Sparta improved to 5-0 in the MVC and clinched a share of the conference title by defeating Central 51-22 Thursday evening in La Crosse. It was the first time since the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons that the Spartans have at least clinched a share of the MVC title in back-to-back seasons. If they beat Tomah on February 10th, it will be the first time Sparta has won two consecutive titles outright.
As expected, Central forfeited six matches. I’m not sure why they did this considering they had guys who seemed to fit into those weight classes wrestling on JV, but in any case, the forfeits were the difference in this match. In actual matches wrestled, Central went 5-3 on the night beating the Spartans 22-15.
Here are match-by-mach results from Thursday evening’s dual…
119 — Bryce Nowaczyk won by forfeit
125 — Derek VonRuden won by forfeit
130 — Nick Winchel decisioned Dylan Weigel (Central) 11-6
135 — Cal Thornton (Central) pinned Zach Denton 1:42
140 — Michael Keilen (Central) major decisioned Michael Murnane 10-1
145 — Toby Mosley won by forfeit
152 — Morgan Leis won by forfeit
160 — Addison Lucey (Central) major decisioned Xavier Lopez 11-2
171 — Kyle Burkhalter pinned Kirk Valentine (Central) 2:58
189 — Ben Schaitel won by forfeit
215 — Tom Tourdot won by forfeit
285 — Chris Beeler pinned Thor Kolkind (Central) 0:56
103 — Ben Thornton (Central) tech falled Dylan Winchel 18-0
112 — Blade Spindler (Central) decisioned Tristan Zurfluh 8-6
With the win, the Spartans improve to 5-0 in the MVC and 13-2 overall. Tomorrow they travel to Rochester for the Rochester Invitational. Last year, Sparta won the team title in Rochester by 49.5 points over Eagan. Matt Tourdot was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament.
One more big dual awaits the Spartans and that is against Tomah on February 10th. Should the Spartans beat Tomah at home, they will clinch the MVC title outright. We’ll have more on that as the date gets closer.
Congrats Spartans on your 2010-11 MVC championship!