Hastings wrestling team takes a close second to state’s No. 2 team at Raider Duals
The Hastings boys wrestling team played host to the annual Raider Duals on Saturday, and they almost came away with the tournament title.
Over the years, the tournament has gotten more and more competitive, and this year was no exception. Hastings, ranked No. 4 in the state, ended up facing Prior Lake (the state’s No. 2 ranked team) in the tournament’s championship match and the Lakers escaped with a 30-29 win.
“We wrestled those guys very tough, all the way through the lineup,” coach Josh McLay said. “We had a lot of chances to win the match. We were right there. We are real close to being where we want to be.”
The tournament started with a nice 47-15 win over Monticello, which features six ranked wrestlers in Class AA.
Earning wins for Hastings were Adam McSorley (106), Spencer Kopp (113), Luke Rowh (138), Austin Eichmann (145), Jake Anderson (152), Stuart Mattison (170), Dan Marquette (182), Cullin Brendeland (195), Daryale Harris (220) and Tony Lodermeier (285).
Eichmann, who is ranked No. 9 in Class AAA, beat the No. 3-ranked wrestler in Class AA, 3-2.
“He wrestled a really tough match,” McLay said.
Lodermeier, who will be wrestling at 220 pounds for much of the season, was bumped up to heavyweight. In his match, he beat the No. 6 ranked wrestled in Class AA by fall at 2:53. Lodermeier was giving up 60 pounds to the other wrestler, McLay said.
“It was pretty cool to see that happen,” McLay said. “All the way up and down the lineup, the kids came out ready to go.”
In the second match of the day, Hastings beat Albert Lea, 54-18.
The meet got off to a great start when McSorley pinned the No. 8 ranked wrestler at 106 pounds.
“That really ignited our team for that dual,” McLay said. “That pumped everybody up right off the bat.”
Also earning wins were Kopp, Cody Leflay, Rowh, Eichmann, Anderson, Marquette, Mark Vaith, Brendeland and Lodermeier.
In the championship match against Prior Lake, Hastings would have ended tied with the Lakers 29-29, but a technical violation for something that happened off the mat ended up costing Hastings a point and the Raiders lost 30-29.
“It was a younger wrestler who will hopefully learn his lesson about keeping his cool,” McLay said. “It was in the heat of the moment. I talked to the boys about the impact of it, and keeping our cool. There are going to be bigger situations than that. If we can’t keep our cool now, how will we do when we have bigger matches?”
On the mat, Hastings got three wins right off the bat from McSorley, Kopp and Sanchez to take a 12-0 lead.
Rowh won at 138 and then Anderson, Johnson and Marquette won back-to-back-to-back matches at 152, 160 and 170 to give Hastings a 29-9 lead.
Prior Lake then flexed its muscle and earned pins at 182, 195 and 220 to pull within two points at 29-27.
In the match at 285 pounds, Prior Lake won in overtime, 3-1, to get the win. The Prior Lake heavyweight is ranked No. 2 in the state. In fact, the four wrestlers who took the mat for the Lakers down the stretch are all ranked in the state’s top five.
Hastings had absolutely no trouble with Roseville in the season’s opening match on Friday night. Hastings won, 74-0.
“The kids came out ready to go,” McLay said. “After two weeks straight of practicing, they were ready for an event.”
The meet gave McLay a chance to wrestle some young members of the team, including a pair of eighth-graders.
Trey Rogers and T.J. Pottinger both saw their first varsity action and each earned a win.
Here’s how the meet went:
103 – Adam McSorley won by forfeit.
113 – Pottinger won by tech fall, 22-5.
120 – Luis Sanchez won by tech fall, 16-0.
126 – Kyle Erickson won by forfeit.
132 – Finley Meyers won 11-7.
138 — Luke Rowh won by fall at 5:59.
145 – Austin Eichmann won by forfeit.
152 – Rogers won 7-5.
160 – Jake Johnson won 20-2.
170 – Dan Marquette won by fall at 1:06.
182 – Mark Vaith won by fall at 1:54.
195 – Cullin Brendeland won by forfeit.
220 – Daryale Harris won by tech fall, 16-1.
285 – Tony Lodermeier won by fall at 1:57.