PREP WRESTLING: Rabbits run By Quad County

Photo by Brennen Rupp Wabasso/RRC’s Calvin Anderson and Quad County’s Tori Rupp wrestle against each other in the Section 3AA team tournament Thursday.

MARSHALL – The Wabasso/Red Rock Central wrestling team won five of its final six matches against Quad County to pick up a 42-22 dual victory to advance to the section semifinals.

“We wrestled hard the whole time,” WRRC coach Brett Bartholumaus said. “That was kind of our point going in. We needed to wrestle hard, have fun with it and do what we want to do. We are focused on winning three duals in a row.”

The dual started off on the right foot for Quad County, when Jaden Jimenez defeated Mason Irlbeck by decision (10-1). The Bobcats answered right back when Ben Johnson defeated David Hidalgo by decision 13-1.

In the 120-weight class Quad County’s Josh Hesse picked up the duals first win by fall by defeating Sam Ohliger. The Bobcats once again had an answer. Jordan Odegard pinned Try Pranger in the 126-weight class to tie the dual at 10-10.

Tori Rupp gave Quad County the lead again by defeating Calvin Anderson by decision 4-1. The Bobcats then rattled off three straight match victories to open up a 22-13 lead.

Mile Kattevold got Quad County back on the board by defeating Cole Werner by decision 7-1. The Bobcats then went on on another run, picking up four straight match victories, including a pinfall victory from Devin Liebel in the 195-weight class.

The match ended with Ethan Beckler pinning Jared Welch in the 285-weight class. Quad County’s head coach, Justin Franke said Beckler’s victory is one of the many positives to take away from his team’s defeat.

“We have a bunch of seniors on this team,” Franke said. “We thought we were going to do a little better tonight, but the Bobcats are a quality team. We had some key wins throughout the match. Like in the heavyweight with Beckler getting the pinfall. That’s a big time win for him. That’s going to help him with seeding in the tournament. Jaden Jimenez had a nice match in the 106-weight class as well. We had some in there, but we just didn’t have enough tonight.”

Franke said the impact that the seniors have had on the Quad County wrestling program is invaluable.

“They were good leaders for our team,” Franke said. “They are just quality leaders. Just about every single one of them has over 20 wins this season. That means we’re winning duals. We just happened to run into a team that was a little better than us.”

With the win the Bobcats will grapple with Worthington in the section semifinals on Saturday. In order to advance to the section championship Bartholomaus said his team will have to match the same blueprint they used in order to advance against Quad County.

We need to do the same thing we did tonight,” Bartholomaus said. “We need to wrestle hard. We need to control what we can control and not make anything tougher than it already is.”

106: Jaden Jimnez (QC) over Mason Irlbeck (WRRC) (Dec 10-1) Ben Johnson (WWRC) over David Hidalgo (QC) (Dec 13-1) 120: Josh Hesse (QC) over Sam Ohliger (WWRC) (Fall 3:42) 126: Jordan Odegard (WWRC) over Trey Pranger (QC) (Fall 1:27) 132: Tori Rupp (QC) over Calvin Anderson (WWRC) (Dec 4-1) 138: Tyson Doubler (WWRC) over Ayden Friese (QC) (Dec 10-2) 145: Jared Schropfer (WWRC) over Duncan Marquat (QC) (TF 15-0) 152: Cody Dadgood (WWRC) over Cole Hatch (QC) (Dec 8-1) 160: Miles Kattevold QC) over Cole Werner (Dec 7-1) 170: Nick Altermatt (WWRC) over Stephen Countryman (QC) (Tech Fall 15-0) 182: Mitchell Falton (WWRC) over Angel Jimenez (QC) (Fall 1:29) 195: Devin Liebel (WWRC) over AUstin Friese (QC) (Fall 2:45) 220: Isaac Schmiesing (WWRC) over Bryce Schmidt (QC) (Dec 5-0) 285: Ethan Beckler (QC) over Jared Welch (WWRC) (Fall 3:10).