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Warriors in Section 3AA individual tournament

February 28, 2013

Jordan Clarke was able to work his way through the brackets and place fifth 
Jordan Clarke was able to work his way through the brackets and place fifth
By: Sean Solheim, Sports Writer
Though the team season for the Warriors ended abruptly against the Trojans, the season wasnít completely done for all the wrestlers. Over the weekend, each wrestler competed in the Section 3AA individual wrestling tournament in their weight class for the chance to punch their ticket to the state tournament. A few wrestlers for the Warriors were able to place in the top six in the tournament, and one wrestler got his chance to go to state for his final time in his wrestling career.

Just like any other individual meet, the tournament was set up in a double elimination format, which gave the wrestlers a second chance if they fell in the first round. Clayton Hartle was the first Warrior to win a couple matches right away. Hartle was matched up with Eric Bommerbasch from Redwood Valley and Hartle was able to win by technical fall with ease in 5:23. However, Kesmond Willert from Marshall gave Hartle a tough match. When the buzzer sounded, Willert was declared the winner by decision, 7-4, to put Hartle in the wrestle back bracket. There, Hartle defeated Nash Meyer in less than a minute, defeated Matt Henrikson from Montevideo in a very close match, and even though he fell to Colten Specht, he still was able to take fifth place after defeating Mitchell Ascheman by decision, 4-0.

Later in the 138 pound class, Jordan Clarke was able to work his way through the brackets and place fifth, just like Hartle did. He started his run when he pinned Michael Stottler in 1:49 and later fell to Dillan Johnson from MAHACA in 3:50. In the wrestle backs, Clarke was given a bye his first round and quickly defeated Vince Riley from Worthington in 38 seconds. Ramzi Gregoire gave Clarke a hard fought match and though he got pinned in 2:33, he defeated Joe Schomaker from Montevideo by decision, 10-4, to take fifth place in the 138 pound bracket.

There were no wrestlers that filled the spots in the 145 and 152 pound classes from the Warriors, which brought Senior Ben Loosbrock to the mat in the 160 pound class. Loosbrock, who went into the tournament with a 32-5 record on the season, started out his run against Justin Elias from Adrian. Loosbrock used little energy in that match as Elias was pinned in 57 seconds. Loosbrock did the same thing on Phillip Bowie, too. In fact, the pin call was given to Loosbrock in 1:00 flat and he used just about the same amount of effort. In the semi-final round, Loosbrock was matched up with Zach Kempema from Worthington and that match was close all the way through. Loosbrock was able to gain an edge right away and thatís all he needed to take the match. When the final buzzer sounded, Loosbrock was able to move on to the championship match with a 3-1 decision. In the championship match, Loosbrock was paired up against Garth Ochsendorf from UNITED. Early on in the second period, Ochsendorf made a move to get control on Loosbrock and got more than he figured. Loosbrock went to his back and the pin was given to Ochsendorf in 2:25, which made Loosbrock wrestle for second place and the second bid to the state tournament. In the final match for the runner-up spot, Loosbrock had a re-match with Zach Kempema where he won again and punched his ticket to the state tournament in his final year as a wrestler.

Brian Behrends, who is another Senior at Murray County Central, was another wrestler that was able to place in the tournament and just missed the state tournament bid. Behrends went into the tournament with a 27-10 record and started his run against DJ Reker from Luverne in the 220 pound class. Behrends had a close match with Reker all the way through and always held the upper hand on him in terms of points. As soon as Reker came back and tied the match, Behrends was able to break it open slightly to gain an advantage. In the end, Behrends was able to move on with a 7-4 decision. Behrends was matched up with JD Struxness from UNITED in the semi-final match. Struxness gave Behrends a challenge and didnít allow him to get any points. Behrends fell in that match by major decision, 9-0, which put Behrends in the wrestle backs. In the first round of the wrestle backs, Behrends was able to pin Luis Figueroa from Fairmont/Martin County West in 1:52. In the semi-final match in the wrestle backs, Behrends was paired with DJ Reker once again, but that time, Reker had the upper hand and defeated Behrends, 7-3 to give him fourth place in the tournament.

Arron Benson was the last wrestler and the last Senior to place in the tournament in the heavyweight class. Benson started the tournament with a pin in 5:38 against Brier Bossman from Quad County, but later fell to Brandon Schmitt from UNITED to go to the wrestle backs. There, Benson started against Cody Rofshus from Luverne where he fell in 1:20. Though he lost twice, he was able to compete for fifth place against Brier Bossman once again. Bossman did everything he could to avoid a pin again, and he did so barely as Benson took sixth place with a 6-4 loss.

Congratulations to all the Warrior wrestlers on their season and congrats to Seniors Ben Loosbrock, Brian Behrends, Shay Posthuma and Arron Benson on their final season as a Warrior, and good luck to Ben Loosbrock as he will compete in the state tournament.

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