Kingsley-Pierson faces WVC foes in dual action
KINGSLEY — The Kingsley-Pierson wrestling team squared off against three Western Valley Conference foes in dual action on Monday.
The team faced off against Westwood in their first dual which went down to the wire with the Panthers losing by a close 42-36 score.
The dual started at 113 pounds where Westwood’s Jaxon Prichard pinned Evan Jagodzinske in 1:19. The Panthers battled back and took the next five weight classes. Gavin Wiig started the string of wins with a 5-0 decision over Owen Scott.
In the 126 bout, Levi Haggin fell behind early as Jeremiah Berg got a takedown and three-point near fall. Berg added another near-fall in the second period before Haggin got a reversal and near-fall of his own. He just ran out of time before competing the pin in the second period. The third period saw Berg score a takedown and near-fall before Haggin got a reversal which he this time was able to turn into a pin, claiming the match by fall in 5:09. It was his second win of the season over Berg, the first of which came by fall in the third place match at a tournament.
Carson Seuntjens and Tyler Orzechowski followed with first period wins by fall. Calvin Harvey added a 3-0 decision win over Frank Lewis.
Westwood went on to win four of the next five contests with three of those forfeit wins. The Panthers did get a 1:49 win by fall at 160 from Parker Hackett as he pinned Tanner Oleson. The contested loss came at 182 as Devin LaBrune pinned Adin Verschoor in 3:19.
Westwood added a forfeit win for Jackson DeWald at 195 as the Rebel reached 150 career wins during the event.
The Panthers got their last win at 220 as Peyton Hackett pinned Dayne Hunter in 1:52.
The Rebels were able to claim the dual with the final two weight classes. Tyler Sulsberger pinned Jesse Harvey in the heavyweight class while Jesse Burton pinned Jesse Chinn in the 106 contest.
“We definitely could have wrestled a little better that first dual, but it was good to go get West Monona, a little revenge for earlier in the year. It was a good dual, it came down to the end and we came out on top,” Wiig said.
The Panthers had lost to West Monona 49-30 in a dual earlier this season. The team was able to avenge that loss with a 44-32 victory.
“We’ve wanted this dual for a while,” Orzechowski said. “We wanted our revenge since we lost to them. We wanted this dual back. We had to wait for it and we were all just ready to put the hammer down.”
Wiig started off with a win by fall in 4:56 over Zander Riley in the 120 match.
“I felt like I could have capitalized that first match a little more, but second match felt good, went a weight class up, so I was happy with the results,” said Wiig, who won the 113 pound title at the WVC tournament.
Haggin added a late second period win by fall over Landon Hanson in a time of 3:57.
Seuntjens picked up a technical fall by a 16-0 score over Andrew Orr to give the Panthers a 17-0 start to the dual.
West Monona answered back with a win at 138 as Evan Medows won a 5-2 decision over Orzechowski. The Panthers came back with a decision win of their own as Calvin Harvey edged Jordan Orr 2-1, giving up a late escape point but holding on for the win.
K-P was open in the next two classes and the Spartans added a win by fall at 170 as Carter Struble pinned Parker Hackett late in the third period.
The Panthers responded with a win by fall late in the first period by Verschoor over Aidan Bosanek. Peyton Hackett got a forfeit win at 195.
West Monona took the top two weight classes by fall. The Panthers took the two lightest classes to clinch the dual. Jagodzinske pinned Jaxon Pittet in 3:59. Chinn pinned Quinten Riley in 5:24.
The Spartans had one point deducted for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing headgear.
The Panthers, led by co-head coaches Bill Seuntjens and Brandon Borkowski, got their biggest win over OABCIG by a 52-21 score.
Haggin began the dual with a 22-10 major decision win over Caden Spetman at 126.
“My first match went alright, second one I could have done a little better. My third one, I definitely could have done a lot better,” Haggin said. “I have wrestled these guys before, I’ve won against them. Each time it’s been close. The last one kind of got away from me a little bit. I managed to pull it back in and managed to come out with a win.”
Seuntjens followed with a 2:52 pin of Tyler Raasch. Concluding the night with three wins, Seuntjens said he was pleased with his performance.
“I think I did pretty well. I probably could have set the pace a little higher, but came out with all the wins, so that’s always good,” Seuntjens said.
Orzechowski bounced back with a late win by fall over Matthew Holbrook in a match which went back-and-forth with Orzechowski getting several takedowns and Holbrook earning several escapes before the Panther got the pin in 5:53.
“I think my first and third matches, they went well,” Orzechowski said. “My second match, I didn’t wrestle like I usually wrestle. I didn’t wrestle my match. Other than that I thought I did pretty good. I can still sharpen things up this last couple weeks before postseason.”
Calvin Harvey went uncontested at 145 while both teams were open at 152. Parker Hackett won by fall in 4:57 over Gage Leed in the 160 match.
OABCIG took 170 and 182 from Kolby and Karter Wulf. The first was a forfeit win and the second an 8-5 decision over Verschoor.
Peyton Hackett won by forfeit at 195. The Falcons took 220 as Gavin Remer pinned Jesse Harvey in 1:46.
Jacob Kraft took the 285 match by fall in a quick 18 second match over Kaleb Taylor.
OABCIG claimed the 106 match by fall as Male Beck pinned Chinn. Jagodzinske and Wiig capped off the dual with forfeit wins.
Between duals the seniors were recognized. Seuntjens, one of the seniors, was appreciative of all the fans who attended the home dual.
“I think it was pretty fun. I thought us seniors put on a good show and hopefully everyone watching had a good time,” Seuntjens said. “I think it was a great night.”
The Panthers, ranked No. 17 in the IWCOA dual team rankings, qualified for the regional dual team tournament next week.
“I think as a team we’ve progressed a lot,” Haggin said. “A lot of good skill coming up and I think all together we can do pretty good. Morale is high. Everybody is rearing to go and everybody wants to improve and cheer each other on. Everybody wants to wrestle hard.”
Kingsley-Pierson (12-4) will face No. 16 ranked West Sioux in the first dual contest with the winner then set to take on host Emmetsburg, the No. 6 ranked team in Class 1A.
“I think as a team we have a lot of confidence because everyone has confidence in themselves,” Orzechowski said. “With our confidence, where we’re at right now, we can make a run for it. We’ve just got to keep that confidence up and as a team come together and wrestle like we wrestled tonight and we’ll be just fine.”