Wrestling: Ponies finish seventh at Eastview

Stillwater’s Dillan Nelson rides George Farmah in a match at 126 pounds during Saturday’s Eastview Tournament, where the Ponies placed seventh out of 12 teams. (Gazette-ECM photo by Rick Orndorf)
Stillwater’s Dillan Nelson rides George Farmah in a match at 126 pounds during Saturday’s Eastview Tournament, where the Ponies placed seventh out of 12 teams. (Gazette-ECM photo by Rick Orndorf)

APPLE VALLEY — About 12 hours after sweeping Friday’s conference triangular at White Bear Lake, the Stillwater wrestling team competed in Saturday’s Eastview Tournament.

The Ponies forfeited in three weight classes and their top wrestler Austin Jordan did not compete, but Stillwater did produce six placewinners to place seventh in the team standings with 99 points. Shakopee totaled 189 points to outdistance runner-up Faribault in the 12-team individual tournament.

“The kids were tired,” Ponies coach Rich Keller said. “They needed a couple days off.”

Christian Bahl at 106 pounds and Sebastian Dingle at 182 pounds each advanced to the finals before settling for second place while Dillan Nelson and Matt Riehle each posted 3-1 records to place third at 126 and 132 pounds.

Bahl, who is ranked fifth in the Class AAA state rankings, fell to No. 2-ranked Taylor Venz of Farmington 10-2 in the finals. The Stillwater eighth-grader did not have an easy path to the finals as he prevailed 4-1 over third-ranked Josh Bryant of Coon Rapids in the semifinals.

Dingle, meanwhile, improved to 16-9 this season after pinning Mike Sampson of Chisago Lakes and Alex King of Shakopee to earn a spot in the finals, where he was pinned by Faribault’s Cole McAdam in 3:11 to finish second.

“Christian and Sebastian wrestled really well,” Keller said.

Nelson was pinned by George Farmah of Eastview in the opening round, but rebounded to win his next two matches — including a 6-4 win over ninth-ranked Brandon Peters of Faribault — and then turned the tables with a 6-4 victory over Farmah in the third-place match. Riehle fell to Tanner Hennen of Shakopee 9-3 in the semifinals before rebounding with narrow victories over Tyson Leon of Shakopee (5-4) and Tyler Broughton of Faribault (4-2) to capture third place.

“Dillan battled back and beat the kid he lost to in the first round,” Keller said. “He wrestled really well.”

Competing at 152 and 195 pounds, Stillwater’s Collin Olson and Mitchell Schertz each won two matches to place fifth. Olson defeated Kamal Hassan of Rosemount in the fifth-place match while Schertz held off Mike Beckmann of Faribault 6-5 in his final match.

“Collin Olson and Schertz from Friday and Saturday carried it on really well,” Keller said. “They’re kind of hitting a stride right now and wrestling well.”


Team standings

1. Shakopee 189; 2. Faribault 168; 3. Eastview 147; 4. Rosemount 144.5; 5. Coon Rapids 143.5; 6. Scott West 123; 7. Stillwater 99; 8. Chisago Lakes 86; 9. Wayzata 75; 10. Minnneapolis South 58; 11. Farmington 42; 12. Winona 5.

Stillwater results

106 — Christian Bahl (2-1, 2nd place): tech fall Josh Amacher (Fari) 17-1; dec. Josh Bryant (CR) 4-1; lost by major dec. to Taylor Venz (Farm) 10-2.

113 — Forfeit.

120 — Wayde Hall (2-2, DNP): pinned Connor O’Fallon (Sh) 1:11; lost to Dylan Connel (CL) 9-3; major dec. Chase Pomeroy (Win) 11-2; lost to Alex Lindstrom (Eas) 3-2.

126 — Dillan Nelson (3-1, 3rd place): pinned by George Farmah (Eas) 5:44; tech fall Connor Hagen (Ros) 16-0; dec. Brandon Peters (Fari) 6-4; dec. Farmah (Eas) 6-4.

132 — Matt Riehle (3-1, 3rd place): dec. Kwame Owusu (Ros) 6-3; lost to Tanner Hennen (Sh) 9-3; dec. Tyson Leon (Sh) 5-4; dec. Tyler Broughton (Fari) 4-2.

138 — Andy Jordan (0-2, DNP): lost to Sean Hoyt (CL) 13-8; lost by tech fall to Kiyanu Baker (CR) 18-3.

145 — Gavin Keogh (1-2, DNP): dec. Jordan Woodard (Win) 11-4; pinned by Nate Julkowski, 3:49; default to Billy Marks (Eas).

152 — Collin Olson (2-2, 5th place): lost by major dec. to Andrew Fogarty (SW) 14-0; pinned Conor Leech (MS) 3:33; lost by major dec. Anthony Munos (Eas) 10-2; major dec. Kamal Hassan (Ros) 9-0.

160 — Grant Wohlwend (1-2, DNP): pinned Roman Burridge (Ros) 3:53; pinned by Joe Virga (CL) 4:30; lost to Michael Wagner (Sh) 8-3.

170 — David Olson (1-2, DNP): pinned Kevin Brickey (Sh) 3:44; lost by tech fall to Sam Moeller (Farm) 15-0; lost by major dec. Eric Brown (CL) 17-3.

182 — Sebastian Dingle (2-1, 2nd place): pinned Mike Sampson (CL) 4:20; pinned Alex King (Sh) 1:56; pinned by Cole McAdam (Fari) 3:11.

195 — Mitchell Schertz (2-2, 5th place): lost to Ray Carter (SW) 8-1; dec. Ebon Jordan (CR) 10-8; pinned by Craig Syzmanski (Ros) :45; dec. Mike Beckmann (Fari) 6-5.

220 — Forfeit.

285 — Forfeit.