Panthers host Velva, Stanley in wrestling triangular
With a smaller team than in past years, the Rugby Panthers hosted the Velva Aggies and Stanley Blue Jays in a triangular tournament in Rugby High’s Hanneman Gym Jan. 7.
Panthers Coach Craig Zachmeier said before the start of the season he had prepared for fewer students to join the wrestling team than in past years due to COVID-19.
“The numbers are down,” he said after the Jan. 7 tournament.
Nine wrestlers competed for Rugby at the tournament. Three uncontested matches gave Stanley 18 of their 37 team points, while one forfeit gave Velva six of their 46 point total.
John Jundt, who wrestled in the 126-pound division and 152-pounder Austin Schneibel defeated wrestlers from both the Blue Jays and the Aggies.
Cole Anderson saw success in a 160-pound division match against Jonathan Germandson of Stanley. However, Anderson fell to Aggie Kelson Mascol.
“The kids have got a lot of work to do in the next six weeks,” Zachmeier said. “We’ve got the talent there, but we’ll see how they all come together.”
Zachmeier said of the Panthers’ matches so far in the season, “We didn’t do well in our first one. We wrestled well in our second (tournament). Those kids were all bigger than us. We had kids in trouble, but we’ve got to capitalize on it.”
A busy schedule awaited the Panthers after their competition at home. “We’ve got two really hard weeks,” Zachmeier noted.
The Panthers would travel to Casselton for the Central Cass Tournament, then on to Minot’s Bishop Ryan High School for another. Tournaments in Harvey Jan. 12 and Rolla Jan. 15 would follow.
Zachmeier said he hoped the tough tournament schedule would sharpen the wrestlers’ skills.
“Hopefully that will make a difference, with all those extra matches, to push through (and improve) for the next couple of weeks,” Zachmeier said.
“We’re doing a couple of practices a day and then lots of competitions and road time,” he added.
Results for the Rugby Triangular were:
Rugby vs. Velva
126 pounds: John Jundt over Shayden Schiele by fall, 3:18; 138 pounds: Gunnar Mogen (V) over Riley Odden by fall, 3:01; 145 pounds: Triton Kaercher (V) over Bailey Zachmeier , 1:58; 152 pounds: Austin Schneibel over Lucas Seibuhr (V) by fall, 1:35; 160 pounds: Kelson Mascol (V) over Cole Anderson by fall, 0:41; 170 pounds: Mason Smith (V) over Isaac Christenson in 10-0 Major Decision; 220 pounds: Gabe Lakoduk (V) over Landon Zietz by fall, 4:36; 285 pounds: Nick Hodges (V) over Cole Schneibel by fall, 3:33; 113 pounds: Carson Hildre (V) over Bryson Amyotte by fall, 1:32; Velva over Rugby, 46 – 12.
Rugby vs. Stanley
113 pounds: Cayne Rudolph (S) over Amyotte by fall, 1:59; 126 pounds: Jundt over Justin Germandson (S) by 5-1 decision; 138 pounds: Keyton Meiers (S) over Odden by 8-4 decision; 145 pounds: Dallas Bateiger (S) over Zachmeier by 9-1 major decision; Austin Schneibel over Tucker Nelson (S) by fall, 1:53; 160 pounds: Anderson over Jonathan Germandson by fall, 1:48; 170 pounds: Camden Reep (S ) over Christenson by fall, 3:09; Stanley over Rugby, 37-15
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