Sparta improved to 7-0 on the year with a victory over La Crescent and another win over a quality Caledonia team. The Spartans had never met Caledonia in a dual and were 0-3 all-time against La Crescent. That all changed with Sparta’s 39-31 victory over Minnesota Class A honorable mention Caledonia and a 59-13 victory over La Crescent.
The match with Caledonia was probably not as close as the score indicated. Brett Von Ruden was disqualified for a questionable slam in a match he was likely to win, which would have been at least a nine-point swing. Mathias Krein stepped in for his brother Hayden as he continued to recover from an injury and picked up six points for the Spartans with a first period pin.
All in all, the Spartans won seven matches against Caledonia–all via pin, technical fall, major decision or forfeit to ensure the victory. Caledonia brought some tough wrestlers to the competition. At 132 pounds, Minnesota Class A 3rd-ranked Kyle Cavanaugh picked up a 9-1 major decision victory over Kyle Erickson and at 138 pounds 3rd-ranked (145) Zach Schneider defeated David Hayes 7-2.
It was a solid victory for the Spartans even though they had an incomplete team and some questionable calls go against them.
The other dual of the night against La Crescent was a little smoother sailing. Sparta improved to 1-3 all-time against La Crescent by winning 11 of 14 matches including four by pin and four by forfeit.
Vince Polhamus moved up a weight class to 113 to earn a first period pin for the Spartans while Joe Lopez stepped in at 152 pounds to register a first period pin. Also earning pins for the Spartans were Jaden Winchel and Matt Fahning.
Match-by-match results from each dual are below…
Sparta vs. La Crescent
106 – Blake Brooks defeated Bryce Duffy (La Crescent) 3-2
113 – Vince Polhamus pinned Jordan Jonsgaard (La Crescent) in 1:08
120 – Jon Bailey won by forfeit
126 – Andy Lopez (La Crescent) pinned Thomas Treu in 0:56
132 – Pedro Lopez (La Crescent) defeated Kyle Erickson 14-4
138 – David Hayes won by major decision over Dylan Worrel (La Crescent) 14-4
145 – Jaden Winchel pinned Ty Mallicoat (La Crescent) in 1:00
152 – Joe Lopez pinned Dylan Schultz (La Crescent) in 1:25
160 – Mathias Krein won by major decision over Colton Jorgenson (La Crescent) 13-0
170 – Matt Fahning pinned Clayton Jorgenson (La Crescent) in 1:11
182 – Zach Bolyard (La Crescent) defeated James Gann 5-1
195 – Austin Zwiefel won by forfeit
220 – Garet Pfaff won by forfeit
285 – Noah Benish won by forfeit
FINAL: Sparta 59 – La Crescent 13
Sparta vs Caledonia-Houston
106 – Vince Polhamus pinned Jacob Cripps (Caledonia-Houston) in 5:52
113 – Trever Vick (Caledonia-Houston) defeated Blake Brooks 8-5
120 – Jon Bailey won by technical fall over Caiden Olson (Caledonia-Houston) 16-0
126 – Aaron Francis (Caledonia-Houston) defeated Thomas Treu 10-5
132 – Kyle Cavanaugh (Caledonia-Houston) defeated Kyle Erickson 9-1
138 – Zach Schneider (Caledonia-Houston) defeated David Hayes 7-2
145 – Jaden Winchel won by forfeit
152 – Jack Strub (Caledonia-Houston) won by DQ over Brett Von Ruden
160 – Mathias Krein pinned Payton Schott (Caledonia-Houston) in 1:28
170 – Matt Fahning won by major decision over Spencer Stemper (Caledonia-Houston) 13-3
182 – Austin Werner (Caledonia-Houston) pinned James Gann in 0:38
195 – Austin Zwiefel pinned Zach Brueggen (Caledonia-Houston) in 3:59
220 – Garet Pfaff pinned Tanner Krage (Caledonia-Houston) in 1:00
285 – Alec Francis (Caledonia-Houston) won by forfeit
FINAL: Sparta 39 – Caledonia-Houston 31
With the win, the Spartans are now 7-0 on the year, which matches last year’s win total. Sparta still has to wrestle Onalaska on January 31st and Holmen on February 2nd. It’s a busy week ahead for the Spartans as they approach tournament season.