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Trojan boys make it eight in a row, enter Section play Sat. TROJAN WRESTLING COACHES TOM CROATT AND JOE EUSTICE show their excitement as freshman Isaac Cloos wins by a pin over Roger Paquin of YME at 140 lb. at the Section 3A Individual Wrestling Tourna- ment last Friday at Redwood Falls. Cloos did not place but wrestled well in the tournament. Roggenbuck places fourth at Section 3A Tournament The Ortonville wrestling team ended their season last weekend in Redwood Falls at the Section 3A Indi- vidual Wrestling Tournament. Ten young men competed for the Trojans for a chance to wrestle in the State Tournament. Two wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the State meet this Friday and Saturday at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul. Nick Stelz competed at 103 for the Trojans. In his first match he lost to the eventual runner-up and state entrant Brady Zitzman of BOLD. Stelz, an eighth grader, was able to counter some things and stay in the match with the sophomore for most of the first period. Nick was pinned and went into the wrestle backs where he lost to Bryce Goff a 20 match winner from Benson to end his season. Seventh grader Joseph Eustice took the mat at 112 for the Trojans. Eustice started the tournament against seventh grader Mitchell Koosman of Benson. This was one of the only times this sea- son Joseph has been matched up with someone his own age. He wrestled well but was not able to find a way to get a win and lost by fall in the first pe- riod. In the first round of the wrestle backs Eustice had to wrestle 23 match winner and sophomore Trevor Fagen of MACCRAY/RCW. Joseph almost made it through the first period against a tough kid before losing by fall. Travis Westlund has been fighting the flu and symptoms of a concussion for the last two weeks. He was cleared to compete on Thursday but due to not being able to work out he had to move up to 125 to compete. After a first round bye, Travis matched up with the number one seed and eventual Cham- pion Christian Skillings of Minneota. Skillings is a two time Minnesota State Wrestling Champion and also a runner- up. Westlund made a good attempt at a takedown but was not able to take the senior down and was taken to his back and pinned in the first period. In the first round of the wrestle backs West- lund matched up against junior Scott Rauenhorst of BOLD. Travis wrestled very well in this match and competed well for us. He was able to make it into the third period before he made a mis- take and ended up getting pinned. Freshman Isaac Cloos wrestled for the Trojans at 140. In the first round he drew senior Zach Revier of BOLD the #2 seed in the tournament. Cloos wrestled very well in this match against the eventual runner-up. Isaac did a good job of fighting off of his back and stopping many attempts by Revier to put him on his back. Cloos was able to stay in the match and compete hard until the end of the second period when he was pinned as time ran out in the pe- riod. In the first round of the wrestle backs Isaac matched up with sopho- more Roger Paquin of YME. This was one of the few matches all year that Cloos has had an opponent that was close to his age. Things did not start out so good for Cloos in this match. He came close to getting the first take- down but lost it in a flurry at the edge of the mat. He then was not able to keep his arms in and was turned in a craddle to fall behind five to zero at the end of the first period. Cloos took up and was able to control the second pe- riod. Isaac came very close to getting a turn many times during the period. He was able to get a two point near-fall at the end of the second period to make the score five to two. In the third pe- riod Paquin took both up and was able to get a second takedown to add to his lead. Cloos came fight back with a re- versal to make the score seven to four. Raquin was able to keep from getting turned and got a reversal to extend his lead by two. Cloos was not done and came back with another reversal to cut the lead to just three points. Isaac was working hard to get a turn with a half nelson but ran Raquin off the mat with only 25 seconds left. After the new start Cloos got a good break down and went right back to the half-nelson. With just ten seconds left he was able to get the turn and with just one second left in the match he got the fall and the win. This win got Isaac to within one match of placing in the section tourna- ment. In the first round on Saturday Cloos had to wrestle junior Brett Feld- man of MACCRAY/RCW. Isaac fell behind 5-0 in the first period after he gave up a takedown and a three point near-fall. In the second period Feld- man would gain and escape and get a quick takedown. He was then able to get both of Isaac's arms and put him on his back and get the fall in the middle of the second period. Sophomore Jorden Roggenbuck en- tered the tournament as the Trojans highest seed and best shot at advancing to the State Tournament. He came in as the #3 seed with his 22-8 record. In the first round Roggenbuck wrestled junior Sam Hanson from Benson. Jor- den went right to work and got a nice double leg takedown to start the match. He then got a good breakdown and stuck in the half-nelson and came away with the fall in 52 seconds. In the sec- ond round Jorden matched up with sen- ior Brandon