (M) maj. dec. Brady Goblirsch, 10-2
132-Wyatt Martin (M) pinned Sean Barningham, 3:36
138-Matt Facile (M) pinned Kody Thul, 4:46
145-Ramzi Gregoire (M) won by forfeit
152-Shawn Edwards (R) dec. Jarrett Louwagie, 10-5
160-Chace Rhae (R) pinned Owen Hess, 1:20
170-Garrett Maxwell (M) pinned Cody Anderson, 0:58
182-Brandon Appel (M) won by forfeit
195-Campbell Hofstetter (M) won by forfeit
220-Jared Holland (M) pinned Logan Zaske, 1:37
285-Braydin Kvistero (R) pinned Jake Holbrock, 3:16
The Tigers followed with a pair of pins and a forfeit to take a 22-11 lead over the Cardinals. Wyatt Martin pinned Sean Barningham 3 minutes, 36 seconds into their 132-pound bout. The fall broke a 6-6 tie between the wrestlers and gave Martin his first varsity win.
Matt Facile also scored a pin at the 4:46 mark of his 138-pound match with Kody Thul, before Ramzi Gregoire gave the Tigers another six points with a win by forfeit at 145.
The Cardinals struck back with back-to-back wins to cut the Tiger lead to 22-20. Shawn Edwards took a 10-5 decision over Marshall/Lakeview's Jarrett Louwagie in overtime, while Chace Rhae pinned Owen Hess at the 1:20 mark at 160 pounds.
Momentum quickly swung back in favor of the Tigers, however, as they won the next four matches, two by pin fall and two by forfeit.
Freshman Garrett Maxwell pinned Redwood Valley's Cody Anderson in less than a minute at 170 pounds, before Brandon Appel and Campbell Hofstetter picked up six points each for the Tigers with forfeit wins at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively.
Jared Holland, wrestling up at 220 pounds in place of injured Tiger Justin Varpness, had the last match victory of the evening when he pinned Logan Zaske at 1:37.
"Jared's one of the guys we can usually count on for things and it was kind of a plan anyway because Justin was out," Bouwman said of the decision to have Holland wrestle a weight above his typical 195 pounds. "(Varpness) kind of tweaked his shoulder over the weekend, nothing major. It was kind of the plan, but I would have liked to have seen (Holland) down to weight because then I don't have to worry about him over Christmas."
Leading 46-20, Marshall senior Jake Holbrook was pinned by Braydin Kvistero at the 3:16 mark of the 285-pound match, but the Tigers had previously secured victory with Hofstetter's win by forfeit at 195 pounds.
The Tigers are inactive until after the New Year when they return to the mat on Jan. 5 for the Milbank (S.D.) quadrangular. In the meantime, the Tigers will look to rest and recover after a busy opening month that saw them compile a 2-6 overall team record.
"We'll work on a lot of position and just little things, a hand here, an arm there, just little things that we need to work on with position," Bouwman said. "Overall it's going to be a good break, we need the rest. We've got some guys that are banged up and need that rest, so it will be good for us."