Stocked with young wrestlers, Aberdeen took their lumps, as AHS head coach Chuck Veloni noted, from Black Hills on Wednesday.
Out of 10 contested matches, the host Bobcats came away with three wins and the squad picked up more experience on the mat in the Wolves’ 44-25 victory in Evergreen 2A wrestling dual meet action at Sam Benn Gym.
Erikk Machowek (145), Jose Duran (170) and Jordon Logan (285) were match winners for the Bobcats (1-3, 1-4), who picked up two forfeits from the Wolves and gave two back to them.
“It wasn’t luck, but we got out of position and tried moves that weren’t there, specifically in our 145-pound match,” Veloni said. “Hats off to the Black Hills wrestlers. “They take advantage — and there weren’t that many chances — of mistakes and you can’t do that against good teams.”
The night started at 285, with Logan scoring the first win for the Bobcats. With a half-Nelson on Channer Reinhardt, the junior got the takedown onto Reinhardt’s back and secured the win with a pin at 1:07.
Black Hills went on a run of wins following Logan’s match, going through Aberdeen’s young wrestlers in the lower weights.
Coach Veloni singled out freshmen Conner Horton, Grant Bowley and Dakota Wright for their efforts in the lower weights.
Horton took on state veteran Mason Adams at 120 and avoided a pin in a technical fall, 18-1 at 4:00. Bowley fought Cole Rosie close for 2 1/2 periods before Rosie got a quick reversal and a 3-point near-fall for a 10-5 win at 132. Wright, a junior varsity call-up, didn’t last long against state veteran Logan Gillihan in 41 seconds at 138.
“That was a good fight for Horton tonight,” Veloni said. “Dakota went right after Adams and didn’t show any fear. In a couple of years, these freshmen will be the backbone of a resurgance. We just have to fight through the lumps right now.”
Junior Justin Berkley held control and a 13-1 lead midway through the third period at 145. Berkley then tried a move that allowed the Wolves’ Gage Keesee to escape and take Berkley down onto his back for the shock win at 5:26. Berkley, who was visibly upset at the result, was cited for unsportsmanlike conduct, which cost Aberdeen two team points for a 32-4 Black Hills lead.
Machowek ended the Wolves’ winning run by dominating Mitch Stone for a 6-0 win at 152. Duran earned the final win of the night for the hosts by not allowing Hunter Warrick much space to move for the win by pin at 3:04.
Prior to the match, Aberdeen coaches acknowledged and honored Erich Schmidtke, a 2008 Aberdeen grad who finished as a three-time state champion and a three-time NCAA Division I Nationals wrestler at University of Oklahoma. Schmidtke is now a volunteer assistant for the Bobcats.
On Saturday, Aberdeen hits the road to compete at the R.A. Long Lumberjack Classic.
Wolves 44, Bobcats 25
106 — Tanner Huchinson (BH) won by forfeit. 113 — Double forfeit. 120 — Mason Adams (BH) tech. fall Conner Horton, 18-1 (4:00). 126 — Channer Roslin (BH) won by forfeit. 132 — Cole Rosie (BH) dec. Grant Bowley, 10-5. 138 — Logan Gillihan (BH) pinned Dakota Wright, :41. 145 — Gage Keesee (BH) pinned Justin Berkley, 5:26. 152 — Erikk Machowek (A) dec. Mitch Stone, 6-0. 160 — Spencer Gurrad (BH) pinned Tavo Sanchez, 1:06. 170 — Jose Duran (A) pinned Hunter Warrick, 3:04. 182 — Ben Tupper (A) won by forfeit. 195 — Tristan Mackinder (A) won by forfeit. 220 — T.J. Borden (BH) pinned Henry Fultz, 5:41. 285 — Jordon Logan (A) pinned Channer Reinhardt, 1:07.
Aberdeen docked two team points for unsportsmanlike manner following 145 match.