Scott West had three Section 2AA individual champions as Jackson Stauffacher (126), Tyler Shackle (132) and Tyler Buesgens (182) each won their respective weight brackets in Waseca on Saturday.
Those three will be joined by Parker Huss (138) and Jack Fogarty (145), who both wrestled their way back to second place finishes in their respective weight brackets.
It would be a rematch of last year’s Section 2AA 126-pound championship match in Waseca as Jackson Stauffacher went to the mat to take on Hutchinson’s Brock Luthens. Both of the wrestlers are juniors and Luthens was looking to avenge his 5-0 championship loss to Stauffacher last year. With the score tied 1-1 in the third period, Stauffacher used a head shuck to power behind Luthens for what would be the 3-2 match-winning take down.
“Luthens tried and did slow the pace of the mat action down,” states Scott West co-head coach Darren Ripley. “Jackson did a good job of keeping his composure and not getting too frustrated with this tactic, and the fact that he was also denied a couple of other really good  scoring opportunities along the edge of the mat.”
Scott West sophomore Tyler Shackle was denied an individual spot in the state tournament last year when he lost a 7-4 semifinal match to Watertown-Mayer’s Carter Entinger at 106 pounds. However, on this day in Waseca, the results would be different as Shackle won to advance to the championship round at 132, where he won a hard-fought 3-1 semifinal match over Mankato West junior Josh Block.  Shackle then dominated Hutchinson’s Tate Card in the championship match as he used three take downs and a near fall for a 10-0 win.
“Tyler wrestled a very solid tournament and had a good combination of offense and defense,” suggests Ripley. “It was a tough section tournament result for him last year, so it’s really good to see him bounce back and win the championship this year.”
Just as his teammate (Stauffacher) had done earlier in the night at 126 pounds, junior Tyler Buesgens defended his 182-pound section title that he had won a year ago. This championship win did not come easy for the Panther standout as he was pressed in a hard six-minute match by Hutchinson’s Josh Filk. Although Buesgens had a big first period throw that sent Filk to his back, it was ruled to be off the mat by the referee and the wrestling action continued with no score and that’s the way it stood after two periods.  The third period was won by Buesgens as he was the recipient of a stall call point and then iced the 4-0 win with a solid take down and ride out.
“It was good for Tyler to get a good, tough match like that before the state tournament,” cites Ripley. “You have to give the Hutchinson wrestler a lot of credit for coming to the mat and wrestling six hard minutes.”
Scott West senior Parker Huss had to take the hard route to qualify for the state tournament this year. After pinning his way through the Section 2AA championships to win the 120-pound title last year, Huss dropped a 4-0 semifinal match to Waconia’s Tim Stapleton. After the loss, Huss worked his way back through the consolation bracket, where he won a big 5-2 decision over Hutchinson’s Cody Anderson, and when Stapleton won a 7-1 championship bout over Tri-City United’s Justin Kopet, Huss was back in business with a true second wrestleback match against Kopet. Huss had beaten Kopet twice during the season and he made it three in a row as he made a solid second period take down stand up for the 3-2 win and earn his individual ticket to the state tournament.
“It was great to see Parker bounce back and wrestle well after a tough semifinals loss,” states Ripley. “You have to give the Waconia wrestler a lot of credit for wrestling a great tournament and giving that second opportunity, but Parker also had to make good on that second opportunity and he beat a couple of pretty good wrestlers in doing so.”
It would also be Scott West junior Jack Fogarty who would make good on a second opportunity as he wrestled his way back to a true second place finish after losing a 9-1 semifinal match to eventual 145-pound champion Tyler Wagener of Waconia. Fogarty, who entered the season as a leading candidate for a Scott West most improved wrestler, put some of that improvement on display as he beat New Prague’s Trevor Skogerboe 10-0 to advance to state. After securing the opening take down, Fogarty locked Wagener up and took him to his back for a three-point near-fall cradle and a 5-0 first period lead.
“Jack’s had to battle through a mid-season injury, so he has been toughing some things out,” contends Ripley.
Other Panthers placing but falling short of qualifying for state Saturday were Jacob Strack (fifth at 113), Justin Stauffacher (third at 120), Jace Demmers (sixth at 152), Jon Huss (fifth at 160), Deshawn Carter (fourth at 170), Dylan Aslakson (sixth at 195), Calvin Menke (third at 220) and Ben Alexander (sixth at heavyweight). Scott West freshman Colton Bahr competed for the Panthers at 106 and did not place in the top six of his weight class.