The Hastings' wrestling team won their first conference dual of the season 54-16. The Raiders won 11 out of 14 matches, including five pins. Many of the Raiders wrestled up a weight-class from what they competed in at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament, but it did not seem to slow them down at all. The highlight of the dual was T.J. Pottinger, wrestling up at 170 pounds, beating Evan Lawrence by a 3-1 decision. Lawrence was the fourth-ranked wrestler in class AA at 160 pounds, and has managed to keep that ranking despite the loss to Pottinger.
The full results are as follows:
106 pounds: John Kendall of Hastings defeats Hunter Wilsey by fall in five minutes and 56 seconds.
113 pounds: Jake Fitzpatrick of Mahtomedi defeats Matt Myers by major decision 12-4.
120 pounds: Paul Kendall of Hastings defeats Bryce Fitzpatrick by fall in 3:37.
126 pounds: Reid Lawrence of Mahtomedi defeats Croix Mader by fall in 4:37.
132 pounds: Zach Kelsey of Mahtomedi defeats Lynden Wilson by fall in 5:05.
138 pounds: Adam McSorley of Hastings defeats Nate Kujawa by technical fall 23-5.
145 pounds: Mac Wilson of Hastings defeats Collin Grandstrand by fall in 1:39.
152 pounds: Corbin Leflay of Hastings defeats Coyan Scott by fall in 1:23.
160 pounds: Kyle Erickson of Hastings defeats Mitch Bradley by decision 8-1.
170 pounds: T.J. Pottinger of Hastings defeats Evan Lawrence by decision 3-1.
182 pounds: Cody Leflay of Hastings defeats Ben Nelson by decision 11-5.
195 pounds. Trey Rogers of Hastings defeats Alec Zell by fall in 2:31.
220 pounds: Jackson Schichel of Hastings receives a forfeit.
285 pounds: Drake Guck of Hastings defeats Elijah Heatherston by major decision 15-5.
Hastings is ranked eighth in class AAA as of Friday, Dec. 23. There are five Raider wrestlers who are currently ranked in their respective weight classes for class AAA. McSorley is ranked fourth at 132 pounds, T.J. Pottinger is ranked sixth at 160 pounds, Trey Rogers is second at 182 pounds, Jackson Schichel stands at second in 220 pounds, and Drake Guck has entered the rankings in ninth for 285 pounds. Guck is a new addition to the rankings as he was unranked two weeks ago in the last edition.
The Raiders wrestled at Totino-Grace Thursday, Dec. 22, but results were not available at the time this article was written. They next wrestle Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30-31 in Rochester at The Clash.