SECTION WRESTLING: Marshall takes down Wildcats to begin section tournament

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Hsa La Eh tries to pin his New London-Spicer opponent during their Section 3AA North team tournament on Thursday. Marshall won 64-12.

MARSHALL – The Marshall wrestling team entered their postseason looking to set the tone early in their Section 3AA North matchup against New London-Spicer Thursday night. The Tigers made sure they controlled the match as Marshall earned pins in 10 of its 14 weight classes en route to a 64-12 victory.

Marshall coach Justin Bouwman said it took a group effort throughout the match and they wanted to make an impact right away.

“We came ready to go and the guys really wanted to put on a good show at home,” Bouwman said. “We haven’t wrestled New London-Spicer all year, so that’s section seeding for us so it’s a big thing.”

It was the Wildcats who took an early lead to start, as New London-Spicer earned a win by decision and a pin to take a quick 9-0 advantage. But the Tigers answered right back, with Marshall getting four consecutive pins from Hsa La Eh (2:34), Lucas Hodges (1:08), Noah Jensen (1:53) and Grant Louwagie (1:38) to make it 24-9.

After Andrew Williams dropped a close decision match to make it 24-12, the Tigers earned four more pins thanks to Jackson Hughes (1:40), Elijah Sterner (3:58), Zach Stahl (1:25) and Wyatt Martin (1:21) to push Marshall’s lead to 48-12.

Bouwman added he wants his players to be there for each other and make that impact on one another and help pick each other up and feels they do that day in and day out.

“That’s one of the things that we talk about every day is being there for each other. Some days somebody will have a bad match and somebody’s going to have to pick you up,” Bouwman said. “We’re always about the next man up and picking you up and being ready to go, and the guys do a really good job of it. Pinning’s contagious and once you get going, it’s hard to stop.”

Jaiden Bahr then picked up a major decision victory at the 195-weight class before Zack and Cole Felcyn each earned pins to close out the match.

Bouwman said he was pleased with how aggressive they were with their footwork and going after what they wanted.

“We were much more aggressive on our feet,” Bouwman said. “We went after the match and wanted to take it to them instead of sitting back and waiting. That was a big advantage for us.”

Marshall advances to the next round of the Section 3AA North team tournament and will face Worthington Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Bouwman said their biggest takeaway will be making sure they’re ready at all weight classes as well as cleaning up a few fundamentals.

“There’s still some things on our feet that we need to clean up,” Bouwman said. “With some of the little guys, we need to be ready; those are some big matches for us and they’re kind of that sparkplug that we need to get going. If we can get that, then we’re set.”