Building experience: Packer wrestlers drop three at home

Published 10:06 pm Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Austin wrestling team was able to get in a lot of matches and build up some experience as it lost all three matches of a home quadrangular in Ove Berven Gym Thursday.

The Packers lost to Winona 44-16, they fell to Caledonia 60-15 and they lost to Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Southland 75-6.

“We’re still working on JV and we have a whole pile of guys stacked up at the 132 to the 152 pound weight classes,” Austin head coach Jacob Nelson said. “The guys that are going out there and working hard and they have a lot of heart this year. They can be down on the team score, but they’re excited about getting individual victories and kids getting their first JV victories. The camaraderie of the team is really high.”

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Adam Vlasaty, a junior, helped salvage something out of Austin’s match against GMLOS as he recorded an early take down and pinned Aaron Mork at 220 pounds. Vlasaty’s win was the lone one for the Packers against the Bulldogs, who feature a tough lineup.

“It’s nice to get our guys going and see what they can do,” Vlasaty said. “There were some state-ranked wrestlers on the other team who showed up and did what they needed to do. Our inexperienced wrestlers just need to figure out a way to move on and build from there. If we work hard, we’ll get there in one day.”

Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Southland’s Noah Sayles gains control at 182 in a match against Winona Thursday night in Ove Berven Gym. Eric Johnson/

Vlasaty was one win from the state tournament last season at 285-pounds and he went 2-1 for the Packers on Thursday.

“I’m just kind of getting back on the saddle,” Vlasty said. “I’m getting back out there and doing a job.”

Nelson said Vlasaty could make some strides on the mat this winter.

“Adam needs to keep working hard in the room. I could tell his stamina was a little down,” Nelson said. “We need to be able to wrestle for three periods and he’s coming down from 285, so it’s a different dynamic at 220 that he’s still adjusting to a little bit. Once he figures that out, he’s going to be really good this year.”

Austin’s Brenan Winkels tries to get control over Caledonia’s Ayden Goetzinger Thursday night in Ove Berven Gym. Eric Johnson/

Winona 44, Austin 16

106: double forfeit

113: Evan Maurud (W) 15-2 maj. dec. over Anthony Valencia (A)

120: double forfeit

126: Brenin Speltz (W) won by forfeit

132: Evaan Fabian (W) 12-8 dec. over Lathan Wilson (A)

138: Ryan Henningson (W) pinned Sam Oehlfke (A) (1:57)

145: Tommy Fritz (A) won by forfeit

152: Isaac Allred (W) pinned Brenan Winkels (A) (3:11)

160: double forfeit

170: Mark Tamke (A) 12-1 maj. dec. over Camryn Sense (W)

182: Matt Satka (W) won by forfeit

195: Lane Thorn (W) won by forfeit

220: Adam Vlasaty (A) pinned Shawn Mugo (W) (1:29)

285: Zander Rusert (W) pinned Luis Neito Vasquez (A) (0:58)

Austin’s Sam Oelfke tries to flip Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Southland’s Lucas Winfield at 138 Thursday night in Ove Berven Gym. Eric Johnson/

Caledonia 60, Austin 15

106: Owen Denstad (C) won by forfeit

113: Simon Seymour (C) pinned Anthony Valencia (A) (3:03

120: Brandon Ross (C) won by forfeit

126: Tucker Ginther (C) won by forfeit

132: Lathan Wilson (A) 6-5 dec. over Isaac Blocker (C)

138: Sam Oehlfke (A) pinned Kameron Morgan (C) (2:00)

145: Tommy Fritz (A) pinned Eric Mauss (C) (2:41)

152: Ayden Goetzinger (C) 10-4 dec. over Brenan Winkels (A)

160: Isaac Denstad (C) pinned Mark Tamke (A) (0:33)

170: Jack Strub (C) won by forfeit

182: Dalen Lembke (C) won by forfeit

195: Jad Kasten (C) won by forfeit

220: Owen Blocker (C) def. Adam Vlasaty (A) 6-3

285: Alec Francis (C) pinned (A) Luis Nieto Vasquez (:41)

GMLOS 75, Austin 6

106: Braxton Wiste (GMLOS) won by forfeit

113: Anthony Romero (GMLOS) pinned Anthony Valencia (A) (:38)

120: Cohen Wiste (GMLOS) won by forfeit

126: James Jacobsen (GMLOS) won by forfeit

132: Wes Saltou (GMLOS) won by fofeit

138: Lucas Winfield (GMLOS) 13-1 maj. dec. Sam Oehlfke (A)  

145: Corbin Ludemann (GMLOS) pinned Tommy Fritz (A) (:14)

152: Donavan Felten (GMLOS) pinned Brennan Winkels (A) (2:16)

160: Rece Voigt (GMLOS) pinned Mark Tamke (A) (1:17)

170: Christian Jacobson (GMLOS) won by forfeit

182: Noah Sayles (GMLOS) won by forfeit

195: Cameron Sneed (GMLOS) won by forfeit

220: Adam Vlasaty (A) pinned Aaron Mork (GMLOS) (:40)

285: Colton Gardner (GMLOS) Luis Neito Vasquez (A) (1:42)