CRESCO - Team Minnesota won the final three matches to earn a 37-30 win over Team Iowa during the 16th Annual Border Battle Wrestling Meet held Friday at Crestwood High School.
The meet featured several of the top Iowa high school seniors from northeast Iowa and the top senior grapplers from southeast Minnesota. The win allowed Team Minnesota to tie the overall series at 8-8.
Two Crestwood seniors competed this year: Trevor Trende and Trae Pecinovsky. Trende lost a 3-0 decision to Travis Capelle of Stewartville (MN), and Pecinovsky lost by fall to McCoy Tekautz of LARP (MN).
Other Northeast Iowa Conference wrestlers who competed included: A.J. Maloy of Charles City, Keaton Geerts of New Hampton, Isaiah Mitchell of Decorah and Blain Swenson of Waukon.
Other area grapplers who competed included: Luke Massman of South Winn; Lane Schnuelle of South Winn; Caleb Ring of Osage; and Brock Jennings of Osage.
Friday’s meet started well for team Iowa as it took a 9-0 lead thanks to a decision by Elfego Marroquin of Postville and a fall by Riley Doeppke of MFL.
Pins by A.J. Maloy of Charles City and Keaton Geerts of New Hampton gave Iowa a 21-9 lead before Minnesota started its comeback.
Two pins and two decisions by Minnesota gave them a 27-21 lead after 10 matches. Luke Schnuelle of South Winn and Marroquin of Postville both won decisions to give Iowa a 30-27 lead with three matches left. However, Minnesota bounced back by winning three straight decisions to clinch the team win, 37-30, and even the overall series.
Results of all 16 matches are as follows.
Bout 1: Elfego Marroquin (IA) won 6-2 dec. over Treyten Chiglo; Bout 2: Riley Doeppke (IA) pinned Rian Leichtnam (MN) 3:26; Bout 3: Travis Capelle (MN) won 3-0 dec. over Trevor Trende (IA); Bout 4: A.J. Maloy (IA) pinned Jacob Thomas (MN) 2:57; Bout 5: Alex Aarsvold (MN) pinned Caleb Ring (IA); Bout 6: Keaton Geerts (IA) pinned Brenn Olson (MN) 0:56; Bout 7: McCoy Tekautz (MN) pinned Trae Pecinovsky (IA); Bout 8: Justin Muelle (MN) pinned Isaiah Mitchell (IA); Bout 9: Bennet Sikkink (MN) won 7-5 dec. over Luke Massman (IA); Bout 10: Bailee O’Reilly (MN) won 3OT 7-2 dec. over Brock Jennings (IA); Bout 11: Luke Schnuelle (IA) won 2--0 dec. over Kori McCarthy (MN); Bout 12: Marroquin (IA) won 12-6 dec. over John Altendorf (MN); Bout 13: Mac Hughes (IA) won 6-0 dec. over Leichtnam (MN); Bout 14: Travis Capelle (MN) won 6-2 dec. over Blain Swenson (IA); Bout 15: Chris Bain (MN) won 3-1 dec. over Maloy (IA); Bout 16: Reid Seelhammer (MN) won 10-2 maj dec over Caleb Ring (IA).