—by Peg Patterson and Todd Thorson

On Thursday, January 9th the R-S wrestlers hosted a double dual against Colfax Mingo and Saydel. It was their first meet since before the holiday break. First up for the Norse was Colfax Mingo. Leading off was Will Clark at 138, who suffered a 5-3 loss. Colton Osmundson at 145 posted an 11-1 major decision over his opponent, while Noah Bartmess at 152 pinned his opponent in 5:40. At 160 Charlie Fournier received a forfeit, and both teams were open at 170. Ryan Hadaway at 182 pinned his opponent in 3:20. Tanner Stille at 195 received a forfeit, and both teams were open at 220. Danny Dankel at 285 came out and pinned his opponent in 1:13. Zach Anderson at 106 had a hard fought victory, getting some crucial points in the last few seconds to win 6-5. Dakota Rusher at 113 easily handled his opponent, posting a 10-0 major decision. Tyson Manzer at 120 earned a 9-6 win for the team, and rounding out the match, both Will Halstead at 126 and Parker Witthuhn at 132 received forfeits. Final score was R-S 56, Colfax Mingo 3.

After watching Colfax-Mingo and Saydel wrestle, it was then time for the Norse to take on Saydel. Starting at 152, Alec Smith received a forfeit. At 160 Noah Bartmess lost a tough match 17-1. The Norse were open at 170 and 182, forfeiting both of those matches to Saydel. At 195, Ryan Hadaway pinned his opponent in 3:59. Tanner Stille at 220 was pinned in 31 seconds. Danny Dankel at 285 pinned his opponent in 23 seconds. Zach Anderson at 106 lost 10-1, while Dakota Rusher was pinned in 39 seconds. Tyson Manzer posted a pin in 1:30 at 120. Will Halstead at 126 received a forfeit for the Norse. Parker Witthuhn at 132 took his match into overtime before winning 9-4. Will Clark lost 23-8 in what turned out to be a take down match. Coming into the last match of the night the Norse trailed Saydel by just five points. This match up could win it for the Norse with a pin. But Colton Osmundson at 145 could not bring his opponent down or break free, and ended up having his opponent reverse him in the final period as he lost a hard fought match 2-0. Final score was Saydel 41, R-S 33.

"Overall, we wrestled well against both teams," said Coach Leland Schwartz. "We just fell a little short against Saydel. It was an exciting dual and Saydel led by 15 with five matches to go, before we won three straight to tie it, heading into the the final two matches. Unfortunately, our wrestlers lost both matches and Saydel won by eight. Parker (Witthuhn) wrestled very well after he bumped up a weight class against Saydel. His opponent was ranked #10 in Class 2A."

In two JV match ups on Thursday Alec Smith pinned his opponent in 2:40 and Bill Joslin pinned his opponent in 48 seconds.The JV also competed at Ogden last Saturday, Jan. 11.

At the St. Edmond tournament the Norse wrestled in five dual matches. They took two of the five, downing West Hancock-Britt 49-21 and their host St. Edmond 36-33. Two of the other three duals were close, as the Norse fell to Boone by only seven, 43-36, and then losing a heart-breaker to Prairie Valley on a criteria decision 40-39. The final match of the day was against a strong AGWSR team, as the R-S boys lost 48-15. AGWSR won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 dual record.

Parker Witthuhn led the way for the Norse, going 5-0 on the day, including two pins and two forfeits, in the 126 class. Colton Osmundson (145/152) was 4-1, including a pin and two forfeits. And Danny Dankel (285) was 4-1, including a pin and two forfeits. Treyton Witthuhn (132) went 3-1 for the day, with two pins. Tyson Manzer (120) was 2-1 with a pin. And Will Clark (138) and Tanner Stille (195) each went 3-2.

"I was very pleased overall with our effort," said Coach Schwartz. "This was the best that Colton and Parker have looked all year. Three of the five duals were within seven points, so bonus points really made a difference. The score against Prairie Valley was actually 39-39 at the end of regulation, so we had to go to the tie breaker. The eighth criteria finally decided the match, and Prairie Valley won due to having eight first points scored in matches compared to four first points scored by R-S."

Next up for the Norse wrestlers will be Thursday, Jan. 16th when they travel to Maxwell to take on CMB and South Hamilton at 6 p.m. Then on Saturday, Jan. 18th the JV will be in action at Jefferson, while the Varsity will compete at the ADM tournament in Adel.