Wrestling: Lightweights set tone for Wildcats in win
GOODHUE - With Triton sporting three ranked wrestlers from 145 pounds and up, a fast start was paramount for the Goodhue wrestling team.
Starting Thursday's Hiawatha Valley League dual with four straight pinfalls, the Wildcats got the boost they needed to manhandle the Cobras on the way to a 65-15 home victory.
"It's nice to match up with teams and we showed some strength in those matchups when I thought we were going to be closer," said Goodhue head coach Josh Grant. "We had some kids just take the steam out of them on the bottom."
At 106 pounds, Bailee O'Reilly got the Wildcats off to a hot start with a pinfall over Colton Chico at 1 minute, 37 seconds.
Joel Gadient boosted Goodhue's spirits even more at 113 pounds. Holding a commanding 4-0 lead over Max Stoeckel after the first period, Gadient snatched up four more points off reversals in the second before finishing off Stoeckel with a pin at 3:20.
"It pumps everyone up when they see us doing well," Gadient said of the lower weights' fast start. "It helps bring up the energy.
Mason Huemann kept the momentum rolling at 120 pounds with a pin in 52 seconds, and a forfeit at 126 put the Wildcats up 24-0. Facing Patrick Ramirez, the No. 6-ranked (1A) wrestler at 126 pounds, Goodhue's Kyle Drehmel battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the first period. Starting the second in the down position, Ramirez scored an escape, followed by a quick takedown for a three-point advantage on the way to a 3-0 decision.
With a 4-1 start to the match, the tone was set for the rest of the Wildcats' lineup.
"I'm really impressed with our starting five. Bailee and Joel, and Mason as a seventh-grader, they're all tough kids," Grant said. "Then, with Matthew coming down to 120 and then Kyle Drehmel ... we got four or five kids who can hold their own. There's not a dud in the bunch."
At 138 pounds, Logan Breuer looked set for another convincing Goodhue victory against Triton's Ethan Obberbein with an early takedown. But Obberbein was able to catch Breuer on a reversal into a 3-point near-fall. But with time winding down in the first period, Breuer took a 6-5 lead into the second period with a reversal and a 2-point near-fall.
"I told myself, 'You can't get pinned here. You got two more periods to wrestle,'" Breuer said. "In the second period, I told myself to keep wrestling my style and the match went well from there."
Breuer took command early in the second, eventually rolling Obberbein on his back for the pinfall at 3:01. After a tight first, Breuer was just ready to take care of business.
"Oh yeah," he said, "I just wanted to get it done."
Said Grant, "(Logan) can get behind a little bit, but he's learning that if you stick with it and out-wrestle opponents for six minutes, he can put people on their backs."
The Cobras' Alex Head - ranked ninth at 145 pounds - put Triton back on the board with a pin at 145 pounds. But the Wildcats responded with 23 straight points, including pins by Mitchell Breuer and Jacob Blattner, and a 17-1 technical fall by Charles Dahling at 182 pounds over Casey Lang.
With Goodhue leading 53-9, the Cobras got their last win at 195 pounds with a pinfall victory from No. 3-ranked Lucas Etchason. In a two-minute span, the Wildcats closed out the dual with Ryan Tipcke (220 pounds) and Josh Dahling (285) winning via pinfall at 1:07 and 53 seconds, respectively.
"We just have a nice lineup," Grant said, "and it was fun to see them get a lot of pins and take some steam out of the other team once they got rolling."
Logan Breuer added, "It feels good to put it together from 106 all the way to heavyweight. Everyone's wrestling really well, and when someone gets a big win, everyone's building off that. We're looking good as a team."
Goodhue resumes HVL action on Jan. 24 in a triangular against Byron and Lake City in Byron.