WRESTLING: Schoenborn, Solum win last bouts at BHS
BEMIDJI -- The match was already in hand for the Lumberjacks when Hunter Schoenborn stepped up for the 220-pound bout, but the senior wanted to win his last match in his home gym.
Just 1 minute, 20 seconds in, he pinned Brainerd/Pillager’s Fletcher DeRosier, and the Lumberjacks took a 51-16 win at Bemidji High School after the Warriors forfeited the heavyweight bout.
“I was going out there looking for a win, pretty much, just to finish out my senior year,” Schoenborn said. “It means a lot because I’ve been wrestling in this gym since I was in second grade. I’ve kind of just came up, and it’s been a big part of my life.”
The Jacks’ other senior, Jon Solum, also won his last home matchup with a 10-6 defeat of Gabe Wagner at 132 pounds.
Both seniors are ranked in Class 3A at their respective weights – Schoenborn sixth and Solum 10th. They’re both leaders of the Bemidji squad and are eyeing the state tournament.
“They both have 100-plus career victories for our program,” BHS head coach Rance Bahr said. “They both have been wrestling varsity since eighth grade… They’ve been great for us, and we want the best for them.
“As individuals, as seniors, I expect them – as we do of all the kids – to give their best effort, and hopefully for them that means getting to the state tournament and collecting a medal, which I know is a goal for both of theirs as individuals. To both of them, it would probably mean more to get the team to the state tournament and be a part of that. I hope those are opportunities that are there for these guys, and they certainly have earned it through their work and dedication to our program.”
Other than the seniors, BHS won three other bouts and Brainerd forfeited five.
Seth Newby started the match off with a 14-10 win over Atlie Danielson, and three matchups later Joe Hudson took the 126 match, edging Denny Busby 9-8.
Nick Mutchler claimed Bemidji’s first pin at 170, finishing Isaiah Boberg off in 3 minutes, 28 seconds.
Brainerd stole a few of the middleweight matchups, but Bemidji wrestlers gained valuable varsity experience.
At 152, Jason Snidow fought through his first varsity match to a 2-0 loss to Jon Nelson. Alan Wuori also lost by just two points in the 145, while Darren Roth dropped the 120 by a 17-7 major decision and Clay Olsen was pinned in the 138.
With three section matches left this season before the Section 8-3A tournament – against St. Cloud Tech and Moorhead on Friday, Feb. 2, in Moorhead and against Little Falls on Friday, Feb. 9, in Glyndon – Bahr said the team has a good chance at the second seed behind Willmar.
“I think we’re right in there with (Tech and Little Falls), and if we show up and wrestle to our abilities, we should find ourselves in a good situation come section time.”
Bemidji 51, Brainerd 16
106: Seth Newby (BEMI) over Atlie Danielson (BRAI) (Dec 15-8) 113: Brecken Wilcoxen (BEMI) over (BRAI) (For.) 120: Chad Orsburn (BRAI) over Darren Roth (BEMI) (MD 17-7) 126: Joe Hudson (BEMI) over Denny Busbey (BRAI) (Dec 11-6) 132: Jon Solum (BEMI) over Gabe Wagner (BRAI) (Dec 12-6) 138: Kyle Patnode (BRAI) over Clay Olsen (BEMI) (Fall 1:23) 145: Brad Patnode (BRAI) over Alan Wuori (BEMI) (Dec 6-4) 152: John Nelson (BRAI) over Jason Snidow (BEMI) (Dec 2-0) 160: Chance Hinrichs (BEMI) over (BRAI) (For.) 170: Nicholas Mutchler (BEMI) over Isaiah Boberg (BRAI) (Fall 3:28) 182: Nic Geiger (BEMI) over (BRAI) (For.) 195: Peter Moen (BEMI) over (BRAI) (For.) 220: Hunter Schoenborn (BEMI) over Fletcher DeRosier (BRAI) (Fall 1:25) 285: Kaleb Beam (BEMI) over (BRAI) (For.)