PREP WRESTLING: Tigers take care of St. James in dual victory
Marshall – The Marshall Tigers won six matches by fall during their dual against St. James. The six pinfall victories led to a convincing 57-15 home dual victory Thursday night.
“We went out and got pins,” said Marshall coach Justin Bouwman. “That’s been our M.O., we’re looking to get falls. That goes back to when we didn’t have full teams and we’ve just kept that mentality and it’s been working for us.”
Hsa Khee Lar opened the match for the Tigers with a 9-1 decision victory in the 106-weight class. St. James got on the board in the 113-weight class when Sam Kulseth pinned Marshall’s Hsa La Eh. Noah Jensen got the lead back for the Tigers by picking up a technical fall victory in the 120-weight class.
In the following match Lucas Hodges showed his grit. Hodges trailed in the match 9-1 late in the third period. The sophomore continued to fight and won by fall at the 5:35 mark to stun his opponent.
“Lucas wrestled him before and got pinned,” said Bouwman. “He just wrestled the whole match and continued to fight. You can’t say enough about his effort.”
The Tigers picked up their second straight pinfall victory when Dylan Dulas won by fall in the 132-weight class. Toby Semler won the following match by decision (12-9).
The battle in the 170-weight class between Elijah Sterner and Tony Rodriguez was the marquee matchup of the night. Sterner won in sudden overtime when he scored a takedown to pick up the 7-5 decision victory.
In the 182-weight class Wyatt Martin picked up the quickest pin of the night. Martin pinned his foe 47 seconds into the match. Zach Felcyn picked up Marshall’s six pinfall victory in the 195-weight class.
As the regular season is drawing closer to the finish line the Tigers could be peaking at the right time of the year.
“We’re all kind of clicking right now and it’s all starting to come together,” said Bouwman. “It’s starting to look good and hopefully we can continue to improve.”
The Tigers will hit the mats again on Thursday when they travel to Minneota for a triangular. Marshall will grapple against BOLD and Minneota.
“BOLD is rebuilding,” said Bouwman. “They still have some good guys and it will be a good challenge. Minneota is Minneota. Sometimes I think they might be in our head, but we’re ready to go get them.”
Complete results listed below:
Marshall 57, St. James (SJ) 15
106: Hsa Khee Lar (MARS) over Wyatt Westcott (SJ) (Dec 9-1) 113: Sam Kulseth (SJ) over Hsa La Eh (MARS) (Fall 5:07) 120: Noah Jensen (MARS) over Alex Hanson (SJ) (Tech. Fall 17-2) 126: Lucas Hodges (MARS) over Nelson Cuellar (SJ) (Fall 5:35) 132: Dylan Dulas (MARS) over Landon Hoppe (SJ) (Fall 2:50) 138: Zach Stahl (MARS) over (SJ) (For.) 145: Toby Semler (MARS) Tallin Johnson (SJ) (Dec 12-9) 152: Jackson Hughes (MARS) over Maxwell Svalland (SJ) (Fall 2:46) 160: Jacob Brey (SJ) over Tyler Timm (MARS) (Dec 4-1) 170: Elijah Sterner (MARS) over Tony Rodriguez (SJ) (Dec 7-5) 182: Wyatt Martin (MARS) over Peyton Engelking (SJ) (Fall :47) 195: Zach Felcyn (MARS) over Ruben Suarez (SJ) (Fall 5:33) 220: Shawn Hillesheim (SJ) over Jaiden Bahr (Fall 3:05) 285: Brendin Otto (MARS) over (SJ) (For.).