Scott West junior Tyler Buesgens, left, who won all three of his team matches by pin fall on Thursday, won five of six matches in the individual tournament on Friday and Saturday on his way to finishing third at 182 pounds.
Scott West junior Tyler Buesgens, left, who won all three of his team matches by pin fall on Thursday, won five of six matches in the individual tournament on Friday and Saturday on his way to finishing third at 182 pounds.
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The Scott West Panthers had five wrestlers qualify in the individual tournament and they would be led by a pair of juniors as Jackson Stauffacher wrestled his way to his second straight state runner-up finish at 126, while Tyler Buesgens improved to a third place finish in his second straight tournament at 182.
“Both of these wrestlers were really shooting for individual state championships, so it becomes a little disappointing and frustrating when they lose a match and that does not happen,” states Scott West co-head coach Darren Ripley. “Jackson wrestled really good in his state championship match and ended up a point short, so it was very frustrating for him.”
It was a frustrated Hutchinson wrestler, Brock Luthens, as he would meet Stauffacher in the state semifinal match in what was a rematch from the Section 2AA championship match from a week before that was won by Stauffacher 3-2. Stauffacher left little doubt as to who the better wrestler was in this one as he beat Luthens from every position by scoring two take downs, an escape and used some good, hard third period riding to keep the Tiger wrestler in the down position for the entire period in the 5-1 win.  
The win over Luthens put  Stauffacher into the state championship finals against another familiar opponent in that of Jake Gliva of Simley. The two standout wrestlers had met in the 2014 state team championship finals when both of them were eighth-graders and wrestling at 106. Stauffacher won that match 6-4. On Saturday night in the state championship finals, Stauffacher started with a low leg attack right away that sat the Simley wrestler to the mat where he was unable to power through for the two-point take down, and while Stauffacher would set the tempo of the match, Gliva was able to sneak in one attack that he worked his way into a take down and a 2-1 first period lead. After the two wrestlers had exchanged escapes to make it a 3-2 Gliva lead in the third period, Stauffacher kept the pressure on Gliva, and with 1:09 left in the third period, the mat official warned Gliva for stalling. Stauffacher then got to the leg of Gliva in the middle of the mat and appeared to be in a good scoring position, but Gliva kick his leg out as he continued to back up and run out the clock for the 3-2 win.
“It was a really frustrating match to watch as Jackson pretty much did most of the work and the Simley wrestler got the win,” states Ripley. “There was the stall call midway through the third period and there wasn’t any change in the direction of the other wrestler, but I guess the bottom line is that Jackson needed to finish and convert on one of three really good leg attacks that he did have.”
Tyler Buesgens had another great year of wrestling as the junior wrestled his way into the state semifinals at 182. He opened the state individual tournament with a three-quarter nelson pin of Holden Law of Hibbing before winning a quarterfinal Section 2AA championship rematch with a pin over Hutchinson’s Josh Filk.
Buesgens met Orono’s Bobby Striggow in the semifinals and both of the wrestlers had placed in last year’s state bracket at 182, with Buesgens placing fourth and Striggow fifth. The match got off to a good start as Buesgens scored the opening take down with a quick low-level leg attack that gave him a 2-0 lead. However, there would be a blow to the head that forced Buesgens to call for an injury time out, and from that point forward, Buesgens did not appear to be the same wrestler. Although Buesgens scored a second period escape to take a 3-1 lead, Striggow was able to score an under hook single-leg attack to tie the match at 3-3 going into the third period. The Orono wrestler was able to win the match in the third period when he scored an escape, take down and quick near fall.
“It appeared that Tyler was in good position and ready to go as he scored that opening take down,” states Ripley.  “However, after that knock to the head, Tyler did not seem the same and you have to give Striggow some credit for wrestling a good match, particularly in the third period.”
Buesgens bounced back with a pair of hard-fought wins in the consolation bracket to place third.
Scott West 132-pounder    Tyler Shackle opened the state individual tournament in convincing fashion as he defeated the 34-2 and #4-seeded Kellen Schauer of Grand Rapids 6-1.  Shackle continued to be at the top of his game as he used a well-executed single to take the 33-5 and #5-seeded Jordan Winter to his back for a five-point move and a dominating 8-1 win that advanced him to the semifinals against Nebraska recruit Tucker Sjomeling of Delano.
Although Sjomeling scored the opening take down, a pair of Shackle escapes tied the match 2-2 going into the third period. Throughout the match, Sjomeling had fought off some really solid leg attacks by Shackle, and after scoring a third period escape to take a 3-2 lead, Sjomeling scored his second take down of the match and later scored a set of back points as he took Shackle to his back with a leg turk and a 7-2 win.
“Tyler really put three nice matches together here, which included some really solid leg attacks and good, hard riding,” explains Ripley. “It was really positive to see him go toe to toe with Sjomeling for the better part of their match.”
While Sjomeling would later go on to win his third state championship, Shackle dropped a hard-fought 6-4 consolation semifinal match to Litchfield’s Sam Tibbits. After that loss, Shackle went to the fifth place match, where he won in a walkover as South St. Paul’s Antonio Cortez had failed to make the last weigh in and was disqualified from the tournament.
Parker Huss (138) would wrestle his way to his second state tournament placing as he followed a similar wrestle back path as he had at the section championships the week before. After dropping a 5-4 opening-round match to New Ulm’s 38-1 and #3-seeded Hunter Ranweiler, Huss got the opportunity to wrestle back and he defeated Perham’s Dylan Fudge 13-6.
