Wrestling: Raiders win Anoka dualsThe Hastings Raiders wrestling team kept things rolling in Anoka over the weekend by taking home the top prize once again. This was the Raiders’ third dual title of the year and it came against some very good teams in St Francis, New London Spicer and Cambridge-Isanti.
By: Gary LaChance, The Hastings Star-Gazette
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team kept things rolling in Anoka over the weekend by taking home the top prize once again. This was the Raiders’ third dual title of the year and it came against some very good teams in St Francis, New London Spicer and Cambridge-Isanti.
Eric Bauer (112) ended the weekend 3-0 with three pins to lead the team. Other 3-0 wrestlers were Colten LaChance (135), Tyler Rohr (152), and PJ Mike (HWT). Luke Rowh (103), Zach Rohr (140), Harry Bourgoin (160), Jake Swenson (171/189) and Isaac Eichmann (215) all had strong weekends with 2-1 records.
Hastings 34, St Francis 23
Hastings started the day off against a very good St. Francis team. Hastings won eight of the 14 matches with two by pin. Luke Rowh (103) put the Raiders on the board with an 8-2 decision. A first period pin by Eric Bauer at 112 gave Hastings a 9-0 lead.
After three losses put the Raiders down 9-12, Colten LaChance (135) supplied the team with a 24-7 technical fall to put them ahead 14-12 for good. Zach Rohr (140) added a second-period pin to give Hastings a 20-12 lead and at 152, Tyler Rohr recorded his own technical fall of 18-3. Harry Bourgoin (160) and Jake Swenson (171) each claimed 4-0 decisions to give the Raiders a 31-20 lead. PJ Mike finished off the dual with a 4-0 decision over Casper Carpenter.
St. Francis boasted two highly ranked wrestlers in Austin Leibel (No. 2 at 119) and Cody Raze (No. 5 at 215). The Raiders Corey Latuff had a 13-6 loss to Leibel and Isaac Eichmann had a 6-2 loss to Raze.
Hastings 33, New London Spicer 27
New London Spicer (No.6 AA) awaited Hasting in round two and proved to be a feisty opponent in this seesaw affair. Once again Hastings won eight matches with two pins. Eric Bauer put Hastings in the winning column with his second pin of the day, and Corey Latuff (119) followed with a 12-3 major decision to give the Raiders a 10-5 lead. NLS stormed back with a pin and technical fall of their own at 125 and 130 to put Hastings behind 10-16.
Colten LaChance (135) won a 14-5 major decision over Dylan Hanson (No. 7 at 130) to be down only 14-16. After two tough losses at 140 and 145, Tyler Rohr answered with a 19-3 technical fall to draw the Raiders within four at 18-22. Harry Bourgoin (160) had a come-from-behind win to draw Hastings closer at 21-22.
With undefeated and No. 2-ranked John Nething coming out to the mat, the Raiders decided to forfeit and move Jake Swenson up to 189. Nething was unable to control his disappointment and his team was deducted a team point, putting the score at 21-27. From there Hasting rolled with Swenson (189) and Isaac Eichmann (215), scoring decisions and PJ Mike (HWT) putting an exclamation point on the win with a first-period pin.
Hastings 33, Cambridge-Isanti 31
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team exacted some revenge over third-ranked (AAA) Cambridge-Isanti, beating them 33-31 in the finals on Saturday at the Anoka Duals. The teams each won seven matches with the Raiders having more bonus points due to the technical fall by Zach Rohr. The victory was sweet revenge for the blue and gold losers to C-I at the Kiffmeyer back in January.
The Raiders were lead by Eric Bauer (112), Tyler Rohr (152) and Isaac Eichmann (215), who pinned their opponents in the first period. Luke Rowh (103) started the match off with 13-2 major decision while Colten LaChance found himself facing a familiar face in Adam Kelling (No. 9) for the third time this year. LaChance ended his day by beating Kelling 6-4. Zach Rohr’s (140) 22-7 tech fall over Cole Bakke proved to be the deciding point, with PJ Mike (HWT) sealing the deal with a 7-3 decision over Seth Woodiwiss.
As a whole, the team wrestled extremely strong. A few good matches not going the Raiders way were Corey Latuff (119) with a 3-1 loss to fifth-ranked Tyler Tischer and Harry Bourgoin’s (160) 4-3 defeat at the hands of second-ranked Clayton Jennissen.
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team won 10 of 14 matches on their way to a dominating win over Stillwater. Behind four pins, three technical falls, one major and two decisions, the Raiders rolled to a 49-19 victory. The Raiders won eight of the first nine weights to jump out to a commanding lead.
Wrestlers getting wins for the Raiders were: Luke Rowh (103) with a 13-5 major decision and Eric Bauer (119) scoring a second-period pin. Corey Latuff (125) had a 15-0 technical fall while Matt Leko (130) and Hunter Swenson (135) each earned pins for the Raiders. Colten LaChance (140) and Zach Rohr (145) both gained technical falls. Tyler Rohr (152) scored a second period pin to put Hasting up 43-6. Isaac Eichmann (215) added a 5-1 decision of his own to put the Raiders up 46-19 going into Heavyweight.
What turned out to be the match of the night just happened to be the last one. PJ Mike, No. 8, squared off against Brock Horwath, No. 2. After a scoreless first period, Mike chose down and was awarded the first point of the match when Horwath was called for clasping. Ultimately Mike scored on a reversal to lead 3-0 after two periods. The third period saw Horwath get an escape to close the gap 3-1 and with time running out, Mike scored with a takedown to secure a 5-1 win.
The Raiders final SEC match will be Thursday, Feb. 11, against Forest Lake to decide the SEC crown. Hastings will enter the match as the favorite but Forest Lake with be bringing a strong team into Hastings. Forest Lake will have Mike Pleski (No. 3 at 103), Tyler Isaacson (No. 4 at 112), Ben Morgan (No. 1 at 130), Kevin Nelson (No. 2 at 135), and Charlie Janssen (No. 3 at 152).