On Thursday night the Norse wrestlers were in Clear Lake for a triangular against Clear Lake and Humboldt for their first meet of 2018. The Norse watched Clear Lake and Humboldt battle for the win with their meet going into the eighth criteria point to see who would win, with Clear Lake coming out on top.


After that meet the Norse faced off with Humboldt with Lucas Risdal at 126 getting pinned in 21 seconds, Nick Wakefield at 132 was pinned in 3:15, Koby Hassebrock at 138 had a major decision for the Norse with a 11-0 win over his opponent. Max Halstead at 145 lost by a tech fall in 3:04 with a score of 15-0 against Humboldt’s ninth-ranked wrestler in 2A, Rey Torres at 152 was pinned in 2:37. Liam Scheuermann at 160 pinned his opponent in 4:32 to get the only other win for the Norse as Jackson Steele at 190 was pinned in 57 seconds, Saber Cory at 195 was pinned in 3:01, Michael Schiermeister at 220 was pinned in 3:23, and Joe Hovick at 106 was pinned in 4:51. The Norse had open weights at 113, 120, 182 and 285. Final score was RS 10 - Humboldt 71.


“Thursday was a tough night as we faced two very tough teams in Humboldt and Clear Lake,” said head coach Leland Schwartz. “We only won two matches in each of those duals. Koby Hassebrock was our only wrestler to go 2-0 on the night, getting a major decision and winning a good 5-2 match.”


Up next was Clear Lake and Nick Wakefield at 132 started the Norse off and was pinned in 3:46, Koby Hassebrock at 138 was the Norse only wrestler to go 2-0 for the night as he had a 5-2 decision over the Clear Lake wrestler. Max Halstead at 145 was pinned in 39 sec., Rey Torres at 152 lost 15-5, Liam Scheuermann at 160 was pinned in 1:18, at 170 Jackson Sterle was pinned in 1:40, Saber Cory at 195 was pinned in 29 sec. Michael Schiemeister at 220 pinned his opponent in 2:56 for the only other Norse win of the night. Joe Hovick was pinned in 2:49. Open weights for the Norse were 113, 120, 126, 182 and 285. Final score was RS 9 - Clear Lake 70.


JV wrestlers got to see action that night with all of them being on the losing side for the night. Those wrestling for the night were Kim Hendrian, Caden Sporleder, Tyler Irvin, Jacob McCabe, Wyatt Origer, and Lucas Risdal.


On Saturday the Norse wrestlers travel in different directions with the JV going to Ogden for a JV tournament and the Varsity going to Fort Dodge for their tournament. At the Varsity meet the team lost to Southeast Valley then came back to beat West Hancock, AGWSR, lost to Clarke of Osceola, and beat Fort Dodge St Edmonds going 3-2 for the day. Several wrestlers went 4-1 for the day.


“Saturday we went to St. Edmond HS in Fort Dodge for a dual tournament and found a bit more success. We went 3-2 on the day and ended in a tie for second place out of the six teams,” Schwartz said.


Six of Roland-Story’s wrestlers finished with winning records. Lucas Risdal finished 3-2 and picked up his first varsity wins, including two pins. Nick Wakefield went 4-1 with two pins. Koby Hassebrock went 4-1 with two pins and one major decision. Max Halstead went 4-1 with one pin and one major decision. Rey Torres went 4-1 with one pin.


Liam Scheuermann was the only undefeated wrestler on the day, going 5-0 with two pins and a major decision. For his effort, he earned the team’s MVP award for the tournament.


The team currently sits at 4-11 in duals.


At the JV tournament CJ Tresemer finished second in his bracket, finishing in third in their baskets were Tyler Irvin, Wyatt Origer, and Jacob McCabe, and in fourth were Caden Sporleder and Jackson Sterle. Kim Hendrian competed in the Girls Tournament and finished in first in her weight class, Kim lost her first match 15-2 but came back in her next matches with a fall in 1:12 in her second one, a fall in 2:49 in her third and received a forfeit on her final match of the day.


This coming Thursday night the Norse will host Nevada with the meet being held in the Roland Middle School gym for Throwback Night. Honored guests for the night will be former RS wrestlers that wrestled in the old gym. Missing for the night will be the old spotlight that lit up the center ring of the wrestling mat and the announcers bench, these were removed when the gym was remodeled a few years ago.


“This meet starts at 6:30 and will be held in the RS Middle School gym where Norsemen wrestling first got its start. We want to pack the gym and we encourage everybody to come out and support the team as we pay tribute to the past,” Schwartz said.


This Saturday the varsity will wrestle at the ADM Tiger Invitational and the JV will wrestle at Greene County.


Tuesday, Jan. 16, is the Norse’s last home dual. That is Senior Night and will also be a Taking Down Cancer event. Part of the proceeds of that night will go directly to Bliss Cancer Center in Ames.