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Life has been busy for the Hastings wrestling team. Hastings wrestled against Park of Cottage Grove in a Suburban East Conference dual meet last week, then competed at a tournament in Cannon Falls.

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The previous week, Hastings was at the nation's most prestigious wrestling tournament, The Clash, in Rochester.

Here are summaries on the recent matches.

Vs Park

Hastings beat Park on Jan. 3, 51-14.

The meet, as the scores would indicate, was never in doubt.

Hastings won 10 of the 14 matches on the night.

Spencer Kopp got the meet off to a good start with a 3-0 win at 106 pounds.

Luis Sanchez won by a fall in the first period at 120 pounds.

Bill Norris ran the lead to 15-4 with a third-period pin at 126 pounds.

Luke Rowh, the top-ranked wrestler at his weight (132 pounds) won by tech fall, 26-11, giving the Raiders a 20-4 lead.

At 138 pounds, Austin Eichmann won, 12-3.

Jake Anderson won by fall at 145 pounds. His fall came at 3:57.

Dan Marquette won at 160 pounds, earning a fall at 4:46. Marquette is ranked No. 9.

Andy Rachuy, ranked No. 8, won by fall at 1:56.

Daryale Harris won at 195 pounds, 9-8.

Josh Kickbush won by fall at 3:15. He was the Hastings heavyweight.

Cannon Falls tourney

Hastings had one overall champion at a tournament in Cannon Falls last weekend. Anderson was a title winner at 145 pounds. He was a perfect 3-0 on the day.

Hastings placed second to Shakopee in the tournament, coming in just one point behind Shakopee.

Several wrestlers placed. Here is how everyone fared:

At 106 pounds, T.J. Pottinger went 2-2.

Sanchez finished 2-1 and placed fifth.

Norris was 4-1 and placed fifth.

Rowh was 2-1 and placed second.

Jake Spitzack was 2-1 and placed third.

Stuart Mattison was 3-1 and placed second. Mattison was in the championship match but was injured and had to forfeit the round.

Marquette finished 2-1 and took second.

Logan Gove was 1-2 and took sixth. This was Gove's first varsity tournament.

Rachuy finished 2-1 and earned second place. Rachuy was wrestling for first place but was injured.

Harris went 2-1 and took third.

Tony Lodermeier went 3-1 and placed fifth.

Kickbush went 2-1 and took second.

The Clash

Hastings placed 18th at the 11th annual Clash tournament in Rochester. There were teams from 13 states competing at the meet.

In the first round, Hastings lost to Kearney, Mo., 45-22. Earning wins were Kopp, Marquette, Rachuy and Harris.

Hastings then beat Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the second round, 34-25.Wins were recorded by Kopp, Sanchez, Rowh, Spitzack, Anderson, Marquette and Rachuy.

In the third round, Hastings eked out a big win over Arrowhead Union (Wis.), 36-33.

The match started at 145 pounds. Anderson earned a pin for Hastings at 4:23. Hastings then lost the next two rounds by fall and fell behind 12-6.

Bryan Rachuy and Andy Rachuy each earned wins, including a pin by Andy Rachuy at 1:32, giving Hastings a 15-12 edge.

Harris and Lodermeier came up big with pins, giving Hastings a 27-17 lead.

At 120, Sanchez won by decision. Then, at 126, Rowh earned a pin to seal the win for Hastings.

On the second day of competition, Hastings lost a close match to Prior Lake, 31-29. Earning wins for Hastings were Rowh, Anderson, Mattison, Marquette, Andy Rachuy, Harris and Lodermeier.

Hastings lost to Lake Stevens, Wash., in the second round of action, 39-28. Sanchez, Rowh, Spitzack, Mattison, Marquette, Andy Rachuy, Harris and Lodermeier each had wins.

In the tournament's final round, Hastings lost to Green Valley, Nev., 35-31. Rowh, Spitzack, Eichmann, Mattison, Marquette, Cullin Brendeland and Lodermeier each had wins.

Rowh finished 5-0 on the day - all five of his wins were by fall. Marquette was 5-1, as was Andy Rachuy. Harris and Lodermeier were each 4-2.

Notes: Bryan Rachuy was in the lineup for the first time this season after having to sit out because of an injury.

Marquette's only loss was to the No. 2 ranked wrestler in Wisconsin.

Anderson defeated the No. 2 ranked wrester in Class AA. He pinned that wrestler, Cody Heitman, in 1:39.

One of Lodermeier's wins was in overtime.

Hastings lost to Prior Lake at the Raider Duals, 36-22. This time around, the match was much closer.

Three wrestlers made their varsity debuts.

Freshman Jacob Bacon wrestled at heavyweight.

Pottinger, a seventh-grader, saw his first varsity action.

Brendeland saw his first varsity action, too. He is a sophomore.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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