First invite, first place


Bearcat grapplers amass 20 pins to take Clark/Willow Lake invitational



It was a series of firsts for Webster Area wrestling.

They faced their first invite of the season at Clark High School Dec. 2.

They locked in 146 points to claim their first team gold of the season.

Individually, they saw five first place finishes.

To an even more intensified extent, the Bearcats’ Mexican foreign exchange student, junior Cody Perez, gained his first pin during the first regulated wrestling match he’s ever faced in his life.

“I was kind of pleased with how our kids showed up this week,” said Webster head coach Wade Rausch. “I was not expecting to win the tourney. It was a nice little surprise at the end.”

So was Perez’s pin.

“That’s always nice to see,” Rausch continued. “He came running down after the win, grabbed a hold of me and gave me a big hug.”

Bearcat grapplers who proved undefeated were eighth graders Cade Roerig and Hunter Ruckateschel, sophomores Cade Shoemaker and Sterling Rausch and senior Tristen Bent.

Rucktaeschel, Bent and Roerig won their weight divisions handily, together amassing five pins while needing just two decisions.

Meanwhile, Rausch had to wrench out a 5-4 decision against Clark/Willow Lake eighth grader Gage Burke to win the 132-pound division. It would take an overtime session against Clark/Willow Lake junior Landon Werdel for Shoemaker to claim his gold.

Senior Carter Shoemaker was in position to claim victor in the 170-pound division, but he was eventually pinned by Clark/Willow Lake junior Caleb Orris following an early second period falter.

Despite the struggle, the Cats’ 20 total pins gave them a nice cushion to take team honors.

“We wrestled aggressive all day,” Rausch said. “We ended up getting a lot of pins, which was huge for team points.”

Per team scores, Clark/Willow Lake placed second with 127 points; Faulkton Area third, 115; Kingsbury County fourth, 98; Groton fifth, 64: and Britton/Hecla sixth, 32.

Overall, 52 wrestlers competed. Only one Webster wrestler participated in a maximum of four bouts.

Webster would go on to compete at the Howard Invite Dec. 9.

Individual results:

90-98 – Roerig pinned seventh grader Ethan Johnson, KC, at 1:55; decisioned seventh grader Trucker Mertens, B/H, 10-3; received bye for first.

106 – Eighth grader Cael Larson received bye; was decisioned by seventh grader Dylan Zell, KC, 8-7; received bye; pinned eighth grader Gunner Kvistand, C/WL, at 4:11 for third.

120 – Rucktaeschel pinned seventh grader Cael Schoenfelder, KC, at :23; pinned freshman Dragr Monson, GRO, at 1:27; received bye for first.

126 – Freshman Andy Johnson was decisioned by freshman Alec Dobson, KC, 10-4; pinned freshman Hunter McClean, GRO, at 1:08; pinned sophomore Charlie Spieker, C/WL, at 1:45 for second.

132 – Rausch received bye; pinned junior Tate Schulte, FAU, at :45; decisioned Burke 5-4 for first.

138 – Eighth grader Hayden Niles pinned freshman Isaiah Edgar, FAU, at 2:34; was pinned by senior Josh Weisbrod, C/WL at 1:29; received bye; decisioned freshman Evan Stromness, Unat 4-0; was pinned by sophomore Levi Boyko, B/H, at 2:22 for fourth.

160 – Perez pinned seventh grader Dalton Kerr, B/H, at 4:47; was pinned by senior Gannon Martinmaas, FAU, at :36; received bye; was pinned by freshman Baily Reich, GRO, at 3:26 for fourth.

170 – Sophomore Joey Hubsch pinned freshman Christian Virchow, KC, at 1:02; was pinned by Orris at :39; pinned eighth grader Owen Kerkvliet, Unat, at :26; pinned sophomore Gage Carter, FAU, at 2:26 for third.

170 – Senior Carter Shoemaker pinned Kerkvliet at 1:23; pinned Carter at 1:26; was pinned by Orris at 2:27 for first.

182 – Eighth grader Colton Lauen was pinned by Landon Werdel, C/WL, at 1:10; pinned sophomore Emil, Melballe, Unat, at 1:56; pinned sophomore Thomas Cranford, GRO, at 1:25; pinned senior Tyeson Alsalihi, B/H, at :27 for third.

182 – Sophomore Cade Shoemaker received bye; pinned Cranford at :54; won in overtime 6-1 against Werdel for first.

220 – Bent decisioned junior Wyatt Locke, GRO, 3-0; pinned seventh grader Corbin Reich, GRO, at 2:47; pinned junior Connor Hoffman, KC, at :38 for first.

285 – Junior Chase Sigdestad major decisioned senior Riley Schmidt, C/WL, 8-0; was pinned by senior Brandyn Anderson, GRO, at :45; received bye for second.

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