Aquinas Wrestling opens with dual domination
The Aquinas Catholic wrestling team defeated Boone Central/Newman Grove to start off the season 50-25 on Nov.29.
138-pounder Creighton Redler got the Monarchs off to a hot start, pinning William Karmann in just 31 seconds.
145-pounder Michael Andel and 152-pounder Logan Helgoth both received forfeits which stretched the lead to 18-0 for Aquinas.
160-pounder Nolan Eller continued the Aquinas domination by recording a pinfall in 3:34.
Ben Kment, the Aquinas 170-pounder, put up a fight as long as he could, but was pinned with just 13 seconds left in the match.
No.1 ranked Joseph Reimers picked up right where he left off last year, achieving a tech fall by a score of 28-13 in 3:17 over Taylor Weber.
Nolan Schultz at 195 picked up a pinfall over Bryce Kennedy in 56 seconds to extend the lead to 35-6.
No. 2 ranked at 220-pounds, Jon Merten, proved to be too much for Aquinas’ Tad Naiberk, who lost 13-5.
Aquinas heavyweight Owen Schramm pinned Dalton Rasmussen in 3:23.
Aquinas and Boone Central then traded forfeits at 106 and 113 pounds.
120-pounder Noah Scott then defeated BCNG’s Will Grape 14-11.
Aquinas forfeited six more points at 126, and in the final varsity match of the night, Aquinas’ 132-pound wrestler, Cameron Schrad, lost a 7-6 decision to BCNG’s Tyson Haddix.
“I was really happy with our performance at Boone Central/Newman Grove on Thursday,” said head coach Roy Emory in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “The boys were really excited to finally get to face someone else and it showed in how they wrestled.
“We really got after them from the start. Boone had some really good wrestlers, and they challenged us at some weights. I was really pleased with how everyone competed. Creighton Redler and Nolan Eller both had very good performances. Owen Schramm had a big come from behind pin for us that sealed the dual.”
Aquinas was scheduled to wrestle at Bennington on Saturday in a tournament, but was unable to make it due to the weather. Emory said he hopes the Monarchs can add another tournament later in the year.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net