The Watertown-Mayer wrestling squad hosted Tri-City United and Delano Thursday night, the home team coming away with two victories while the Tigers couldn’t string together enough strong performances to get a win.
Watertown-Mayer 34, Tri-City United 30
Watertown-Mayer 61, Delano 15
Tri-City United might have driven a long way to take on their Section 2AA opponent, but they were ready to put up a competitive dual against the Royals. W-M eked out a win 34-30 to open the tri against another team receiving top-12 votes in Class AA, according to The Guillotine.
“It was a tough match against TCU and the guys found a way to come out on top,” coach Kurt Becker said. “It was a big section win against another ranked team.”
Even more impressive was the next match — the Royals took down conference foe Delano 61-15, holding control of the mat throughout. Senior Austin Gabbert made quick work of his opponent at 132 pounds. Eighth-grader Bryce Burkett had a nice win by decision at 145 pounds, while Jackson Drahos and Jason Fenske put up big decisions at the 182 pound and heavyweight divisions to seal the win.
It was a sign of focus for Becker’s squad to come back after a tightly-contested first matchup and go to work like nothing happened against Delano.
“I really like how our guys followed up that win with a dominating performance,” Becker said. “It was a good finish to the night. I love how our team battles every match. And if one guy doesn’t have his best night, one of his teammates steps up for him.”
W-M heads to Mankato West Friday for duals with the Scarlets and the Owatonna Huskies.
Tri-City United 48, Delano 21
TCU had the Tigers’ number most of the way in the first match. Wins for Cael Olson at 113, Aiden Quast at 132, Carson Tschudi at 152, Clete Scherer at 160 and Max Harder at 182 highlighted Delano’s performance, but it wasn’t enough as only one of those wins was more than a decision. For Delano against Watertown-Mayer, Tschudi won at 152 pounds with a very quick pin and Olson picked up another victory at 113 pounds. Otherwise, advantages were hard to come by in both duals.
“Both TCU and Watertown-Mayer have excellent teams this year,” coach Jeff Olson said. “But we need to execute better and more importantly we need to compete better than we did tonight.”
Delano heads to Annandale Friday for matches against the Cardinals and the Jordan Hubmen.