The wrestling season got started for MAHACA Nov. 30 when they competed in the UNITED quadrangular at Lac qui Parle Valley High School. In three team matches, MAHACA picked up a win over Quad County and lost to UNITED and Marshall.
UNITED 68, MAHACA 4
It was a tough first team match of the season when MAHACA took on the hosts UNITED, who earned wins in each of the first five weight classes to open up a 30-0 advantage.
At 139 pounds, Grayson Gibson picked up the first and only win for MAHACA with a 11-3 major decision win over Holland Schacherer.
UNITED went on a run over the final seven weight classes, including three pins to finish off MAHACA, earning the 64-point team win.
MAHACA 34, Quad County 30
In their second team match, it was a tight contest between two evenly matched teams. MAHACA was able to pull off their first team win by a slim four-point margin.
At 107 pounds, Beau Haugen earned a win by forfeit, but Quad County returned the favor with a forfeit win at 114 pounds to make the score 6-6.
MAHACA then won the next three matches. Xavier Kleindl won by forfeit at 127 pounds, Jarret Payne earned a pin over Dane Hildahl at 133 pounds and Gibson pinned James Hardin at 139 pounds to make it 24-6.
Quad County trimmed it to 24-12 with a forfeit win at 145 pounds.
Andrew Marty stretched the MAHACA advantage with an 11-3 major decision win over Owen Chervany to make it 28-12.
The Cobras came back with two pins at 172 and 189 pounds and MAHACA held a slim 28-24 advantage with two weight classes remaining.
Connor Olson sealed the win for MAHACA with a pin against Easton Jaenisch at 215 pounds to make it 34-30. With the match out of reach, Quad County earned a pin win at heavyweight to get within four points, but there were no other matches left.
Marshall 56, MAHACA 12
The match against Marshall started promisingly for MAHACA with a pin victory for Haugen at 107 pounds over Gavin Williams to jump ahead 6-0.
The next three matches were decided by forfeit with two going in favor of Marshall. Xavier Kleindl won by forfeit for MAHACA at 127 pounds and the score was locked at 12-12.
Marshall then swept the remaining nine weight classes to run away with a 44-point win over MAHACA.
The next match for MAHACA will be a quadrangular hosted by BOLD in Olivia on December 5. The team will then compete in a tournament at Maple Grove High School on Saturday, December 9.