This last week was a very busy one for the Bulldogs. After some December cancellations being rescheduled, it led to a lot of wrestling for the Bulldog wrestlers.
It started on Monday in Barnesville with a JV tournament. The Bulldogs wrestled tough with Mason Christianson taking home a 1st place finish. Lanston Barry, Levi Evavold, Anthony Rousu and Kayetana Lopez-Moen all finished with a 2-1 record.
Then on Tuesday the Bulldogs hosted the United North Central Warriors and the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie Raiders. The Bulldogs came up short in both duels although the Bulldogs wrestled well.
On Thursday, the Bulldogs traveled to New York Mills for another triangular against both the Eagles of NYM and the Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds. The Bulldogs were able to pull out a victory against the Thunderbirds 43-42 as it came down to criteria. The duel actually ended 42-42, but the Bulldogs gained the extra point due to having less forfeits. The Bulldogs then wrestled the New York Mills Eagles and came up on the losing end of that duel.
Friday the Bulldog wrestling team hosted an elementary wrestling tournament in Underwood. The tournament saw about 240 entries on the night. The Bulldogs would like to thank everyone who came to help support the club. There were many people that volunteered their time to help make this tournament a success.
Finally, the Bulldogs competed in the Park Region Conference tournament on Saturday in New York Mills. The Varsity had four place winners. Mason Christianson was able to finish in 5th place at 126 pounds and Conner Nelson also finished in 5th at 145 pounds. The Bulldogs had two individuals make it to the finals, as Carson Roehl at 138 pounds and Kale Rich at 285 pounds both made their way to the championship round. Carson Roehl was seeded 4th but was able to upset the 1 seed in the semifinals. Carson then came up a bit short in the finals finishing 2nd. Kale Rich had a tough matchup in the finals as he faced the number 3 ranked ranked heavyweight in the state, Marcus Peterson of UNC. The match was tied 1-1 late in the 3rd period, when Kale took a deep shot but was unable to finish and Peterson secured the takedown to win 3-1.
The Park Region Conference also has a JV portion of the tournament and the Bulldogs had several wrestlers finish in first place including: Lanston Barry, Kayetana Lopez-Moen, Brock Resch, Levi Evavold and Xavier Lewis.
The Bulldogs will conclude their regular season schedule this week as they host Barnesville and Minnewaska in Battle Lake for Senior night this Thursday.