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Raider wrestlers inch closer to SEC title with win over Stillwater

The Hastings Raiders wrestling team moved one step closer to claiming another Suburban East Conference title with a 40-14 thrashing of the Stillwater Ponies on Thursday night. The Raiders will travel to Forest Lake Thursday at 7 p.m. for the final SEC match of the year. A victory by Hastings will keep their SEC title streak alive.

The Raiders won in dominating fashion with wins in 10 of 14 matches. The Raiders jumped out quickly with a pin by Luke Rowh of Jason Wood at 103 pounds. Isaac Bauer, 112 pounds, added to the score with a 7-1 decision over Dillan Nelson.

At 119 pounds, Danny Gove came up short in losing 13-3 to Stillwater's Austin Jordan. Corey Latuff, 125 pounds, scored a 12-2 major decision over Matt Riehle to give the Raiders a 13-4 lead.

Eric Bauer, 130 pounds, claimed a 14-0 major over Sam Rippe while Keenan Menge, 135 pounds, recorded a second period pin of Danny Moore. At 140 pounds, the Ponies Colin Hertz scored a 5-1 decision over Hunter Swenson to decrease Hastings lead to 23-7.

Colten LaChance, 145 pounds, claimed a second period pin over Alec Cruz while Zach Rohr, 152 pounds, scored a first period pin of Mitch Keogh to push the Raiders lead to 35-7.

At 160 pounds, Jake Rachuy defeated Jack Baglio 11-2 followed by Jake Swenson, 171 pounds, powered his way to a first period pin of Mason Hood. The Ponies Ben Rell won a major decision over Josh Lohmann to close the gap to 45-11.

Isaac Eichmann, 215 pounds, jumped out early and rode to a 9-0 major over second-ranked Mitch Elmer to increase the Raiders lead to 49-11.

At heavyweight, Jake Anderson wrestled a great match against third-ranked Brock Horwath with the only point being an escape by Horwath in the second period.

Hastings 49, Stillwater 14

103 No. 8 Luke Rowh (H) fall Jason Wood (S) [2:57] 6-0

112 No. 7 Isaac Bauer (H) decision Dillan Nelson (S) [7-1] 9-0

119 Austin Jordan (S) Major Danny Gove (H) [13-3] 9-4

125 No. 5 Corey Latuff (H) major Matt Riehle (S) [12-2] 13-4

130 No. 5 Eric Bauer (H) major Sam Rippe (S) [14-0] 17-4

135 Keenan Menge (H) fall Danny Moore (S) [3:34] 23-4

140 Colin Hertz (S) decision Hunter Swenson (H) [5-1] 23-7

145 No. 2 Colten LaChance (H) fall Alec Cruz (S) [3:45] 29-7

152 No. 1 Zach Rohr (H) fall Mitch Keogh (S) [1:05] 35-7

160 Jake Rachuy (H) major Jake Baglio (S) [11-2] 39-7

171 No. 7 Jake Swenson (H) fall Mason Hood (S) [1:47] 45-7

189 Ben Rell (S) major Josh Lohmann (H) [12-4] 45-11

215 No. 6 Isaac Eichmann (H) major No. 2 Mitch Elmer (S) [9-0] 49-11

285 No. 3 Brock Horwath (S) decision Jake Anderson (H) [1-0] 49-14

Raiders fall to Scott West

The Hastings Raiders wrestling team faced third-ranked Scott West (AA) on Friday. The highly anticipated dual drew a large crowd from both schools to see two of the top wrestling teams in the state. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the outcome was not what they expected as the Panthers won 37-24. Scott West was quicker and wrestled with more energy than the Raiders culminating in the Panther winning nine matches to quiet the home crowd.

The dual started with Zach Siegle pinning himself to give Hastings an early 6-0 lead. Scott West's seventh -ranked Luke Betchwars won an 8-2 decision over seventh-ranked Isaac Bauer to make the dual 6-3 Hastings.

At 119 pounds, fourth-ranked Luke Zilverberg outlasted fifth-ranked Corey Latuff 7-4 to even the dual.

Fifth ranked Eric Bauer put Hastings back in front with a 16-1 technical fall of Andrew Fogarty. Hastings' Keenan Menge just missed pulling an upset of sixth-ranked Ty Dobmeier in losing 5-4, pulling the Panthers within two at 11-9.

