Iowa wins Border Battle
Monday, March 10, 2014 2:13 PM
Thanks in part to the efforts of nine local wrestlers, the Iowa squad defeated Minnesota 41-32 in the 13th annual Border Battle, held in Cresco March 7.
Nearly 500 people were in attendance for the 20 matches, which featured several close battles and two overtime bouts. Iowa now leads the series 7-6.
Two Vikings competed. At heavyweight, Austin Ashbacher (24-3 in 2013-14) battled Tyler Heim (St. Charles, 24-5). Ashbacher got a takedown early in the first. He went on to win 2-1.
Cody Ritner also competed for Iowa. With a 27-15 season record, he faced Trent Brossard of KW (31-11). Ritner fell behind in the second period and lost 9-1.
Chris Brincks (48-4) was the only South Winn wrestler to compete. He faced Nico Anderson of FCLMC (41-1). Anderson won a state title this year while Brincks earned second at his weight. Brincks scored first with a takedown. Anderson scored the reverse, then Brincks escaped to lead 3-2. Anderson got another reversal in the second, but Brincks escaped, making it 4-4. Brincks exploded in the third, getting an escape, a takedown and three nearfall points to win 10-4.
Six Trojans compete at the Border Battle. Luke Kuennen (41-5) faced Tyler Heim of St. Charles (24-5). Kuennen scored the first takedown but Heim escaped. Heim got a reverse in the second and pinned Kuennen in 2:15.
Nick Meirick (10-10) battled Campbell McClees (Mayo, 9-13). With the match tied at 2-2 after regulation, McCleese got a takedown in overtime to win 4-2.
At 18-6, Eric Buckendahl battled Ben Boynton (DE, 28-12). This match also went to overtime after both grapplers got an escape. In the first overtime, Buckendahl got a takedown to win 3-1.
Charles Hadacek (26-26) faced Jake Goeldi of Stewartville (6-10). Hadacek got a takedown in the first and a reversal in the second. He went on to win by fall in 2:13.
Riley Meirick (31-10) faced Connor Hanson (FCLMC, 31-5). Meirick was only able to get two escapes against Hanson in the 7-2 loss.
Kyle Reicks (29-5) faced Monte Holm of FCLMC (32-1). Reicks got the first takedown, before Holm went on a roll to win 14-2.