December 11, 2008

Road trip demonstrates early strengths

The Miner wrestlers traveled to Sidney, Mont., for their first true test of the year with one gym, four mats and lots of wrestling last weekend. Ten wrestlers competed in the junior varsity and varsity tournaments. The tournament started out in pool play, a grouping of three to five wrestlers, with Ben Maliske and Jared Weinand winning their pools 3-0 and 4-0. Alex Krebs, Scott Krebs, Jordon Mann and Ryan Block all finish pool play with one loss.

At 98 pounds Hunter Eslinger had Jeremy Simmons, Minot, going over for the fall when the referee stopped the match for an injury timeout with 20 seconds left in the match. Eslinger came up short on making the finals, but would wrestle back to take fourth place. A. Krebs also wrestled at 98 pounds taking sixth place.

Logan Eisenbeis had a rough go at 105-pound varsity going 0-3 but then moved down to 105/112 junior varsity going 3-2 for fifth place. S. Krebs was also in the 105/112 junior varsity taking third place with five pins on the weekend.

Maliske started off strong going 4-0 and then met Kylan Zumpf the state champion from Miles City for his first loss of the year. Maliske would come back around to take fourth place as Brennan Gorder, Sidney, was able to upset Maliske in the closing seconds of the third place match with a chin wrench throw.

Mann has been increasing his confidence as he lost a close match in the semifinals to the No. 1 seed Levi Johnson, Sidney, 6-2. Mann then came back to dominant the third place match with a pin in the first period over Marty Etchemendy, Miles City.

Evan Mellmer is wrestling hard but finding out high school wrestling is pretty tough competition. Winning only one match on the weekend in an 18-16 victory, Mellmer still kept coming back for more finishing eighth in the junior varsity tournament at 119 pounds.

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