The Morris Area/Hancock/ Chokio-Alberta wrestling team hosted the Breckenridge Cowboys Tuesday and with the help of six forfeits picked up a 45-32 victory.
"The victory could only be labeled a team victory, because that is exactly how the Tigers won," said assistant coach Blaine Hill.
The Tigers had a full team. Both teams had several starting wrestlers out of their line ups, but the Tigers were fortunate enough to have depth this year. The depth helped against the Cowboys as the Tigers received six forfeits.
In the eight matches actually wrestled, the Tigers were able to win only two. The Cowboys seemed to have more experience in their matchups against the Tigers.
The Tigers' Mitchell Ascheman picked up a forfeit at 106 pounds and then state ranked Conrad Kondos of the Cowboys pinned Travis Ostby in 1:23 at 113 pounds.
The Tigers then picked up three forfeits for Devin Robertson at 120, Evan Nelson at 126, and Dillan Johnson at 132.
Trent Ostby was pinned by Travis Miranowski of the Cowboys in 1:21 at 138 pounds.
Josh Stuehrenberg of the Cowboys defeated Jerid Berning 14-1 at 145 pounds.
Tiger Jordan Thooft received a forfeit at 152 pounds and teammate Tim Ostby won by fall over Michael Whitney in 32 seconds at 160 pounds.
Connor Metzger had one of the exciting matches of the night wrestling state ranked Stephen Erlandson of the Cowboys at 170 pounds. The match ended with Erlandson winning 18-8, but Metzger pressed him the whole match.
Cole Praus pinned Tiger Wade Ehlers in 3:48 at 182 pounds.
Tiger freshman Jacob Sperr made his varsity debut at 195 and lost by pin to Derek Nordick in 1:15.
The second exciting match of the night was Joel Harrison facing the Cowboy's state ranked Greg Erlandson at 220 pounds. The match was tied 2-2 going into overtime and with just seconds left in the first one-minute overtime period, Harrison scored the winning takedown.
The Tigers picked up their final forfeit at 285 pounds when senior Tyler Moser filled in for regular Zach Gibson.
The Tigers will now take a break over the holidays and then return to action Jan. 3.