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Wrestling: Spartans edge Raiders, 28-25, to claim MEC title

For many Hastings High School sports, the move to the Metro East Conference was a welcomed change. For the Hastings wrestling team, the move presented one big challenge – the Simley Spartans. On Friday night, Simley showed just how strong they were, beating Hastings here in a close match, 28-25, to win the MEC title.

Both teams entered the meet with undefeated league records.

The meet got off to a great start for the Raiders when Jesse Mimbach won in overtime.

After a loss at 113, Hastings got the lead back at 120 when Adam McSorley won a close match, making the score 6-4.

Hastings lost at 126, 132 and 138, though, and fell behind 17-6.

Austin Eichmann stopped the bleeding with a big win at 145 pounds, 3-1. After Simley was docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct, the score was 16-9 in favor of the Spartans.

Jake Anderson won at 152, Trey Rogers won at 160 and Jon Vouk won at 170 to make the score 19-16 in Hastings’ favor.

Hastings lost matches at 182, 195 and 220, though, making the score an insurmountable 28-19 heading into the final match at heavyweight.

Jacob Bacon pinned his Simley opponent to make the final 28-25.

This weekend

This weekend will be a big one for wrestling fans. Hastings is competing in the section team tournament, which begins here Thursday night.

Hastings will face the winner of the Northfield and Rochester Century match. Hastings is expected to take the mat at about 7 p.m.

If the Raiders win, they’ll advance to Rochester to wrestle at 11 a.m. and 12:45 with a trip to the state tournament on the line.