Garbers of Canby. In the first period Roggenbuck was able to get a nice takedown and controlled Garbers the rest of the period to take a 2-0 lead into the second. In the second period Garber's took down and when he tried to escape bent one of Jorden's fingers back to give up a penalty point. Jorden went for a power half, but got caught in a full-nelson to give up a penalty point to make the score 3-1. Garbers was able to get a reversal to cut the lead to just one point. Roggen- buck gained an escape as time ran out in the period to go back up by two points. Jorden took down and was able to get an escape near the middle of the period. There was not much action the rest of the way. Roggenbuck was called for fleeing the mat and gave up a penalty point to make the final score 5-4 advancing Jorden to the semi-final round on Saturday morning. In the semi-finals Jorden had to wrestle the number two seeded Dominic Sweet- man of Redwood Valley. In this match Roggenbuck laid everything out there and competed very hard. He was just a little off on finishing his moves and Sweetman was always just a little bit ahead of us and was able to score in every period and keep Jorden from ever getting going. We just could not match Sweetman and ended up losing by a tech-fall in the third period. In the semi-finals of the wrestle backs Jorden matched up with Nathan Dubblede of Pipestone. In the first period it looked like Roggenbuck had the first take- down on the edge of the mat but the ref waved it off as they went off the mat. After the restart Jorden came close to getting the takedown again but slipped and gave it up. In the second period Dubblede took down and was able to extend his lead to four points with a re- versal near the end of the period. With time running out it looked like Jorden had gained a reversal but was awarded an escape at the buzzer to make the score 4-1. In the third period Roggen- buck took down and had to work hard to get a reversal to cut the lead to one in the middle of the period. He worked very hard to get a turn for the next minute but every time he would almost get it Dubblede would stop him. Then with less than ten seconds to go Jorden was able to run a half and got the two point near-fall to take the lead and win the match. The win put him in the third place match against Ethan Ator of YME. If we win this match and Do- minic Sweetman wins in the finals, Roggenbuck would still have a chance to go to state with a true second match. Roggenbuck went right after Ator and it looked like he was going to get the first takedown but slipped and fell to his back and not only gave up the take- down but also a three point near-fall. This put him behind 5-0 as the second period started. Roggenbuck took down and was able to gain an escape but gave up a second takedown almost right away. He came right back with an es- cape at the end of the period to make the score 7-2. In the third period Ator took down and stood right up. Jorden was able to counter the stand up and take Ator back to the mat. Ator stood up again and Roggenbuck took him to the mat again. This time he was called for a slam and gave up a penalty point. After another stand up by Ator and counter by Roggenbuck Ator gained the escape to go up 9-2. That is where the score would stay and our dream of wrestling in the state tournament would have to wait until next year. Jorden wrestled very well in all of his matches. He gave it everything he had in all five matches and that is all we can expect. Roggenbuck ended the year with 25 wins which is the third most in school history for a sophomore. He led the team in wins, falls, team points, take- downs, reversals, escapes, and near- falls. Senior Eli Block wrestled at 160 for Ortonville. Block started the tourna- ment against the #2 seeded Trevor Mahlum of KMS. Eli, a first year wrestler, gave us everything he had against a wrestler who has been on the mat since elementary school. Block did make it into the second period be- fore he was pinned. In the first round of the wrestle backs Eli lost to Ben Bonnema of MACCRAY/RCW by fall. I am very proud of the effort Eli gave us all year. He showed a great deal of character by making the choice to come out for wrestling as a senior. He has worked very hard for us and I know that he is going to do great things for our country in the Navy. Freshman Hayden Knip took the mat at 171 for the Trojans. After a first round bye, Knip took on second seeded Dylan Kor of Pipestone. Kor, a senior7 " entered the tournament with a 32-5' record. Hayden has not even wrestled 32 matches in his life but he went right out on the mat to compete and give us everything he had for as long as he could. Hayden was able to last almost a minute against the eventual section champion. In his second match he had to wrestle Cole Regnier of Canby. Haden gave it a shot and ended up los- ing by fall to end his season. Knip has learned a lot this year and is much bet- ter than he was at the beginning of the' year and if he keeps working and learn- ing he is going to have a chance to win some matches in the next few years. Kyle Rockensock , a freshman, competed at 189 at the section tourna- ment. In the first round Kyle had to wrestle senior Nick Jansen of Red- wood Valley. Rockensock wrestled very tight and could never get anything going and ended up losing by fall. In the first round of the wrestle backs Kyle had