Scott West junior Jackson Stauffacher (getting hand raised) placed second for a second year in a row at the state Class 2A individual tournament. The above photo was taken during Thursday’s team semifinal match against Simley. Stauffacher, and his brother, Justin, a sophomore, were both named to the state Class 2A all-tournament team. Pictured at right in the photo is their dad, Jerold Stauffacher, who is co-head coach of Scott West. Jackson and Justin are both students at Belle Plaine High School. Jerold is a teacher.
Scott West junior Jackson Stauffacher (getting hand raised) placed second for a second year in a row at the state Class 2A individual tournament. The above photo was taken during Thursday’s team semifinal match against Simley. Stauffacher, and his brother, Justin, a sophomore, were both named to the state Class 2A all-tournament team. Pictured at right in the photo is their dad, Jerold Stauffacher, who is co-head coach of Scott West. Jackson and Justin are both students at Belle Plaine High School. Jerold is a teacher.
by Dan Ruud
As the late Yogi Berra said – It’s like déjà vu all over again.
For a third year in a row, the Scott West wrestling team won two of its three matches in Thursday’s Minnesota State Class 2A Team Tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. In each case, the Panthers won in the quarterfinals, lost in the semifinals and won the match for third place.
Also this past weekend, Panther junior Jackson Stauffacher duplicated his individual runner-up finish of a year ago.
Scott West, the No. 3 seed this year, defeated unseeded Totino-Grace 50-11 in the quarterfinals before losing a couple of hours later to No. 2 seed Simley 43-22. Scott West returned again a couple of hours later to defeat No. 4 seed Foley 33-24 in the match for third place (see tournament recap inside).
Kasson-Mantorville successfully defended its state Class 2A championship with a 45-18 victory over Simley.
Winning all three of their matches in the team tournament for Scott West were sophomore Justin Stauffacher, Jackson Stauffacher, senior Parker Huss and junior Tyler Buesgens, the latter of whom won each of his matches by pin fall. Justin and Jackson Stauffacher were the Panthers’ two selections to the state Class 2A all-tournament team.
Finishing 2-1 in the team tournament for the Panthers were junior Jack Fogarty, sophomore Jon Huss and sophomore Calvin Menke.
Scott West has now placed third at the state team tournament five times. The others were in 2016, 2015, 2008 and 2004. Its highest finishes were second in 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2014. The Panthers were fourth in 2000, fifth in 1996, 2003 and 2009; and sixth in 2006 and 2010. Scott West did not place its first two years in the tournament (1994 and 1995).
Individual Tourney Highlights
Three of Scott West’s five individual tournament qualifiers won both their matches on Friday to advance to Saturday morning’s semifinals. Included and their weight classes were junior Jackson Stauffacher (126), sophomore Tyler Shackle (132) and junior Tyler Buesgens (182).
Stauffacher was the only one of those three to win his semifinal match, defeating rival Brock Luthens of Hutchinson 5-1 in what was a rematch of their Section 2AA championship match the week before. Stauffacher, for a second year in a row, then dropped his state championship match to the No. 1 seed, this year being Jake Gliva of Simley by a narrow 3-2 margin. Stauffacher lost to now three-time defending state champion Tucker Sjomeling of Delano 10-3 in last year’s 126-pound championship
It was Sjomeling who defeated Shackle 7-2 in this year’s 132-pound semifinals. The Delano standout went on to win the championship Saturday evening, while Shackle ended up placing fifth.
Buesgens had won his first five matches at state (which included the team tournament) by pin fall leading up to Saturday’s 182-pound semifinals against Bobby Striggow of Orono. Buesgens, the No. 2 seed, led the match early on and the outcome was still in doubt until Striggow pulled away in the final minute for a 9-3 victory. Buesgens went on to win two matches to claim third place, improving on his fourth place finish a year ago. Striggow lost in the championship match to No. 1 seed Jared Florell of Totino-Grace 7-3.
Scott West senior Parker Huss (138) and junior Jack Fogarty (145) both lost their first-round matches. Huss battled back in the consolation rounds to place sixth (see more individual wrestling details in tournament recap inside).
State Class 2A
Team Tournament Results
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Thursday, March 2
Quarterfinals
Scott West 50, Totino-Grace 11
Simley 47, Grand Rapids 16
Kasson-M 64, Worthington 3
Foley 32, Perham 23
Consolation Semifinals
Grand Rapids 37, Totino-G 31
Perham 58, Worthington 7
Championship Semifinals
Simley 43, Scott West 22
Kasson-Mantorville 54, Foley 7
Fifth Place
Perham 60, Grand Rapids 3
Third Place
Scott West 33, Foley 24
Championship
Kasson-M 45, Simley 18
Other Class 2A Tourney Highlights
– During the individual tournament, Kasson-Mantorville senior Brady Berge received a standing ovation after defeating Collin Steuber, a junior  from Fairmont-Martin County West, 25-10 in the Class 2A 160-pound championship. Berge, who finished his senior season 45-0, acknowledged the crowd with a salute. The Penn State recruit missed an opportunity to be a five-time champion after breaking his leg in the state semifinals in 2016.
– Delano senior Tucker Sjomeling captured his third individual state championship following a 9-1 major decision over Payton Anderson, a freshman from Fairmont-Martin County West, in the Class 2A 132-pound title match. Sjomeling defeated Scott West’s Tyler Shackle 7-2 in the semifinals. It was Sjomeling who defeated Scott West’s Jackson Stauffacher in last year’s 126-pound final.
State Class 2A All-Tournament Team
106 Bennett Berge, K-M
113 Ryan Sokol, Simley
120 Justin Stauffacher, SW
126 Jackson Stauffacher SW
132 Jake Gliva, Simley
138 Keaton Schorr, K-M
145 Isaac Hamon, K-M
152 Brady Berge, K-M
160 Ethan Shea, K-M
170 Patrick Kennedy, K-M
182 Dawson Kellogg, Perham
195 Ty Moser, Perham
220 Daniel Kerkvleit, Simley
285 Mitch Trigg, Foley