—by Peg Patterson

The Roland-Story wrestling season has begun. The Norse wrestlers opened their season at Gilbert in a double dual last Thursday night (Dec. 5). First dual action was against Gilbert, which went down to the last match before a winner was decided. In the next dual meet the Norsemen triumphed over Perry.

In the meet against Gilbert, winners for the Norse were: Colton Osmundson at 152, with a pin in 4:07; Noah Bartmess at 160, also with a pin in 2:15; Ryan Hadaway at 182, who won over his opponent 10-7; Heavyweight Danny Dankel won by forfeit; Tyson Manzer at 120 had the fastest fall for the Norse in 39 seconds; and Parker Witthuhn at 126 won by a fall in 3:06. Also wrestling for the Norse were Will Clark at 138, who lost 16-0 to Wyatt Rhoads; Bill Joslin at 145 lost 8-1; Tanner Stille at 220 was pinned in 1:03; Zach Anderson at 106 lost 12-4; Kameron Turnbill lost 8-4 at 113; and Treyton Witthuhn at 132 was involved in the deciding match, as the two teams went into the final match tied. Treyton was up 5-2 when he unfortunately was caught in a hold, which eventually led to him getting pinned in 3:09. Final score was Gilbert 39, RS 33.

Gilbert took the early lead, winning at 138 and 145. The Norse got on the board with two consecutive pins by Osmundson and Bartmess to take the lead 12-8. After forfeiting the 170 pound class, Gilbert regained the lead 14-12. Ryan Hadaway gave the Norse the lead back with a hard fought win at 182. The Tigers then proceeded to win four of the next five matches, giving them a 12 point lead with three matches left. Tyson Manzer and Parker Witthuhn then tied the meet up with consecutive pins to knot the score at 33-33. In the 132 match, Treyton Witthuhn wrestled a close match with Stephen Moore and each wrestler had chances to win the match. But in the end, Moore won the match with a second period fall, giving the Tigers the 39-33 victory.

Next up for the Norse was Perry in a non conference meet. Winners for the Norse in this meet were: Noah Bartmess at 160, who trailed 9-4 going to the third period, before taking control of his opponent in a surprise move and then pinning him in 4:35; at 182 Ryan Hadaway pinned his opponent in 1:51; Tanner Stille at 220 pinned his opponent just as time ran out in the first two minutes; Danny Dankel at 285 pinned his opponent in 47 seconds; Zach Anderson at 106 pinned his opponent in 3:40; Tyson Manzer had a pin in 2:38 at 120; and Parker Witthuhn at 126 pinned his opponent in 1:19. At 145 Bill Joslin was pinned in 1:40; Colton Osmundson at 152 was pinned in 1:23; Kameron Turnbill at 113 was pinned in 18 seconds; Treyton Witthuhn at 132 was pinned in 3:03; and Will Clark at 138 lost 7-2. Final score for the match was RS 42 - Perry 39.

"This match was just exciting as the first," said Coach Leland Schwartz, "with both teams trading blows throughout the entire dual, and the outcome wasn’t decided until the final match (in this one as well). Once again we forfeited 170 and 195, but we made up for it with seven pins."

The Norse led 42-36 going into the final 138 lb. match against Perry. If Perry could get the pin they would tie the meet at 42, and win by criteria. Fortunately for the Norsemen, Will Clark was up to the task. Although he lost 7-2, it was enough to hold off the Bluejays and give the Norse the victory.

The Norse looked good, giving up only one weight class for the night at 170. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks they will have all of their weight classes filled. Also getting in on some action Thursday night were several JV wrestlers: Will Halstead had three matches, coming away with a pin and was also pinned twice; Brandon Greenhaw had three wins for the night, including two pins and an 11-2 victory; and Alec Smith also had three wins, all by pins.

On Saturday the Norse traveled to Woodward were they competed in the Woodward Granger Tournament, where they came away with the team championship!

Next up for the Norse will be this Thursday night when they travel to Greene Country, and on Friday the JV team will travel to Saydel for a JV tournament. On Saturday the Varsity squad will travel to Saydel for the Varsity tournament. Their first home meet will be the 19th of December when they will host Nevada and PCM On the 20th they will host the JV Norsemen tournament and on the 21st will be the Jim Kinyon Norsemen Invitational Tournament.