Wrestlers fare well
By Mark Anderson
The Staples Motley wrestling team beat Winona 38-24, then lost to two tough teams, 43-22 to West Central Area and 42-31 to St. Cloud Tech, at a quad meet on Jan. 2.
“We were about where we thought we would be, were we need to be,” said Coach Dave Anglin. “We got a good look at WCA.”
WCA is the highest ranked team in the Section 6A, so the Cardinals could see them in the postseason. Staples wrestlers won six of the match ups but they didn’t get a pin until the heavyweight match.
One of the highlights of the day was Blayne Dumpprope defeating one of the WCA ranked wrestlers. “That was a good one, he gutted it out,” said Anglin. “From now on he will have that ‘I can do this’ attitude.”
Owen Bjerga earned three wins in the three duals. “He picked it up, we will be counting on him,” said Anglin.
Kyle Serich earned three pins at heavyweight in the three matches. “He wrestled really well, he is starting to come into his own,” said Anglin.
Jasiah Paskewitz got his first varsity action of the year. Although he didn’t win, Anglin said Paskewitz “wrestled tough, he frustrated some really good wrestlers.”
Although the team looked good, the meet could be costly because two of the varsity wrestlers will be out for a few weeks with hand injuries. “It will be interesting wrestling short a few people,” said Anglin. “The bar just rose and the kids will have to rise up and match it.”
Staples Motley 38, Winona 24
106: Spencer Miller W 12-8; 113 Owen Bjerga W 8-0; 120 Blayne Dumprope L fall; 126 Blake Gerard W ff; 132 Eric Lisson W ff; 138 Jasiah Paskewitz L 7-2; 145 Dalton Holmberg W 6-4; 152 Isaac Swensrud L fall; 160 Alex Erpelding W fall; 170 Jeremy Miller L 3-2; 182 Cameron Bendson W 9-0; 195 double ff; 220 Nathaniel Rodrigues L fall; 285 Kyle Serich W fall
Staples Motley 22, West Central Area 43
106 S. Miller W 5-1; 113 Bjerga W 11-1; 120 Dumprope W 4-2; 126 Lisson L 8-3; 132 Paskewitz L fall; 138 Holmberg L fall; 145 Matt Miller L fall; 152 Swensrud L fall; 160 Erpelding W 9-2; 170 J. Miller W 5-2; 182 Bendson L 10-0; 195 ff; 220 ff; 285 Serich W fall
Staples Motley 31, St. Cloud Tech 42
106 S. Miller W fall; 113 Bjerga W fall; 120 Dumprope L 9-1; 126 Lisson W fall; 132 Paskewitz L 12-3, 138 Holmberg L 8-0, 145 M. Miller L fall; 152 Swensrud L fall; 160 Erpelding W 16-5; 170 J. Miller W 8-4; 182 ff; 195 ff; 220 ff; 285 Serich W fall