The Tigers opened up their dual team schedule with a win over the Benson Braves 45-28 on the strength of several big wins which included Tim Ostby's 100th career win. The win avenges a bitter loss last year just when the Tigers thought they were on the verge of a new beginning.
The Tigers started strong this year with a pin at 106 pounds by newcomer Mitch Ascheman. His fall over Ethan Lagge in 1:19 and then a fall by Travis Ostby over Trenton Abregeo at 113 gave the Tigers some much needed momentum.
However, the Braves took it back rattling off four straight wins at 120, 126, 132 and 138. Tony Domnick then grabbed it back with a pin over Sam Hanson at 145 pounds in 1:38. Then it was Tim Ostby's turn to earn a career mark of 100 wins. The pin came over Eric Staton at 1:09 in the first period. Tim has pinned all four of his opponents this year in the first period.
Benson took two close decisions at 160 and 170. Then it was Wade Ehlers's turn to seal the deal at 182. Ehlers returned to the team this year and has found some winning ways. Ehlers pinned his opponent Hugo Berthelon in 3:21 to put the Tigers ahead to stay.
Freshman Alec Gausman then edged his opponent Trevor Berreau 10-4, Joel Harrison won by forfeit, and then Zach Gibson finished the match with a pin over Tyler Jenson in 5:24.
The Tigers will now travel to West Central for their tournament on Saturday. This is a very tough tournament with some of the best teams in the area competing.
Morris Area/ Hancock/ Chokio-Alberta 45
106: Tiger Mitchell Ascheman pinned Ethan Lagge, 1:19
113: Tiger Travis Ostby pinned Trenton Abregeo 0:50
120: Grant Ascheman pinned Tiger Max Feuchtenberger 0:55
126: Joe Weber won a maj. dec. over Tiger Evan Nelson 13-2
132: Morgan Staton pinned Tiger Dillan Johnson 2:42
138: Ben Lundebrek pinned Tiger Myles Smith 5:27
145: Tiger Tony Domnick pinned Sam Hanson 1:38
152: Tiger Tim Ostby pinned Eric Staton 1:09
160: Cody Hammerschmit won a dec. over Tiger Jordan Thooft 6-2
170: Sam Carruth won a dec. over Tiger Connor Metzger 9-8
182: Tiger Wade Ehlers pinned Hugo Berthelon 3:21
195: Tiger Alex Gausman won dec. over Trevor Berreau 10-4
220: Tiger Joel Harrison won by forfeit
285: Tiger Zach Gibson pinned Tyler Jenson 5:24