Wrestling: Bizarre finish lifts Ponies to victory over Henry Sibley


COON RAPIDS — An apparent narrow loss turned into a curious victory for the Stillwater wrestling team on Friday at Coon Rapids.

The Ponies (7-1 SEC, 15-17), who lost to Coon Rapids 47-14 in the nightcap, thought they lost to Henry Sibley by a point in the first dual of the evening when heavyweight Geo Humphrey pinned Stillwater’s Ryan Peltier in the first period for a 34-33 margin.

Humphrey, however, was assessed a one-point unsportsmanlike penalty for taking the straps down on his singlet before leaving the mat — an occurence that went unnoticed by the Ponies, but not the presiding official. The ruling took a point away from Henry Sibley’s team total to forge a tie with the Ponies, who then won the first tie-breaking criteria  for having the least number of points deducted. In fact, the Stillwater wrestlers were huddled together to discuss the apparent setback when they learned of the ruling and its impact out the outcome.

“I think that’s the first tie-breaker we’ve ever won,” Ponies coach Rich Keller said.

Each team won seven matches, with Haden Hausken’s pin against Kyle Rojas at 220 pounds giving the Ponies a 33-28 lead going into the final match. Stillwater also received pins from Austin Jordan at 126 pounds, Grant Wohlwend at 160 pounds and Sebastian Dingle at 182 pounds.

Christian Bahl opened the match with a 5-0 victory over Logan Smith at 106 pounds and Wayde Hall added a 3-1 victory over Jalen Thul at 120 pounds. Matt Riehle also prevailed for the Ponies with a 10-3 win over Vince Berg at 138 pounds.

Bahl, Jordan and Riehle also collected victories in the loss to Coon Rapids.

“I thought we wrestled well all night,” Keller said. “Austin didn’t really have a hard match and Dillan (Nelson) had two real tough ones against ranked kids. I thought we wrestled well against Coon Rapids. The score doesn’t really reflect it, but if you look at the scores we lost two matches in overtime and then Schertz didn’t wrestle (at 195 pounds) becuase he’s one match over, but he majored the kid he would have wrestled earlier this season.”

The Ponies can earn a share of the Suburban East Conference championship on Thursday when they travel to eighth-ranked Hastings for their conference finale.

Stillwater will also host the Section 4AA team tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16.

l Stillwater produced three placewinners out of four entries in this past weekend’s Ninth Grade Individual State Tournament at Champlin Park.

Jason Wood, who placed eighth at this tournament a year ago, advanced to the semifinals before dropping his final two matches to place fourth at 126 pounds while Ben Sweet (132 pounds) and Gavin Keogh (145) each placed seventh. Eighth-grader James Huntley did not place while competing for the Ponies at 160 pounds.

“There’s been a lot of years we’ve not had a placewinner and this year we had three,” Ponies head coach Rich Keller said.


Stillwater 34, Henry Sibley 33

106 — Christian Bahl (St) dec. Logan Smith, 5-0; 113 — Riley Groh (HS) major dec. Patrick Stokes, 16-6; 120 — Wayde Hall (St) dec. Jalen Thul, 3-1; 126 — Austin Jordan (St) pinned Terell Sann, 1:51; 132 — Alberto Ramirez (HS) pinned Dillan Nelson, 3:48; 138 — Matt Riehle (St) dec. Vince Berg, 10-3; 145 — Fawaz Rabio (HS) dec. John Huntley, 5-4; 152 — Jose Rodriguez (HS) major dec. Colin Olson, 22-11; 160 — Grant Wohlwend (St) pinned Carlos Mena, 1:33; 170 — Garett Beamon (HS) tech fall David Olson, 15-0; 182 — Sebastian Dingle (St) pinned David Beauno, 1:29; 195 — Taylor Beamon (HS) pinned Mitchell Schertz, :44; 220 — Haden Hausken (St) pinned Kyle Rojas, 1:34; 285 — Geo Humphrey (HS) pinned Ryan Peltier, 1:17.


Coon Rapids 47, Stillwater 14

106 — Christian Bahl (St) tech fall James Linville, 15-0; 113 — Jesse Westerberg (CR) tech fall Patrick Stokes, 15-0; 120 — Jarod Julkowski (CR) dec. Wayde Hall, 3-1 in OT; 126 — Austin Jordan (St) tech fall Jordan Peterson, 17-2; 132 — Cooper Anderson (CR) dec. Dillan Nelson, 10-4; 138 — Nate Julkowski (CR) pinned Andy Jordan, 4:03; 145 — Matt Riehle (St) major dec. Nick Olson, 9-0; 152 — Dakota Johnston (CR) dec. Collin Olson, 6-2; 160 — Tyler Berdahl (CR) tech fall Grant Wohlwend, 20-4; 170 — Ryan Jones (CR) dec. David Olson, 8-4 in OT; 182 — J. Chmilowsky (CR) dec. Sebastian Dingle, 4-2; 195 — Jordan Ebon (CR) won by forfeit; 220 — Shad Olson (CR) major dec. Haden Hausken, 11-1; 285 — Bailey Ratliff (CR) pinned Ryan Peltier, 1:31.