Nashua— The St. Ansgar wrestling team saw their first action against others school since the break on Tuesday, January 2 at the Nashua-Plainfield High School. Despite the cold temperatures, the triangular had a pretty good crowd that showed up to cheer on the schools competing. Forest City was the third school to make it a triangular.
After a full break over the holidays, the Saints were healthy enough to have almost a full team compete. The Saints forfeited weight classes 195 and 285. To start the night, the Saints took on Forest City, with Brecken Buringrud (132) starting things off with a JV match against Adam Trunkhill of Forest City. Buringrud won the first official match of 2018 after defeating Trunkhill by fall, 1:35 into the match.
Kraig Hemann (170) had the first varsity match of 2018 for St. Ansgar. After a tough battle, unfortunately, Hemann lost by fall at the 3:13 mark of the match.
Dayton Smith (182) was up next and was able to start off his new year the right way, defeating Tim Buck by pin fall just :48 seconds into the match.
Garrett Koster (220) had a pin for the Saints over Austin Kelso (1:06). After Koster’s win, the next Saint to pick up a win was Derek Peterson (113). He faced off against Wyatt Gelhaus and both athletes battled, but Peterson was able to win the match 8-0.
The only other win for the Saints came from Devan Hackenmiller (132) over Brett Walton. Hackenmiller won the match by pin fall :49 seconds into the match. The Saints lost their first dual of 2018 to Forest City 50-22.
After a break, the Saints ended the night by taking on Nashua-Plainfield. Garrett Koster was able to pick up his second win of the night, once again by pinning his opponent. Koster had the fall at the 3:37 mark over Daton Asche.
Devan Hackenmiller went 2-0 on the evening after defeating Michael Stille by fall, 1:30 into the match. Sage Hulshizer picked up his first win of the new year against Cael Brunner, Hulshizer pinned Brunner at the 2:57 mark.
Dayton Smith was also able to pick up his second win of the night, this time by a 13-1 score over Nathan Dettmer. Unfortunately, the Saints weren’t able to pick up the win in the dual, losing 54-21 to Nashua-Plainfield.
“I thought we wrestled pretty good off of our feet for the first night back since break,” said coach Barry Kittleson. “We’re doing some better things as the season goes along. Our young guys keep battling but just need a little more experience.
Dayton Smith has been rolling for the Saints this season, only losing one match to Noah Glaser of New Hampton. Kittleson couldn’t be more happy with Dayton’s success this year.
“He’s got all the tools to go all the way this season,” said Kittleson. “He’s a pretty strong kid and has been a great leader for us. With us having low number with only 16 kids out this year, I kind of wonder why more kids don’t want to be like Dayton. He has a big test on Thursday night against some tough opponents which will be good for him.”
The Saints host a triangular on Thursday with North Butler and Central Springs. On Saturday, the Saints travel to Clear Lake for an 8 team tournament and on Tuesday, the Saints are on their way to Grand Meadow for a dual with them. Check back in next week’s EJ for more coverage on the St. Ansgar wrestling team!