DELANO, MN - DECEMBER 15, 2016 - The Tigers got a big home conference dual win over the visiting New Prague Trojans, ranked #14 in AA. The dual went back and forth - with both teams holding leads throughout the dual. But it was the Tigers holding the lead at the end, when it mattered most.
Delano secured an early lead through the first six matches. Tyson Kroells gave the team a great effort at 106. Giving up size, Kroells was able to keep his match to a major decision - which was critical to the team's chances. Reier Sjomeling followed with a 11-1 major decision at 113. Carson Tschudi was able to get a big pin at 120. Tanner Kroells controlled his opponent and secured a 10-0 major decision. After a forfeit given at 132, Tucker Sjomeling won a hard-fought 2-0 decision at 138. This left the Tigers at a 17-10 lead.
After two New Prague pins and a decision, Jacob McDonald gutted out a 3-2 decision in a crucial match at 170. This brought the Tigers with 5 points and a 20-25 deficit on the scoreboard. The next two matches would be critical for the Tigers. They would need sophomore Samson Streachek and freshman Edward Hajas to either win, or keep any loss to a decision, for the Tigers to have any chance at all to win. Both Streachek and E. Hajas wrestled tough matches against good opponents and were able to keep their losses to decisions - which put the score at 31-22 in favor of New Prague.
That meant that both Steven Hajas at 220 and Walker Russek at Hwt would need to pin their opponents to get the Tigers a team win. S. Hajas scored a takedown :45 into the match and was able to quickly turn his opponent and got the pin at the 1:09 mark.
And that set the stage for Russek, the senior-captain. Through the first period, the score remained 0-0, with neither wrestler able to score a takedown. In the 2nd period, Russek escaped from bottom position to take a 1-0 lead. With a little over a minute remaining in the period, Russek seized his opportunity and was able to throw his opponent to his back. Flirting with the out-of-bounds line, Russek was able to pull his opponent inbounds while keeping him on his back. Twenty seconds later, the official slapped the mat and called the pin. Russek pins. Tigers win 32-31.
The Tigers were scheduled to compete at the Dassel-Cokato Duals on Saturday, December 17. This event was cancelled due to the inclement weather across the state. The Tigers next action will be on Thursday, December 22 when they travel to Orono to compete in a quadrangular vs. Orono, Henry Sibley, and Benilde-St. Margarets.
Complete Results vs, New Prague:
Delano (DELA) 32.00 New Prague (NEPR) 31.00
106: Colby Dunkel (NEPR) over Tyson Kroells (DELA) (MD 16-4) 113: Reier Sjomeling (DELA) over Joe DeJong (NEPR) (MD 11-1) 120: Carson Tschudi (DELA) over Alex Scheffler (NEPR) (Fall 1:44) 126: Tanner Kroells (DELA) over Carter Bornholdt (NEPR) (MD 10-0) 132: Max Scheffler (NEPR) over (DELA) (For.) 138: Tucker Sjomeling (DELA) over Sam Reyant (NEPR) (Dec 2-0) 145: Trevor Skogerboe (NEPR) over Hayden Lynch (DELA) (Fall 3:27) 152: Gaige Giles (NEPR) over Camden Tschudi (DELA) (Fall 1:17) 160: Nick Arguedas (NEPR) over Eli McCune (DELA) (Dec 11-8) 170: Jacob McDonald (DELA) over John Bowman (NEPR) (Dec 3-2) 182: Tyler Montanye (NEPR) over Samson Streachek (DELA) (Dec 15-9) 195: Brennan Rutt (NEPR) over Edward Hajas (DELA) (Dec 6-4) 220: Steven Hajas (DELA) over Dominic Devine (NEPR) (Fall 1:09) 285: Walker Russek (DELA) over Tony Wacker (NEPR) (Fall 3:11)