Grant County Herald
The week started a little tough for the Knights as they ran up against some good competition in Montevideo Jan. 23. First, the team lost to UNITED 41-24 and followed that up with a close 40-33 loss to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove. The Knights were able to turn the tables when they hosted Detroit Lakes, Crookston and Alexandria Area in Barrett Jan. 26 for a quadrangular. The Knights took down DL 42-25, beat up on Alexandria Area 50-18 and dismantled Crookston 66-7 to easily win their home quadrangular.
In Montevideo, the Knights took on Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo UNITED in their first match. The team put up a fight, but UNITED was too much to handle and they earned a 17-point win over the Knights.
UNITED jumped out to a 5-0 lead with wins in the first two weight classes, but Evan Dingwall gave the Knights a 6-5 lead with a pin at 121 pounds.
The lead went back and forth with UNITED winning 127 pounds, but Owen Gruchow’s pin at 133 pounds left WCA/A/BE on top 12-11.
UNITED then picked up three straight wins at 139, 145 and 152 pounds to take a 29-12 lead over the Knights.
WCA/A/BE did all they could to get back into the contest. Solomon Wales had a pin at 160 pounds to trim the lead to 11. Ezekiel Sieckert won by decision 5-3 at 172 pounds to widdle the lead down to eight points. Jeremy Blascyk brought the Knights even closer with a 5-3 decision win at 189 pounds to make it 32-24 with two weight classes remaining.
UNITED slammed the door on any sort of comeback with wins in the final two weight classes to secure the 17-point win.
It was another competitive match in Montevideo when the Knights took on Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove. Despite winning four of the final five weight classes, the Knights came up seven points short against the Panthers.
TMB/WWG won the first two weight classes to open up an 11-0 advantage. The Knights came back with pins from Dingwall and Gruchow at 121 and 127 pounds to give the Knights a 12-11 lead.
The Panthers went on a bit of a run with wins in the next four weight classes to take a commanding 27-12 advantage.
The Knights did everything they could to claw back into the game with four wins in the last five weight classes. Wales, Sieckert and Will Rustan all had pins at 160, 172 and 285 pounds and Blascyk had a 6-3 decision win at 189 pounds. The Panthers broke the Knights hearts with a pin at 215 pounds to seal the deal for TMB/WWG.
Detroit Lakes 25
To start their home quad, the Knights battled the larger school in Detroit Lakes. WCA/A/BE did not have much trouble with the Lakers and won the final five weight classes on their way to a 17-point win.
It was back and forth for the first few weight classes. Detroit Lakes won 107 pounds by decision, but Dingwall picked up a pin for the Knights at 114 pounds to give WCA/A/BE a 6-3 lead. DL came back with a pin at 121 pounds to make it 9-6. Gruchow recorded the second win for the Knights with a pin at 127 pounds to give them a 12-9 advantage.
The Lakers picked up pins at 133 and 139 pounds to make the score 21-12, and gave the Lakers their biggest lead of the match. Adam Lohse had a 4-0 decision win at 145 pounds for the Knights, but DL came back with a major decision win at 152 pounds to make the score 25-15.
The Knights won the final five weight classes to ice the team match. DL left 160, 172 and 189 pounds open and all of a sudden the Knights were in front 33-25. WCA/A/BE finished it off with two wins when Freddi Munoz had a 3-2 decision win at 215 pounds and Rustan picked up a pin at heavyweight to make the final score 42-25.
It was another blowout victory for the Knights in their second match of the quad against Alexandria Area and it led to a dominating 32-point win.
Nathan Brethhorst and Dingwall started the dual right for the Knights. Brethhorst had a 10-2 major decision win at 107 pounds and Dingwall had a pin at 114 pounds to make it 10-0 after two weight classes.
The Cardinals won three of their next four matches. The one Knight win came from Gruchow at 127 pounds with an 11-6 decision win. After six weight classes, WCA/A/BE trailed Alexandria Area 18-13.
The Knights went on a roll, winning the final seven weight classes to easily win the dual. Lohse, Olson, Wales, Sieckert and Rustan all recorded pins for the Knights at 145, 152, 160, 172 and 285 pounds. Blascyk had a 14-4 major decision win at 189 pounds and Munoz won by decision 3-2 at 215 pounds.
The Knights made it 3 for 3 with blowout wins in their home quadrangular with a massive 66-7 win over Crookston.
As hard as it may be to believe, Crookston did lead in a match they lost by 59-points. Crookstron had a 23-1 major decision win at 107 pounds.
The Knights then pulled off eight wins in a row. Five of those eight wins came from forfeit at 121, 127, 139, 152 and 160 pounds. The Knights who did wrestle during that stretch all had pin wins. Dingwall at 114, Gruchow at 133 and Lohse at 145 all had pins for the Knights to make it 48-4 with four weight classes left.
Crookston did win their second match of the dual with an 11-4 decision win at 172 pounds. The Knights picked up two more forfeit victories at 189 and 215 pounds and then Rustan capped the dual off with a pin at heavyweight to ice away the 59-point win for the Knights.
The next meet for the Knights will be the West Central Conference meet in Dawson set for Saturday, Feb. 3.