PREP WRESTLING: TMB/WWG hands Marshall first loss of season
MARSHALL – The wrestling dual between the Marshall Tigers and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove was a battle between two of the top teams in the area. In the end it was TMB/WWG handing the Tigers their first loss of the season, 36-25.
“Marshall has had a fantastic season,” TMB/WWG coach Karl Campbell said. “Marshall hadn’t been beaten yet. We were looking forward to this test to go against this team. It was nice for our kids to come out on top.”
Campbell said the turning point of the dual occurred in the 145-weight class when Sawyer Schwartz defeated Eli Cole by fall.
“I think the biggest thing for us is we got the momentum back at 145,” Campbell said. “They had the momentum going. They knocked off one of our best kids in the 132 match. When we got to 145 we got the momentum back on our side. That was the first time that Sawyer wrestled down at 145. He gave us another weapon there. It was a nice matchup, just like any other sport it’s all about matchups. We got the matchup we wanted and got the momentum back in our favor.”
Ayden Horner opened the match with a pinfall victory over Marshall’s Conner Roth. The Tigers responded with back-to-back pinfall victories. Hsa Khee Lar pinned Jayden Torgeson in the 113 class. Then Hsa La Eh defeated Caden Johnson by fall in the 120 division.
In the 126 class TMB/WWG’s Levi Ellingson earned a tough earned victory over Lucas Hodges. Ellingson defeated Hodges by decision, 3-0.
Marshall’s Noah Jensen won by decision 3-0 over Dereck Ellingson in the 132-weight class. In the 138 class Marshall’s Grant Louwagie won by 9-1 decision over Tyler Vandendriessche.
In the 152 division Anthony Axford won by technical fall over Jackson Hughes. Campbell said Axford did a good job of setting the tone of the match.
“I didn’t expect that type of match at all against Hughes,” he said. “Hughes is a tough kid. Anthony just went out and went after it. He just took it to them. He’s been stepping up as one of our leaders.”
It was a special moment for TMB/WWG’s Nash Mayer in the 160 division. Mayer missed the majority of the fall season with a knee injury and made his season debut against Marshall’s Elijah Sterner. Mayer won by a 15-6 decision.
“It was great to have him back in the lineup,” Campbell said. “He led the team out pre match. It’s been a long road back for him. He’s been working hard to get back. He’s not in the match shape he needs to be in yet. We needed to get him out there and see what he could do for us. It was huge for us to have him out there.”
Campbell said winning his first match will be big for Mayer’s confidence.
“It is big for his confidence, but the team’s confidence as well,” Campbell said. “He had a fantastic summer training. With his knee set back it was a tough deal. That was a huge win for Nash.”
TMB/WWG’s Jace Paplow defeated Wyatt Martin in 170 weight class with a 7-5 decision victory. In the 182 weight class it was TMB/WWG’s Trevor Eisfeld defeating Tyler Timm by decision 15-10.
TMB/WWG’s Austin Buchholz sealed the dual victory for the Panthers with a pinfall victory over Jaiden Bahr in the 195 class.
“We needed a match against a good team like Marshall,” Campbell said. “We needed to be pushed. It gives us some things we need to work on again. We needed to be pushed by a good team.”
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton-Westbrook-Walnut-Grove (TMBW) 36.00 Marshall (MARS) 25.00
106: Ayden Horner (TMBW) over Conner Roth (MARS) (Fall 1:27) 113: Hsa Khee Lar (MARS) over Jayden Torgeson (TMBW) (Fall 0:38) 120: Hsa La Eh (MARS) over Caden Johnson (TMBW) (Fall 2:41) 126: Levi Ellingson (TMBW) over Lucas Hodges (MARS) (Dec 3-0) 132: Noah Jensen (MARS) over Dereck Ellingson (TMBW) (Dec 3-0) 138: Grant Louwagie (MARS) over Tyler Vandendriessche (TMBW) (MD 9-1) 145: Sawyer Schwartz (TMBW) over Eli Cole (MARS) (Fall 5:19) 152: Anthony Axford (TMBW) over Jackson Hughes (MARS) (TF 24-9 6:00) 160: Nash Mayer (TMBW) over Elijah Sterner (MARS) (MD 15-6) 170: Jace Paplow (TMBW) over Wyatt Martin (MARS) (SV-1 7-5) 182: Trevor Eisfeld (TMBW) over Tyler Timm (MARS) (Dec 15-10) 195: Austin Buchholz (TMBW) over Jaiden Bahr (MARS) (Fall 3:16) 220: Zack Felcyn (MARS) over Tyler Timm (TMBW) (Dec 4-2) 285: Cole Felcyn (MARS) over Sam Bauer (TMBW) (TB-1 6-5)