The St. Ansgar Saints wrestling team has stayed busy over the course of the past week, hosting a triangular on Thursday in St. Ansgar with North Butler and Central Springs. After their triangular, the team competed in the Clear Lake Invite on Saturday, and most recently, traveled to Grand Meadow, Minnesota to compete against the GMLOS Bulldogs, Westfield Razorbacks, and the USC Rebels.
The Saints started their busy week hosting a triangular at home. They faced off against North Butler-Clarksville first. The Saints had a tough run against North Butler, only getting one win that came from a Derek Peterson (106) pin fall over Seth Lane in the first period, 1:18 into the match. Next up for the Saints was Central Springs. The Saints wrestled better against the Panthers, winning 4 matches, with 3 coming from pin falls. Derek Peterson picked up his second win of the evening by a pin in the second period over Garret Heagel and Jaden Hutchinson (113) pinned Jaxon Tate at the 2:07 mark of their match. Devan Hackenmiller (132) pinned Petyon Strouth in the first period of their match and Sage Hulshizer (152) won 5-3 over Max Howes. The Saints fell 56-21 to the Panthers.
After their triangular on Thursday, the Saints next action came in Clear Lake for their Invitational. The Saints had a couple of wrestlers that had good days at Clear Lake. Dayton Smith finished as the champion in the 182 pound weight class and Derek Peterson made it to the championship match, but lost to finish in second place.
In their most recent wrestling action, the Saints traveled into Minnesota to take on three different teams in duals in the Grand Meadow gymnasium. First up for the Saints was GMLOS. The Saints were able to win a few matches on their way to a 60-18 loss. Wins for the Saints came from Collin Ubben (220) in a pin over Clayton Luthe in the first period. Dayton Smith received a forfeit and Kraig Hemann was able to pin Jordan Oxley in the second period. Next up for the Saints was United South Central. Jaden Hutchinson defeated Ethan Elvebak by fall in the second period at the 3:27 mark. Sam Juenger (126) won 7-0 over Konner Harpestad. Gabe Walk received a forfeit and Dayton Smith was able to pin Levi Thisius in the second period. The Saints lost 52-21 in the dual. The last opponent for the Saints was the Westfield Razorbacks. The Saints had their best scoring outing of the night as a team, but still couldn’t muster up a win, falling 54-27. Wins for the Saints came from Derek Peterson, Devan Hackenmiller, Gabe Walk (145) in a very exciting 5-4 victory over Joe Pirkl, Sage Hulshizer (152), and Dayton Smith.
The Saints wrestlers get a night to rest before getting back into the swing of things. On Thursday, they will be traveling to Rockford for a quad with Rockford, Riceville, and Nashua-Plainfield. Then on Friday, the wrestlers will help out any way they can with the Booster Club Tournament that always draws a great crowd. On Saturday, the Saints make their way to MFL High School for their 12 team invitational. Keep working hard, Saints!