to wrestle Trey Cox of YME. Rockensock wrestled much better and trailed only by two going into the sec- ond period. In the second period he took down and came very close to get- ting his roll but got caught and could not get off of his back against the phys- ical YME wrestler and was pinned. Kyle has been hurt by having all of our JV matches canceled this year robbing him of a chance to improve against wrestlers his own age. He has proven that when he gets to wrestle kids his own age he is very successful. Senior Dimitri Cuneo wrestled at' HWT for the Mat Men. Cuneo started the tournament against Isaac Froehlich of KMS. After some pushing by both wrestlers they got tied up in a throw sit- uation and Froehlich was the first to take advantage of the situation and was able to end up on top and get the fall. In the first round of the wrestle backs Dimitri took on 285 pound Dan Kates of Redwood Valley. He was doing a good job of controlling things when Kates was able to get a throw and go up 5-0 at the end of the first period.. Kates took down and was able to gain a reversal. Cuneo was able to gain an : escape and took a shot at a takedown but slipped and gave up the takedown. In the third period Cuneo was down and almost gained a reversal but got caught and could not fight off of his back and gave up the fall. Cuneo's ca- reer came to an end and he is going to be missed next year. "I thought that my wrestlers did a great job in the last event of the year given the fact that all of our kids are very young and they lost all of our JV matches due to weather," said Coach Joe Eustice. "They have had to try to learn against much older kids. They have worked very hard for us and all of them have been able to show improve- ment. Some of the improvement has translated to more wins for some of them and for others being able to fight from being pinned longer. I could not be more proud of the effort I have got- ten from these young men." The Ortonville Trojan boys basket- ball team extended their winning streak to eight games with three wins in ac- tion last week. On Tuesday, Feb. 22 the Trojans traveled to Minneota to battle the 17-6 Vikings. Ortonville played a solid game and were able to come out with a 70-60 win. Ortonville shot the ball well in this game, going 20 of 37 from two point range for 54 percent and seven of 15 from the three point line for 47 percent. Minneota shot 47 percent from two point range and 60 percent from three point range. At the free throw line the Trojans were nine of 12 for 75 percent while Minneota was 12 of 18 for 67 percent. Dan Berdan had a strong game for the Trojans scoring 27 points and grab- bing 12 rebounds. Trent Kuechenmeis- ter and Shane Lindahl each added 14. Tom Rausch and Tate Messmer each had four, Jacob Meyer added three and Brandon Nelson and Austin Swanson each had two. "This was a very good road win for us beating a very good Minneota team," said Coach Jay Orvik. The Trojans then traveled to Kerk- hoven for a game against the KMS Fighting Saints on Thursday, Feb. 24. The Trojans were able to take control from the start and defeated KMS 91- 53. Lindahl led the Trojans with 27 points, followed by Berdan with 19, Kuechenmeister with 14, Meyer with 10, Swanson added six, Nelson with five, Messmer with four and Rausch, Yannic Graf and James Nitz each had two. Berdan led the team with 12 re- bounds followed by Kuechenmeister with seven. Lindahl and Kuechen- meister each had four assists and Berdan had three steals. "We shot the ball well and scored a lot of points." said Ol'vik. "However, we didn't play up to our ability defen- sively." Ortonville then finished the xeck with a home game against the ('anby Lancers last Friday. Ortonvillc and Canby are the #4 and #5 seeds in the Section 3A North Tournament which means these two teams could possibly meet on Saturday at SMSU in Marshall on Saturday if Canby can defeat ECHO Charter in their pigtail game this Thursday. The game was close in the first half, but the Trojans were able to play a strong second half and come away with a 67-54 win. Senior Dan Berdan had another strong game scoring 21 points xnith five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one blocked shot. Lindahl added 18 points with eight rebounds, thrcc as- sists and was five of five from the free throw line. Kuechenmeister netted 15 points with seven rebounds, Messmer had eight points and six rebounds, Austin Swanson had four points and nine rebounds and Brandon Nelson had one point. The Trojans were 23 of 51 from in- side the arc t\\;r 45 percent while the Lancers were 12 of 44 for 27 percent. Ortonville hit only one of 12 three pointeis on the night while Canby was eighl of 20 for 40 percent. From the flee throw line the Trojans were 18 of 27 for 67 percent while the Lancers weFc six of 14 for43 percent. "'The guys had a pretty good week of basketball," sakt Coach Orvik. "We cndcd the season on an eight-game winning streak and finished the regu- lar season at 14-9." The Trojans next action will be this Satmdav, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. at SMSU {n Marshall. The Trojans will face the winner of the Canby-ECHO Chal-ter game. A complete rundown of tile Section 3A North bracket appears elscx here in this issue. TROJAN SENIOR DAN BERDAN had one of his best weeks of basketball for the Trojans. 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