by Eric Oslund
The Spectrum Sting wrestling team took to the mat on Tuesday, Dec. 13, for the first time since they wrestled at a tournament in Edina on Dec. 3. Tuesday also marked their first time wrestling at home during the season, as they hosted Trinity.
They ended up losing the match 17-41, but it’s hard to just look at that score and judge how they did. The Sting had to forfeit two matches against Trinity, which was an automatic 12 points going towards their opponent. They also had a couple kids wrestling higher than their weight class indicated, and in the circumstance of Wyatt Ward, a wrestler competing in his first ever match.
“He was pretty tough,” co-head coach David Cunningham said of Ward. “He’s got a jiu jitsu background, so he’s a pretty tough kid. He’s still getting used to it, things are a little different. You’re on your stomach instead of on your back when you’re fighting. He did real good.”
The Sting are also one of the youngest teams around. They have no seniors, two juniors and more seventh and eighth graders than anybody else, according to Cunningham. That much youth can also make things more difficult for the wrestlers because they are not as physically developed as some of their opponents, but it also makes the future look bright.
Even though they lost to Trinity, there were a few high points for the Sting. For instance, they were down 0-17 to start the night, but then Adam Devine came in and stopped the bleeding. He was leading 5-1 after the first period, and then pinned his opponent in the second to make the score 6-17.
Logan Schumacher followed up Devine and was also able to pin his opponent in the second period, cutting the lead to 12-17. Trinity took the next match at 138 pounds to make the score 23-12 in their favor, but then Ethan Aune took to the mat.
His took the first period 5-0, continued the dominance into the second period, leading 13-0 after four minutes, and then came away with the technical fall in the third period. That made the overall team score 17-23, but it would be the last time the Sting would score.
Keagan Wilson also had a pin at 120 pounds, but it was an exhibition match and the points did not count towards the overall team score.
“There were some high points and some things we’ve got to work on,” Cunningham said of his team’s performance. “A couple of our captains had some nice pins, a couple of the younger kids – Logan Schumacher had a nice match. We’ve got a couple young guys, Wyatt at 106, it was his first match ever and it was good. We got some work to do on the bottom, I think, but things we can learn from.”
Up next, the Sting will travel to Cass Lake and participate in the Big Bear tournament over the weekend, Dec. 16-17. There are around 50 teams participating in the tournament this year, and Cunningham is hoping a couple of his wrestlers can make it into the second day of the competition.
“Well, I guess, especially for some of our captains – our older guys – like Aune, Devine and (Conner) Sharp. They were all there last year, it’s a pretty tough tournament and there are always a couple kids ranked in state, so I’d say making it to the second day would be a good thing,” Cunningham explained. “If they did that, I think that’d be pretty awesome because of the amount of competition.”