Holmen gets revenge, edges Sparta 28-25

Holmen avenged Saturday’s loss to the Spartans by winning eight matches en route to a 28-25 victory over the visiting Spartans. There were numerous matches where the Spartans could have picked up extra points, but they were facing a tough Holmen team at home with the Vikings wrestling with a chip on their shoulder for teammate Ben Fiers who continues to recover from a car crash on Christmas Eve.

Each team picked up a pin, but Holmen’s pin was a momentum-swinger. With the score 2-1 in favor of Holmen, the Vikings’ Hunter Hauser shot on the whistle to start the second period and caught Chris Beeler’s knee in an awkward position. Beeler immediately hit the mat in obvious pain for a few minutes before waiving off help from coaches and officials and sporting a significant limp.  He battled through the pain to pick up a reversal before Hauser escaped and Beeler was caught in an awkward position and stuck. It was a great effort by Beeler despite what looked like a painful knee injury.

Other matches that were different from Saturday was Derek VonRuden defeating Ryan Stalsberg 4-2. Stalsberg defeated VonRuden 1-0 at Stevens Point. Dan Niccum got payback against Paul Vantassel with a 7-4 victory after Vantassel defeated Niccum 4-2 on Saturday. Dylan Winchel pounded Wyatt Anderson 17-5 after going to overtime against Anderson on Saturday. Finally, at 120 pounds Darius Wright picked up a 6-3 victory over Brock Polhamus. Wright lost 4-3 to Polhamus in Saturday’s dual.

Those were the main differences in this dual and Saturday’s dual. Holmen was also helped by the return of James Bennett at 126 pounds. On Saturday, Holmen’s Sam Schank defeated Tristan Zurfluh 6-4. Tonight, Bennett took over 126 pounds and picked up an extra team point for the Vikings with a 9-1 major decision victory.

It was a great dual that was decided in the final match of the night when the score was 25-24 in favor of the Spartans.

132  —  Derek VonRuden defeated Ryan Stalsberg (Holmen) 4-2
138  —  Dan Niccum (Holmen) defeated Paul Vantassel 7-4
145  —  Michael Murnane defeated Avery Hackett (Holmen) 17-11
152  —  Toby Mosley major decisioned Nick Frana (Holmen) 12-2
160  —  Tyler Westpfahl (Holmen) defeated Bob Ragan 8-4
170  —  Duncan McKinney (Holmen) defeated Greg Skon 9-3
182  —  Kyle Burkhalter pinned Jacob Wiemerslage (Holmen) 4:26
195  —  Joe Inglett (Holmen) defeated Daniel Dawley 4-1
220  —  Tyler Shockey (Holmen) defeated Logan Degenhardt 11-5
285  —  Hunter Hauser (Holmen) pinned Chris Beeler 2:32
106  —  Dylan Winchel major decisioned Wyatt Anderson (Holmen) 17-5
113  —  John Roddick tech falled Louis Corcoran (Holmen) 22-7
120  —  Darius Wright (Holmen) defeated Brock Polhamus 6-3
126  —  James Bennett (Holmen) major decisioned Tristan Zurfluh 9-1

Congratulations to the Vikings on winning a tough dual. The Spartans won’t have to wait long to get back at Holmen as the Vikings will be wrestling in Sparta on Saturday at the Spartan Invite. The loss drops Sparta’s record to 14-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. It was the first MVC loss for Sparta since a 25-35 loss to Tomah on February 3rd, 2009.  It was quite a run for the Spartans.

The live blog worked for awhile tonight before the cell phone connection dropped and we couldn’t update results anymore. We apologize for anyone unable to follow the action after the first few matches. We’ll have photos later and a preview for Saturday’s Spartan Invite on Friday. Congrats to both teams on wrestling hard in one of the most entertaining duals in recent memory in the MVC.

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