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Wrestlers comeback at Wabasso

Alec Bueltel was one of the anchors for Minneota all day on Saturday. He had two pins and a nice decision of Nick Altermatt of Wabasso-Red Rock Central, 4.3 Here he was pinning Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Sam Nordquist. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

It looked dismal for Minneota after they lost 37-31 to Sibley East in the opening round at the Wabasso Duals on Saturday.
But the Vikings came back with a convincing win over host Wabasso-Red Rock Central, 41-21; then beat Zumbrota-Mazzeppa 37-26.
The state's No. 1-ranked heavyweight, Minneota's TJ Esping, won all three matches, 1-0; on a pin and 6-1.
And 170-pounder Alec Bueltel also took all three matches, two on pins and one by defeating a tough Nick Altermatt of Wabasso-RCC, 4-3.  read entire story. . . .

No. 1 Esping goes 3-0

TJ Esping (right) battled Sam Nordquist of Zumbrota-Mazzeppa and won, 6-1. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

Minneota's heavyweight, junior TJ Esping, ranked No. 1 in Class A all year, took three matches, one 1-0; then one on a pin and the final match 6-1 during the Vikings two of three wins at Wabasso on Saturday. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Viking wrestlers sweep triangular

the Minneota Wrestling Team beat Redwood Valley, 5-19 and Fulda/MCC 72-4 in a triangular in Redwood Falls on Friday.
They are in Wabasso for a team tournament on Saturday.
Here are the results:  read entire story. . . .

Viking girls turn back Lac qui Parle Valley

Minneota's girls turned back Lac qui Parle Valley Friday night, 60-46 to drive their record to 9-3 on the year.
Lydia Sussner scored 23 points with 15 rebounds for the Vikings.
Charlie Josephson hit for 16 points as the Vikings turned back the best team in the Camden North.
They canned seven, three-pointers with Abby Hennen, Heidi Guttormsson and Beth Hennen addeding to the four, three-pointers Josephson sank.  read entire story. . . .

Sussner leads the way over Blackjacks

Sydney Larson went to the floor to grabble for the ball. She seemed pleased to see teammate Amber Engels pick up the ball and head for two points — which she got. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor

Coach Chad Johnston liked the way his Vikings were delivering the ball to their center in the first half.
Lydia Sussner responded with 19 first half points and with a 35-22 lead over Dawson-Boyd — and all was well.
“Sure I would like to see more balanced scoring. But it’s a strength to go to the person constantly getting it done,” the coach said.
Then in the second half — the pipeline to Lydia dried up, “We kept throwing up threes (to no avail)” said Coach Johnston.
Minneota began to throw the ball away like they had a mission to “mis-fire” and a stubborn Dawson-Boyd defense got the Blackjacks back in the game.
Minneota did hold on to win, 59-50.  read entire story. . . .

Eye on the referee, hand on the ball / SCORES

Minneota's Morgan Hennen looked to the referee to decide if the ball would go to Minneota after she tied it up with an opponent. Minneota defeated Dawson-Boyd, 59-50. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Grimace!  /  Boxscore

Minneota's Morgan Hennen looked to the referee to decide if the ball would go to Minneota after she tied it up with an opponent. Minneota defeated Dawson-Boyd, 59-50. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings wrestlers top Quad County

Blake Nelson pinned Bryce Schmidt in 2:50 for the Vikings. Special photo by Brian Jeremiason.

Minneota 60, Quad County 15
Minneota had no trouble with Quad County in the first match of the triangular
They beat the four-county team, 60-15.
Comprised of towns Granite Falls, Renville, Sacred Heart, Danube, Clara City, Raymond and Maynard, the team brings in players from four counties (Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Kandiyohi and Renville) — thus the name, Quad County.  read entire story. . . .

Pipestone holds on to beat Vikings

Everett Van Hecke beat Jamison Vanderwall, 7-5. Photo by Brian Jeremiason.By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

With two of their key wrestlers nursing injuries, the Minneota Vikings tried to piece together a lineup to take on Pipestone Area in a key match between section rivals.  read entire story. . . .

VIKING BOYS UPSET DAWSON-BOYD

Isaac Hennen celebrated the victory. Photo by Brian Jeremiason.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

“There was a lot of adrenaline pumping,” said Thomas Hennen as Minneota held on in the final frantic moments on Friday night and upset Dawson-Boyd (6-2) 64-62.
“It was a good win anytime you beat Dawson,” smiled Coach Dave Busselman.  read entire story. . . .

