Vikings win 2; Gruenes earns 100th
Jonah Gruenes recorded the 100th win of his career with a major decision against Pipestone Area, then notched his 101st career win with a first-period pin against Windom-Mountain Lake to help Minneota pick up two more wins on Thursday.
Gruenes is ranked No. 3 at 152 pounds by The Guillotine wrestling publication. He topped Rogen Smidt of Pipestone Area 18-4 at 160 pounds in his first match, and then pinned Montgomery Bjorklund of Windom-Mt. Lake in 1:15 at 152 pounds in the other match.
The Vikings (16-4), ranked No. 9 in Class A, have now won six matches in a row and 11 of their last 12.
In the Vikings' win against Pipestone Area, Destin Fier, ranked 6th at 106 pounds. earned a 9-6 decision over 10th-ranked Brayden Burmeister. Eric Carrasco, rated 9th at 126 pounds, moved down to 120 to win by major decision to give Minneota a 7-4 lead.
Pipestone Area then won the next three matches by major decision to grab a 16-7 lead. But Minneota won the remaining eight matches tp earn the lopsided win. In that stretch, Hudson Scholten and Jayden Gamrak won by falls, Jonah Gruenes got his major decision, Alex DePestel and Conner Sik won by decision, and Noah Gorecki, Zack Fier and Jackson Esping all won by forfeit.
Against Windom-Mt. Lake, the highlight was the 145-pound match with Minneota's Zack Fier taking on Kade Sammons, who is ranked No. 1 at 138 pounds. Fier fought hard the entire match and nearly pulled out the win, but fell 6-5.
Minneota got pins in that match from Destin Fier, Brock Fier, Jonah Gruenes and DePestel. Troy Van Keulen and Carrasco each won by technical fall. Peyton Gillund and Esping earned decision, while Scholten and Gamrak each won by forfeit.
Minneota 47, Pipestone Area 16
106 - Destin Fier, Min, dec Brayden Burmeister 9-6
113 - Hudson Burnett, PA, majdec Peyton Gillund 12-3
120 - Eric Carrasco, Min, majdec JJ Martens 11-0
126 - Nate Bobendrier, PA, majdec Troy Van Keulen 10-0
132 - Davis Budden, PA, majdec Brock Fier 11-2
138 - Karter Wixon, PA, majdec Eli Gruenes 15-5
145 - Noah Gorecki, Min, won by forfeit
152 - Zack Fier, Min, won by forfeit
160 - Jonah Gruenes, Min, majdec Rogen Smidt 18-4
170 - Alex DePestel, Min, dec Jackson Melcher 4-2
182 - Conner Sik, Min, dec Allen Tubbs 10-6
195 - Hudson Scholten, Min, pin Aiden Voss 1:01
220 - Jackson Esping, Min, won by forfeit
285 - Jayden Gamrak, Min, pin Jayden Hoss 1:16
Minneota 52, Windom-Mt. Lake 17
106 - Destin Fier, Min, pin Jared Hunter 3:32
113 - Peyton Gillund, Min, dec Thavien Xayachak 9-2
120 - Troy Van Keulen, Min, techfall Noah Holmberg 15-0
126 - Eric Carrasco, Min, techfall Tucker Renquist 20-3
132 - Brock Fier, Min, pin Eagan Maras :39
138 - Caden Swoboda, WML, techfall Eli Gruenes 16-1
145 - Kade Sammons, WML, dec Zack Fier 6-5
152 - Jonah Gruenes, Min, pin Montgomery Bjorklund 1:15
160 - Trenton Renquist, WNL, dec Branden Johnson 12-8
170 - Alex DePestel, Min, pin Matthew Ekstrom 3:17
182 - Micah Holmberg, WML, pin Conner Sik 3:16
195 - Hudson Scholten, Min, won by forfeit
220: Jackson Esping, Min, dec Alex Altmann 3-1
285 - Jayden Gamrak, Min, won by forfeit