MARSHALL - It didn't take long for Windom Area/Mountain Lake to make an impression at the Southwest Conference dual Thursday in Marshall.
The Cobras dominated the first half of the matches, taking a 35-0 lead en route to earning a 65-12 victory over M/L. The score, however, was not indicative of the overall experience, as many of the Tigers wrestled their hearts out.
"We had some young guys who did a lot of nice things for us," Marshall head coach Justin Bouwman said. "We had three guys out of the lineup (Thursday) with some injuries and some sickness. It's the wrong time to have it, and it kind of stinks because we weren't supposed to be wrestling tonight. We should have been done."
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Marshall/Lakeview’s Wyatt Martin holds Windom/Mountain Lake Area’s Jacob Suess during the 152-pound bout of a Southwest Conference dual on Thursday at Marshall High School.
Due to inclement winter weather, the match was postponed twice. While the timing was unfortunate, Bouwman said the team made the best of the opportunity.
"It's tough, but we stuck some guys out there to give them some chances instead of forfeiting, which was nice," he said. "So some young guys got to get some experience and they got to wrestle in front of the home crowd."
Dylan Dulas, Jackson Hughes, Hussein Osman, Matt Facile and Brent Breczinski battled hard, but suffered losses for M/L early on.
"Jackson Hughes, being a seventh-grader, went out there and gave us as much as he had," Bouwman said. "He went out there and wrestled hard. You just give kids a shot sometimes. He went out there and did what he could. He didn't quit, so that's the biggest thing. It's exciting to watch the young guys."
Bouwman said he was extremely pleased with the effort from Collin Noriega and Wyatt Martin. Noriega competed hard, but fell 18-6, while Martin earned a pin in three minutes, 58 seconds.
"Wyatt wrestled really well," Bouwman said. "I was really impressed with Collin, too. He had no idea till (Thursday) that he was going out there."
Brandon Appel was the only other Tiger wrestler to put up points on the scoreboard against the Cobras. Appel won his match by forfeit, making the score 47-12. M/L then had to forfeit the final three weight classes.
"Windom is a pretty good squad," Bouwman said. "They're solid. And they came ready to wrestle (Thursday)."
For two wrestlers - Facile and Breczinski - it was the final match of their career at home. The duo were honored for "Senior Night" at the contest.
"It's a little surreal, I'd say," Facile said. "You've been in wrestling since you were a little guy and you don't ever think it's going to be your senior night. So it's a little weird running out for the last time and wrestling for the last time at home."
Facile lost his match in a 5-1 decision, but said he'll take some positives from it.
"The kid I was wrestling was ranked pretty high, I think," Facile said. "I wrestled him pretty tough, I thought. It was a big confidence booster going into sections for me."
Breczinski's match didn't quite go as he had hoped either, but he gave props to his opponent, who pinned him at the 3:20 mark.
"It was a bittersweet night," Breczinski said. "We had a better turnout last year, compared to this year, but we had some good matchups. Wyatt had a good matchup. Matt and I had tough matches, but we tried to do our best. My kid was ranked pretty high, but I tried to stick it out. I fought as long as I could."
As their high school wrestling career winds down, both have fond memories of their time and have high hopes for the post-season.
"At the beginning of the season, it was rough," Breczinski said. "But then I started catching on again. I got my 60th win and I'm trying to get my 75th now. My goal is to get to state. My other goal is for the team to get to state. It's difficult, but it is possible. Who knows?"
Breczinski is a handful of wins away from his 75th win.
"Both Matt and Brent have opportunities," Bouwman said. "It's there for them. They have to go out and take it. They've put in the time already, now they just have to go get it."
M/L will be back in action Tuesday for the team section competition. The Tigers take the mat at 6 p.m. in Dawson. Individual competition follows the team tournament.
"I'm hoping to place in the top two and go to the state tournament," Facile said. "That's my big goal."
WINDOM/MOUNTAIN LAKE 65, MARSHALL/LAKEVIEW 12
106: Alex Borsgard (W/MLA) major decision Dylan Dulas, 12-0; 113: Evan Wiens (W/MLA) pinned Jackson Hughes, 1:08; 120: Wyatt Stevens (W/MLA) won by forfeit; 126: Hunter Quiring (W/MLA) pinned Hussein Osman, 3:23; 132: Joe Fischenich (W/MLA) decision Matt Facile, 5-1; 138: Jared Willaby (W/MLA) pinned Brent Breczinski, 3:20; 145: Luis Ramirez (W/MLA) major decision Collin Noriega, 18-6; 152: Wyatt Martin (M/L) pinned Jacob Suess, 3:58; 160: Ben Malter (W/MLA) pinned Sam Prorock, 0:10; 170: Gavin Mutz (W/MLA) pinned Jarrett Louwagie, 5:56; 182: Brandon Appel (M/L) won by forfeit; 195: Austin Ewing (W/MLA) won by forfeit. 220: Julio Guterriez (W/MLA) won by forfeit; 285: Vince Johnson (W/MLA) won by forfeit.