Wrestling: Raiders face nation’s best at The Clash
Just about any wrestling team in the country that wants to be humbled has its big chance in Rochester over the New Year’s break every year. Hastings and dozens of the nation’s top teams again convened there for The Clash, the top wrestling tournament in the country.
The meet started with a close 32-28 loss to Glenbard North from Illinois on Friday, Jan. 2.
Hastings then beat Victor Valley, California, 38-31.
In the third match of the day on Jan. 2, Hastings beat the two-time defending state champs from Mesa Mountain View in Arizona, 33-26.
That set up Hastings to compete in the fifth-place bracket on Saturday.
In the day’s opening match, Hastings lost to Prior Lake, 47-13. In the second match of the day, Hastings lost to a team from Jefferson City, Missouri, 32-30, and then in the final against a team from Hermiston, Oregon, Hastings lost 55-15. The Raiders went 2-4 at the tournament and placed 20th out of 32 teams.
“Did we get better this weekend? We did,” coach Josh McLay said. “Did we take some lumps? We did. Even in those losses, you’re finding some ways you can improve and get better.”
Among the highlights from the day was a match wrestled by Drake Guck. He faced the No. 3 wrestler in the nation and lost.
“At the time, coming off the mat, he wasn’t too thrilled about it,” McLay said. “When I explained his opponent was one of the top kids in the country, he understood.”
Another highlight was the final of the match against Mesa Mountain View. Blaine Wasvick took to the mat with the Raiders clinging to a one-point lead. The Raiders needed a win from Wasvick and he delivered with a pin at 2:11.
“We got to see some really tough competition,” McLay said. “We held our own and saw some areas we need to improve in. We’re definitely progressing, but by no means am I satisfied with where we’re at.”
Here are complete results from the first day of action:
Friday, January 2
Glenbard North, Illinois
182 Trey Rogers won by fall at 3:12
195 Josh Miser lost by decision, 2-7
220 Jackson Schichel won by fall at 3:46
285 Drake Guck lost by fall
106 Paul Kendall won by decision, 10-8
113 Croix Mader won by major decision, 10-1
120 Derek Edwards lost by decision, 7-8
126 Jonah Schill lost by fall
132 Adam McSorley won by decision, 10-4
138 Spencer Kopp lost by decision
145 Mac Wilson lost by decision
152 TJ Pottinger lost by decision
160 Cody Leflay lost by technical fall
170 Kyle Erickson won by fall at 38 seconds
Friday, Jan. 2
Hastings vs. Victor Valley, California
195 Josh Miser technical fall win, 15-0
220 Drake Guck lost by fall
285 Jackson Schichel won by decision, 7-2
106 Matt Myer lost by fall
113 Croix Mader lost by fall
120 Derek Edwards lost by technical fall
126 Lynden Wilson lost by technical fall
132 Adam McSorley won by fall at 3:28
138 Spencer Kopp won by fall at 1:59
145 Mac Wilson lost by decision
152 TJ Pottinger won by major decision, 13-5
160 Kyle Erickson won by major decision, 11-3
170 Austin Eichmann won by fall at 59 seconds
182 Trey Rogers won by major decision, 9-1
Friday, Jan 2:
Hastings vs. Mesa Mountain View, Arizona
220 Drake Guck lost by major decision
285 Jackson Schichel won by fall at 53 seconds
106 Paul Kendall lost by decision
113 Croix Mader lost by decision
120 Derek Edwards lost by decision
126 Schill won by major decision
132 Adam McSorley lost by decision
138 Spencer Kopp won by decision, 10-4
145 Mac Wilson lost by fall
152 TJ Pottinger lost by major decision
160 Cody Leflay won by fall at 46 seconds
170 Austin Eichman won by major decision, 14-5
182 Trey Rogers won by major decision, 14-6
195 Blaine Wasvick won by fall at 2:11