Huss made it back to the state placings in the Saturday morning consolation round as he used a pair of second period take downs to secure a solid 5-2 win over Wabasso-Red Rock Central’s Tyson Doubler. Following the win over Doubler, Huss was moved to the match for fifth place, where he was pinned in a third period cradle by Albert Lea’s Brody Nielson. It was then back to where the tournament had started for Huss as he faced New Ulm’s Hunter Ranweiler, who won a hard-fought 2-2 ride out overtime decision.
“It would have been nice to see Parker win his final match in a Scott West singlet and that is what he wanted to do,” states Ripley. “Parker had a really good career here at Scott West as he was a two-time state place-winner, while being a big part of our team success over the last three or four years.”
At 145 pounds, Scott West  junior Jack Fogarty nearly made a successful entrance to the mats of the state individual tournament as he wrestled a hard-fought opening round match against Kasson-Mantorville’s 34-8 and #3-seeded Isaac Haman. After a scoreless first two periods, Fogarty scored an escape to take a 1-0 lead. But Haman scored a take down with about 40 seconds left in the match to take a 2-1 lead and an eventual 4-2 match-winning take down.
Following the loss to Haman, Fogarty got an opportunity to wrestle back but dropped a 5-2 decision to Hibbing’s AJ Bethea.
“Jack had a really good year of improvement and wrestled pretty well in the sections and state tournament,” states Ripley. “Hopefully, we will see that improvement continue and he will be back with another opportunity at the state tournament next year.”
Team Tournament Match by Match Results
Quarterfinals
Scott West 50, Totino-Grace 11
106 - Jacob Hill (Scott West) over Bryce Erkenbrack (Totino-Grace) Maj 15-3
113 - Jake Svihel (Totino-Grace) over Colton Bahr (Scott West) TF 23-6
120 - Justin Stauffacher (Scott West) over Triston Zuniga (Totino-Grace) Dec 4-0
126 - Jackson Stauffacher (Scott West) over Markus Loger (Totino-Grace) Fall 1:28
132 - Tyler Shackle (Scott West) over Josh Clark (Totino-Grace) Dec 10-4
138 - Parker Huss (Scott West) over Conner Dehn (Totino-Grace) Fall 3:51
145 - Jack Fogarty (Scott West) over Michael Menth (Totino-Grace) Dec 1-0
152 - Jace Demmers (Scott West) over William Jaeger (Totino-Grace) Dec 6-3
160 - Tariq Smith (Scott West) over Jacob Ranning (Totino-Grace) Fall 3:51
170 - Jon Huss (Scott West) over Kameron White (Totino-Grace) Dec 3-1
182 - Jared Florell (Totino-Grace) over Dylan Aslakson (Scott West) Fall 1:49
195 - Tyler Buesgens (Scott West) over Nate Schutz (Totino-Grace) Fall 3:50
220 - Calvin Menke (Scott West) over Hunter Christenson (Totino-Grace) Maj 11-2
285 - Ben Alexander (Scott West) over Mitch Fox (Totino-Grace) Dec 9-4
Semifinals
Simley 43, Scott West 22
106 - Cael Berg (Simley) over Jacob Hill (Scott West) Dec 5-3
113 - Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Jacob Strack (Scott West) TF 26-8
120 - Justin Stauffacher (Scott West) over Bennett Tabor (Simley) Maj 12-3
126 - Jackson Stauffacher (Scott West) over Luis Fierro (Simley) Fall 1:07
132 - Jake Gliva (Simley) over Tyler Shackle (Scott West) TF 25-10
138 - Parker Huss (Scott West) over Quayin Short (Simley) Dec 3-2
145 - Jacob Hageman (Simley) over Jack Fogarty (Scott West) Dec 3-2
152 - Anthony Jackson (Simley) over Jace Demmers (Scott West) TF 18-3
160 - Jon Huss (Scott West) over Nolan Wanzek (Simley) Dec 8-6
170 - Blake Holzem (Simley) over Deshawn Carter (Scott West) Fall 3:01
182 - Tyler Buesgens (Scott West) over Matt Ventura (Simley) Fall 1:54
195 - Zach Moon (Simley) over Dylan Aslakson (Scott West) Maj 12-3
220 - Daniel Kerkvliet (Simley) over Calvin Menke (Scott West) Fall 0:49
285 - Luke Zaiser (Simley) over Ben Alexander (Scott West) Fall 4:50
Third Place
Scott West 33, Foley 24
106 - Nathan Garceau (Foley) over Jacob Hill (Scott West) Dec 5-0
113 - Jacob Strack (Scott West) over Dylan Young (Foley) Maj 11-1
120 - Justin Stauffacher (Scott West) over Ryan Dunlap (Foley) Dec 2-1
126 - Jackson Stauffacher (Scott West) over Cameron Kowitz (Foley) Maj 11-3
132 - John Dierkes (Foley) over Tyler Shackle (Scott West) Dec 10-8
138 - Parker Huss (Scott West) over Austin Loehrer (Foley) Fall 5:57
145 - Jack Fogarty (Scott West) over Mitch Rothfork (Foley) Dec 4-3
152 - Justin Henry (Foley) over Jace Demmers (Scott West) Dec 8-6
160 - Noah Lefebvre (Foley) over Jon Huss (Scott West) Dec 5-3
170 - DeShawn Carter (Scott West) over Simon Bryce (Foley) Dec 5-4
182 - Tyler Buesgens (Scott West) over Driston Schyma (Foley) Fall 1:55
195 - Saylor Schmit (Foley) over Dylan Aslakson (Scott West) Fall 1:42
220 - Calvin Menke (Scott West) over Tyson Gothman (Foley) Maj 11-0
285 - Mitch Trigg (Foley) over Ben Alexander (Scott West) Fall 3:21