Raider wrestlers win meet in Emmetsburg, Iowa
For the second year in a row, the Hastings wrestling team came back from Emmetsburg, Iowa, with a tournament title along for the bus ride.
Hastings had every wrestler place and had six champions en route to the victory.
Tournament champs were Edison Duong at 285, Kyle Erickson at 138, Jake Anderson at 160, Spencer Kopp at 126, Adam McSorley at 120 and Austin Eichmann at 152.
“We ran into some tough competition, with Mark Vaith losing in the finals to Iowa’s No. 1 ranked guy,” coach Josh McLay said.
Seventh-grader Croix Mader saw his first varsity action as a Raider. He placed fourth at 106 pounds, pinning two kids during his debut.
On the same day, Hastings sent several wrestlers to Columbia Heights for a varsity and junior varsity individual tournament.
“We have a very deep team, so we felt like this would be a great opportunity for other kids to see the varsity mat,” McLay said. “This was the awesome part, in that we found success here as well, winning this tournament on the same day.”
Jesse Mimbach won a tournament title at 106 pounds.
Mac Wilson was first, as were Cody Leflay and Keith Mikel.
At the recent Christmas Tournament, Hastings had two wrestlers place.
They were Adam McSorley, who was fourth, and Jake Anderson, who was eighth.
“Adam had a great tournament, losing a heart breaker in the semi-finals in overtime to the returning state champ,” McLay said. “Jake lost in a very similar spot in overtime in the semis as well.”
Hastings had five wrestlers lose in the round before placing, including Kopp, Jacob Bacon, Cullin Brendeland, Eichmann and Trey Rogers.
“This really is a tough tournament with the best teams for North Dakota and some of the best from Wisconsin and the best Minnesota A, AA and AAA teams, it really exposes a team’s weaknesses. But, it shows us where we need to get better. We did lose some very tight matches that we will need to win to be successful at sections and state this year. We will make sure that this is just a bump in the road, but we all know now that there is a lot of work to do and our kids better pack a lunch because it’s time to get to work.
“Trey Rogers really had a break out tournament showing a lot of people that he is a bright up and comer.”
Next up for Hastings is the big Clash tournament in Rochester with the best teams from around the country. Hastings wrestles at 9 a.m. Friday against Cedar Rapids-Jefferson (Iowa) to begin the tournament.