Scott West's fourth-ranked Gabe Fogarty put the Panthers ahead for good at 14-11 with a technical fall of Hunter Swenson.

In a battle of second-ranked wrestlers, the Panthers Jake Siegle escaped with a 6-5 decision over Colten LaChance.

Hastings' top-ranked Zach Rohr responded with an 18-7 major of Charlie Pesch to move Hastings within striking distance at 17-15.

Sixth-ranked Tyler Zilverberg extended Scott West's lead to 21-15 with a 13-0 major of Bryan Rachuy. Followed by Nick Dvorak stretching the Panthers lead to 27-15 with a pin of sixth-ranked Jeff Engstrom.

Jake Swenson gave the Raiders some hope with a 7-3 decision over Marty Dvorak to make the score 27-18 in favor of Scott West, but Zach Dvorak of Scott West sealed the victory with an 11-2 major of Josh Lohmann, making the dual score 31-18.

Scott West's top-ranked Michael Kroells quickly pinned Cody Wagner to put the score at 37-18.

Sixth-ranked Isaac Eichmann ended the dual with a first period pin of Jon Lucas to complete the scoring at 37-24.

Hastings 24, Scott West 37

103 No. 8 Luke Rowh (H) fall Zach Siegle 6-0

112 No. 7 Luke Betchwars (SW) decision No. 7 Isaac Bauer (H) [8-2] 6-3

119 No. 4 Luke Zilverberg (SW) decision No. 5 Corey Latuff (H) [7-4] 6-6

125 No. 5 Eric Bauer (H) technical fall Andrew Fogarty (SW) [16-1] 11-6

130 No. 6 Ty Dobmeier (SW) decision Keenan Menge (SW) [5-4] 11-9

135 No. 4 Gabe Fogarty (SW) technical fall Hunter Swenson (H) [15-0] 11-14

140 No. 2 Zach Siegle (SW) decision No. 2 Colten LaChance (H) [6-5] 11-17

145 No. 1 Zach Rohr (H) major Charlie Pesch (SW) [18-7] 15-17

152 No. 6 Tyler Zilverberg (SW) major Bryan Rachuy (H) [13-0] 15-21

160 Nick Dvorak (SW) fall Jeff Engstrom (H) 15-27

171 Jake Swenson (H) decision Marty Dvorak (SW) [7-3] 18-27

189 Zach Dvorak (SW) major Josh Lohmann (H) [11-2] 18-31

215 No. 1 Michael Kroells (SW) fall Cody Wagner [1:15] 18-37

285 No. 6 Isaac Eichmann (H) fall Jon Lucas (SW) 24-37

Hastings wins Anoka Duals

The Hastings Raiders wrestling team rebounded from Friday's loss with three blowout victories to easily win the Anoka duals. The Raiders were never threatened as they won 35 of the 42 matches they wrestled.

As the top seed the Raiders wrestled a JV All-star team in the opening round. The Raiders cruised to a 71-6 win with the only points they gave up were by forfeit at 103 pounds. The Raiders recorded eight pins, one forfeit, two technical falls, one major, and one decision.

In round two, Hastings opponent was the Thunderhawks of Grand Rapids. The Raiders won 11 of 14 matches compiling five pins, one forfeit, one technical fall, two majors, and two decisions in defeating Grand Rapids 55-11. Hastings once again jumped out to a huge lead in winning the first five matches and never looked back. The Raiders wrestled with better energy as a team than they did the previous night.

The final opponent for the Raiders was the ninth-ranked New London-Spicer Wildcats. The Raiders powered their way to the Anoka Duals title with a 51-9 thumping of the Wildcats. Once again, the Raiders wrestled with purpose and desire in dominating New London-Spicer.

Marquette wins state title

Ninth-grader Dan Marquette claimed the 130-pound state title at the ninth-grade state tournament in Champlin Park on Saturday.

Marquette defeated Sorenson of Owatonna. Other wrestlers placing at 9U State were eighth grader Jake Anderson, who took fourth at 135 pounds, seventh-grader Austin Eichmann finishing seventh at 119 pounds, and ninth-grader Andy Rachuy taking seventh place 160 pounds.