CONRAD For many, the rust had to be shaken off and some early nerves had to be quelled.
East Marshall/GMG freshman Nick Meling didn't seem to show signs of either.
Providing a pair of pins at 106 pounds, the Class 2A No. 8 ranked wrestler lived up to his billing in his first varsity competition, sparking the Mustangs to a pair of victories at the South Hardin-BCLUW Double Dual Thursday.
PHOTO BY TYLER STRAND
East Marshall/GMG freshman Nick Meling, top, works for a pin against AGWSR’s Eonn Springer in the South Hardin-BCLUW Double Dual at Conrad Thursday. The Class 2A No. 8 ranked Mustang earned two wins by fall at 106 pounds to help East Marshall/GMG post a pair of wins.
East Marshall/GMG opened with a 37-27 victory over the Cougars before streaking past the Storm 45-21 to start their season 2-0.
"We had some jitters in that first one," said East Marshall/GMG coach Troy Underhill. "For some of the kids it was their first time out wrestling at the varsity level, so there were some nerves. They stepped it up in the second one and wrestled very well."
Meling didn't need much time to settle in for his varsity debut. The freshman pinned AGWSR's Eonn Springer in 54 seconds and returned for a 32-second win by fall over the Storm's Orion Gunderson.
East Marshall/GMG 37,
106 Nick Meling (EM/GMG) pinned Eonn Springer, :54; 113 Austin Dolleslager (AGWSR) dec. Seth Webb, 4-2; 120 Steve Proffitt (EM/GMG) dec. Kolton Fryslie, 7-4; 126 Miguel Reyes (AGWSR) pinned Chance Faircloth, :51; 132 Zach Underhill (EM/GMG) maj dec. Dakota Schwebke, 9-0; 138 Max Upah (EM/GMG) won by forfeit; 145 Drew Schossow (EM/GMG) pinned Josh June, 1:04; 152 Brandon Johnson (AGWSR) dec. Devin Yelik, 7-6; 160 Nick Long (EM/GMG) won by forfeit; 170 Curt Roseland (EM/GMG) won by forfeit; 182 Vera Cruz (AGWSR) dec. Lane Walton, 4-1; 195 Clay Meinders (AGWSR) dec. Jaryd Young, 6-0; 220 Caleb Meinders (AGWSR) dec. Jared Bowman, 3-0; 285 Michael Young (AGWSR) won by forfeit
South Hardin-BCLUW 36
106 Orion Gunderson (AGWSR) pinned Springer, :48; 113 Dolleslager (AGWSR) won by forfeit; 120 Fryslie (AGWSR) pinned Micah Darow, 4:22; 126 Reyes (AGWSR) maj dec. Austin Willett, 9-0; 132 Schwebke (AGWSR) pinned Mitch Miller, 3:20; 138 Luke Asche (SH-BCLUW) won by forfeit; 145 Ryland DuChane (SH-BCLUW) pinned June, 3:05; 152 Johnson (AGWSR) pinned Kordell Luse, 3:19; 160 Coby Tomlinson (SH-BCLUW) won by forfeit; 170 Tyler Lutes (SH-BCLUW) won by forfeit; 182 Ben Kuhl (SH-BCLUW) pinned Cruz, 1:39; 195 Clay Meinders (AGWSR) pinned Blake Cooper, 5:41; 220 Caleb Meinders (AGWSR) pinned Austin Strachota, 1:02; 285 Young (AGWSR) pinned Nolan Emley, 1:30
East Marshall/GMG 49,
South Hardin-BCLUW 27
106 Meling (EM/GMG) pinned Gunderson, :32; 113 Webb (EM/GMG) won by forfeit; 120 Proffitt (EM/GMG) maj dec. Darow, 12-1; 126 Willett (SH-BCLUW) pinned Faircloth, 1:58; 132 Underhill (EM/GMG) pinned Miller, 3:00; 138 Upah (EM/GMG) dec. Asche, 5-3; 145 Schossow (EM/GMG) pinned DuChane, 1:41; 152 Yelik (EM/GMG) pinned Luse, 1:40; 160 Long (EM/GMG) pinned Tomlinson, 5:48; 170 Lutes (SH-BCLUW) won by forfeit; 182 Kuhl (SH-BCLUW) pinned Walton, 1:12; 195 Cooper (SH-BCLUW) dec. Young, 6-2; 220 Bowman (EM/GMG) pinned Strachota, :50; 285 Emley (SH-BCLUW) won by forfeit
"Nick's got a lot of confidence and he's going to do well (at 106)," said Underhill.
"We expect a lot of things out of him. He's a very hard worker and he's going to get everything he earns because he works really hard in the (wrestling) room."
Meling's fellow cross country teammate Drew Schossow tallied two wins by fall at 145, while Zach Underhill ranked No. 10 at 126 - had a pin and a major decision at 132. Other two-match winners for the Mustangs included Steve Proffitt (120), Max Upah (138) and Nick Long (160).
AGWSR followed up its opening defeat with a 46-36 decision over South Hardin-BCLUW. Class 1A No. 6 ranked Clay Meinders claimed both of his matches at 195, including a third period pin against fellow 2013 state qualifier Blake Cooper. Meinders, who claimed seventh at 190 in Des Moines last February, downed Cooper with 19 seconds left in the match, after earning a 6-2 lead in the first period and a 10-3 advantage after two. Meinders also posted a 6-0 decision over the Mustangs' Jaryd Young in his first match.
Miguel Reyes pieced together a pin and major decision at 126, while Austin Dolleslager (113), Brandon Johnson (152), Caleb Meinders (220) and Michael Young (285) also came away with 2-0 outings.
Ben Kuhl and Tyler Lutes led the Storm with unblemished marks at 182 and 170 respectively. Kuhl pinned his opponents in a combined 2:51, while Lutes won both of his matches by forfeit.
"We've got a long ways to go," said South Hardin-BCLUW co-coach Mike Olson. "We gave a good effort but we've got some technical issues to work onWe were getting dominated in all the tie-ups and we didn't dictate the match on our feet. We were giving away wrist control everywhere on the mat top, bottom, neutral - and trying to wrestle one-handed. We were reacting rather than attacking."
Olson was disappointed Lutes didn't get to wrestle, though that comes with the territory of being a stronger wrestler.
"It would have been nice to see Lutes in action, but he's got a little bit of a reputation and he's got to deal with that," said Olson."They didn't go out of their way to wrestle him."
Like the Storm, Underhill had several things to address with his squad for their next practice.
"We've got a lot to work on, just little stuff like hand positioning and where we're at on the mat," said coach Underhill.
"They realize know how hard we work them on getting in shape and that they can also work on that a little bit harder."
The Mustangs are still waiting on a few more guys to fill in their roster with a few members out due to injury or not making weight. Underhill said Talon Roseland will rejoin the squad at 132, which will allow Zach Underhill to move down to 126.
South Hardin/BCLUW will compete at the Gilbert Tournament Saturday at 9 a.m., while East Marshall/GMG heads to the Montezuma Tournament Saturday starting at 10 a.m. AGWSR will host Dike-New Hartford and Waterloo Columbus in a double dual next Thursday at 6:30 p.m.