Grafton grapplers wrestle at regional duals
Spoilers win one dual in Mayville
The Grafton Spoiler wrestling team competed in the regional dual tournament at the May-Port-CG High School last weekend.
The Spoilers went 1-2 as a team in the tournament, finishing tied for fifth place.
“The tournament went about as I expected,” co-coach Brad Larson said. “We moved our lineup around a little bit for the tournament to give us the best shot of winning and to get ready for the individual tournament.”
Hillsboro 48, Grafton 34
The Spoilers took on Hillsboro in the tournament, with the Burros coming out on top of the Spoilers.
Grafton’s wins were as follows: Noah Flores, 132 pounds, by pin over Brandin Welin; Travis Dolan, 138 pounds, by forfeit; Jose Martinez, 145 pounds, pinned Zach Iverson in 37 seconds; Josh Thompson, 152 pounds, by forfeit; and Michael Moran, 285 pounds, pinned Sam Waters in 41 seconds.
“I thought we might have a good chance of beating Hillsboro if we could get one or two upsets but unfortunately that didn’t happen. We just don’t match up with Hillsboro very well.”
Pembina County North 64,
In the second dual of the day, the Spoilers lost to a very tough Pembina County North (PCN) team, 64-18.
Grafton’s wins came from Travis Dolan at 132 pounds, by pin over Kaiden Lawrence at 1:43; Jose Martinez, 145 pounds, by pin over Jordan Abrahamson, at 3:00; and Art DeLaCruz won 170 pounds pinning his opponent 54 seconds into th match.
Grafton filled all but three weight classes in the dual.
“PCN is just a good solid team from top to bottom,” Larson said. “We had some good battles at 160 and 285 but we just didn’t finish.”
Harvey-Wells County 16
The lone dual win of the day came against Harvey-Wells County (H-WC), a dual in which the Spoilers won 57-16, largely due to forfeits.
Dalton Hannesson, Josh Thompson, Jose Martinez, Santos Reyes, Jacob Stauss and Michael Moran all won their matches against H-WC by forfeits.
Noah Flores, 126 pounds, pinned Hayden Beck at 42 seconds; Art DeLaCruz, 160 pounds, pinned John Beck at 48 seconds; and Kody Kringstad, 170 pounds, pinned Landon Littlefield at 1:05.
Grafton’s only losses in the match against H-WC came at 113 pounds, when Hector Reyes was pinned by Brad Schmitz in 1:05; at 132 pounds, when Triston Nelson was pinned by Cody DeVogt in 26 seconds; and at 145 pounds, when Wyatt Lautt won over Martinez by a 10-2 major decision.
“Harvey gives up a lot of forfeits so I expected us to win that dual,” Larson said. “Some of our kids got to wrestle kids from the region to help better seed the regional tournament but two of Harvey’s better wrestlers were out of the lineup and we would have liked to have seen them.”
Individual regions preview
The individual regional tournament will be this Saturday at Walhalla.
For individuals, Grafton has six wrestlers who have a good chance to make it to state, Larson said.
Larson predicted that Dolan will probably come in as the three seed at 132 pounds; Jaron Lunday, first or second at 138 pounds; DeLaCruz, second or third at 170 pounds; and Michael Moran, third at 285 pounds.
“Kody Kringstad and Santos Reyes will more than likely come in as the fifth seed,” Larson said. “I think Josh Thompson and Jose Martinez both could have a good tournament and make it to state as well.”
Larson said the key to success is how the day starts.