LARP wrestlers visit Medford, Kasson-Mantorville

LARP freshman wrestler Jacob Meyer picked up his third win of the day at Kasson-Mantorville, scoring a 12-4 major decision over Blue Earth Area’s Logan Johnson at 160 pounds. PHOTO BY SCOTT JONSGAARD
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Scott Bestul
Tri-County Record

With tournament time only two weeks away, the Screamin’ Eagles wrestlers sharpened their game with visits to Medford on Thursday Jan 24, then a big weekend meet in Kasson-Mantorville Jan 26.

LARP vs. Medford

When the Screamin’ Eagles visited Medford, they faced off against one of the few MSHSL Class A opponents they’ve wrestled against recently. While the Section 2A Tigers came away with a 34-19 victory, LARP wrestlers won four of the ten contested matches.

LARP’s Tyler Kreidermacher kicked things off, scoring a fall at 5:59 of his 106-pound match against Evan Schweisthal. The Tigers answered with Alex Helgeson, who notched a fall at 1:45 of his 113-pound bout with LARP’s Jordan Zibrowski.  Charley Elwood kept the ball rolling with a 12-5 decision over Carter Jonsgaard in their 120-pound match, and Kael Neumann grabbed the third Medford victory with a fall at 1:48 of his match with LARP’s Hunter Mart at 126 pounds.

Gable Speltz got the Screamin’ Eagles back on the scoring track with a fall at 3:07 of his 132-pound match with Garron Hoffman. Tate Hermes rebounded for Medford, notching a 6-3 decision over Caleb Mueller at 138. The Tigers’ George McCarthy then scored a fall at 2:48 of the 145-pound bout with Kolton Riser, and Willie Von Ruden prevailed in a 17-9 major decision over Dominic Jenkins in their 152-pound match.

LARP prevailed in the last two contested matches of the day. The Screamin’ Eagles Jacob Meyer won a 14-4 major decision over Curtis Fict-Babcock at 160, and Ethan Sense triumphed over Zach Wetmore in a 6-1 decision at 170.

LARP at Kasson-Mantorville

Once again, the Screamin’ Eagles entered a meet filled with larger schools and had their hands full with some top wrestlers at the Bob Swalla Memorial Tournament.

LARP’s first opponent was Class AA Mankato West, and wins were hard to come by in a dual won by the Scarlets, 59-9.  Brody Koberoski started things off with a 9-0 decision over LARP’s Tyler Kreidermacher at 106 pounds. The teams swapped forfeits in the next classes, before Dylan Novak won a 13-0 major decision over LARP’s Carter Jonsgaard. That win was followed by MW pins in the next three contests; Charlie Pickell pinned Gable Speltz at 132 pounds, Gannon Rosenfeld pinned Caleb Mueller at 138, and Rhett Wiebers pinned Kolton Riser at 145. Scarlets grapplers then scored a pair of victories in decisions. Wyatt Block triumphed 10-3 over Dominic Jenkins (152) and Josh Allen prevailed 8-3 over Jacob Meyer (160).

LARP’s Ethan Sense grabbed the only Screamin’ Eagles victory of the match with an 8-1 decision over Caleb Meger at 170 pounds. Avery Miller answered with a 6-4 decision over Carter Weidemann at 195 in the last contested match of the dual.

LARP then faced off against another Class AA opponent, the Waconia Wildcats. Though the Wildcats got help from forfeits in four weight classes, they also took eight of ten contested matches to win 63-10. Tyson Peitz started with a 5-2 decision over LARP’s Tyler Kreidermacher at 106, and Josh Wagener managed to hold Carter Jonsgaard scoreless in a 4-0 decision at 120. Gable Speltz grabbed one of LARP’s two victories with a 11-2 major decision over Bradee Dwinell at 126. Gage Mueller answered with a 10-0 major decision over Caleb Mueller at 132, and Max McEnelly made it a pair with a 12-6 decision over Kolton Riser at 138. Dominic Jenkins came roaring back for LARP, pinning Will Burroughs at 145 pounds. But the Wildcats’ Tim Stapleton had an answer, pinning Tristyn Hegland at 152. From there on it was all Waconia; Mitch Garnatz took a 12-3 major decision over Jacob Meyer at 160, Cade Mueller pinned Ethan Sense at 170, and Sam McEnelly scored a 11-3 major decision over Carter Weidemann at 220.

LARP then entered the fourth place pool, where their first opponent was the Class AAA Forest Lake Rangers. Four pins and three forfeits contributed to a 54-12 victory for the Rangers in this dual. Reid Nelson opened the match by pinning Tyler Kreidermacher at 106, and Derrick Vanacker did the same, pinning LARP’s Carter Jonsgaard in their 120-pound match.

Gable Speltz lost a 11-6 decision to the Rangers’ Daniel Vanacker, and LARP’s Caleb Mueller was on the short end of a 7-2 decision in his 132-pound match with Kyle Schwartz. Kolton Riser was pinned by Forest Lake’s Wyatt Nelson at 138, and Mathias Waskey had all he could handle with LARP’s Dominic Jenkins, but managed to prevail in a 9-8 decision at 145. Tyler Raway then pinned LARP’s Tristyn Hegland at 152.

Two Screamin’ Eagles followed with pins of their own: Jacob Meyer pinned Lawrence Boh at 160 pounds, and Ethan Sense pinned opponent Fagerstrom at 170. In the last contested bout of the dual, the Rangers’ Logan Rowe won an 8-2 decision over Carter Weidemann at 220 pounds

In their final dual of the day, the Screamin’ Eagles faced off against Class A Blue Earth Area (BEA) and narrowly missed victory. Thanks to forfeits in three weight classes, the Buccaneers managed a 47-30 win, despite seven LARP victories in contested matches.

Tyler Kreidermacher jump-started LARP by pinning Carson Sturtz in their 106-pound match, and Carter Jonsgaard answered in kind, pinning BEA’s Davis Sunken at 120. Gable Speltz then grabbed a 6-4 OT victory over BEA’s Caleb Beeler at 126, and Caleb Mueller pinned BEA’s Jacob Beeler at 132 pounds.  

Though Jaxson Klinker pinned LARP’s Kolton Riser at 138, Dominic Jenkins responded with 12-2 major decision over Max Ehrick at 145. Kolby Nagel then pinned Tristyn Hegland at 152, but Jacob Meyer picked up his third win of the day with a 12-4 major decision over Logan Johnson at 160 pounds. Ethan Sense kept the momentum by pinning Nick Frank at 170, but in the last contested match of the dual, the Buccaneers’ Eric Anderson managed to pin Carter Weidemann at 220.


The Screamin’ Eagles next meet is Fri. Feb 1, when they travel to GMLOS.