Wrestlers launch tribute for Herigon

While wrestling was the business at hand, it was also a night to remember a friend who always had a smile and a helping hand for Minneota Vikings.
The wrestlers were sporting their new shirts honoring the memory of Bret Herigon, who passed away at the age of 42 on Christmas eve after a long battle with cancer.
“Bret Herigon Strong t-shirts are being sold with all of the money to be given to the Herigon Family,” said Minneota Athletic Director Matt Myrvik.  read entire story. . . .

TENSE TIME / Boxscore

Note the expressions on the fans faces as they watched to see if Minneota would hang on to beat Dawson Boyd. They did, 64-62. See the expressions on their faces after the win in the background of the photo with an exhuberant Isaac Hennen. Photo by Brian Jeremiason.  read entire story. . . .

Adrian clips Viking boys, 70-58

Logan Sussner tried to control the ball during the Adrian game. Photo for The Mascot by Brian Jeremiason.

he hope was to keep the upset Friday working for the Minneota boys going into Monday’s game.
But instead, they allowed Adrian to shoot 23 of 30 free throws and that sank the Vikings, 70-58.
Minneota had a rough start, falling behind 16-2 and trailing 40-21 at the half.  read entire story. . . .

Bubbling Under Stories: 2016 Sports Year in Review

BUBBLING UNDER the Top 10 stories from last week were:
•Bryce Bruner took third place at the Rumble on the Red wrestling tournament at the FargoDome in Fargo, N.D.
•Coach Chad Johnston was named the 2015 Coach of the Year for his 2015 Class A State Championship run.
•The Minneota Viking wrestling team won its way back into the state tournament in 2016. To do it they defeated Adrian, 30-26.
The win came on a win by Everett VanHecke at 195 pounds.
However, Minneota won it’s first game at state, then fell flat, losing twice and ending up in fourth place.
Their chance for a back-to-back state title was not realized.
Ten individuals qualified for the state tournament. They were: Brant Buysse, Avery VanOverbeke, Austin DeVlaeminck, Eric Hauswedell, Kyle Hennen, Bryce Bruner, Leo Buysse, Alec Bueltel, VanHecke and T.J. Esping.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings subdue Lac qui Parle Valley

Jacob Hennen guarded the Eagles top scorer, Isaac Gerdes, who scored 22 points. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

"It was an ugly 57 points," said Coach Dave Busselman.
Minneota's boys took a 57-46 win from Lac qui Parle Valley Thursday night and the coach added, "We mumbled our way through it."
The Vikings and Eagles played close most of the way, yet it seemed as though the outcome was inevitable.
Minneota's freshman rebound leader Logan Sussner did it again, grabbing 12 off the boards with 16 points.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota's wrestling shrine

During the 50th Anniversary of Wrestling in Minneota, a new mat graces the gymnasium as wrestlers are highlighted under the lights during matches. Photo for The Mascot by Brian Jeremiason.  read entire story. . . .

D-E-F-E-N-S-E / Camden scores

Moving in to defend a shot by Dawson-Boyd's Eli Weber was Minneota's Thomas Hennen. Isaac Hennen is in the background. Photo by Brian Jeremiason.  read entire story. . . .

Great second half propels Viking girls

Charlie Josephson went high for the ball against Edgerton. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Coach Chad Johnston liked the way his Vikings were delivering the ball to their center in the first half.
Lydia Sussner responded with 19 first half points and with a 35-22 lead over Dawson-Boyd — and all was well.
“Sure I would like to see more balanced scoring. But it’s a strength to go to the person constantly getting it done,” the coach said.
Then in the second half — the pipeline to Lydia dried up, “We kept throwing up threes (to no avail),” said Coach Johnston.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: Hennen, Laleman Award nominees

Two Minneota Scholar-Athletes have been nominated for the Minnesota State High School League’s, Triple “A” award.
They are Beth Hennen and Mark Laleman.
The “Academics, Arts and Athletics Award” will be given to one boy and one girl in the state by the Minnesota State High School League.
The program is sponsored by Triple A and Fairview Hospital.
The purpose of program is to recognize and honor high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the fine arts.  read entire story. . . .