December 25, 2008

Miners two-time champions at Linton

Six wrestlers, mixed with hard earned conditioning and getting after it wrestling equaled twelve pins, five placings and 4.2 pounds of hardware this past weekend. The Beulah-Hazen Miners battled with 16 other Class B teams at the Linton Holiday tournament to get their first team trophy in almost five years. Placing fourth behind this year’s Class B powerhouse Oakes, Carrington and Napoleon with Rugby, South Border and Hettinger nipping at their heels.

Once is good but twice is nice as the Miners had two champions. Ben Maliske defended his 112-pound crown impressively, not even giving his opponents time warm up by pinning all three in the first period. Jared Weinand captured his second tournament crown of the year at 145 pounds also with three pins. His semifinal match against Billy Vetch, South Border, was no cakewalk having to fight off his back on three different occasions before wearing his opponent out and getting the pin 34 seconds into the third period.

"I could feel his strength fading as the match went on," Weinand said.

Ryan Block had a very solid weekend going 4-1 with his only loss to two-time state champion Evan Gross from Napoleon in the semifinals. For third place Block scored two near fall with a cheap tilt as time ran out to win 4-2 over Kyle Bahm, Carrington.

John Eisenbeis is getting his groove back after coming off a football injury that delayed his wrestling about a month. In his first tournament action of the year Eisenbeis went 4-2 on the weekend dropping a close one 6-3 to James Murphy, Carrington, to finish fourth.

Jordon Mann competed at 119 pounds, probably the toughest weight class in the tournament with six state placers. Mann finished 2-2 on the weekend, finishing in seventh place with a pin using his signature Spladle move over Jayden Gross, Linton.

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