Magic wrestlers flex early season strength
It certainly didn’t take long for the Magic wrestling program to flex its collective muscle this season.
A week removed from a quality third place finish at its own invite, Monticello used three individual championships, and a total of nine top-three individual finishes, to earn a team championship at the Big Lake Invitational.
The Magic wrestled well across the board, getting especially high finish from the lower weights, to help them stay ahead of North Branch and six other teams, despite not entering wrestlers at two of the 14 weights.
Without anyone wrestling at 106 pounds, the Monticello domination started at 113 and 120. At those weights Tevin Zavadil and Logan Stiller helped earn Monticello two of their three individual championships on the day.
Neither wrestler was pushed too hard on the day. Zavadil won his first match on a second period pin, the semifinal by virtue of an 18-3 technical fall, and the championship with another second period pin.
Meanwhile, Stiller was about as decisive in victory as you can be without ending a single match early.
The senior won all three matches by major decision, totaling 34 points on the day to just 5 for his opponents.
Earning the third and final individual championship was Zach Beaumaster at 138 pounds. Beaumaster earned a pin with just 39 seconds left in the first round, before coming back with a pin just 1:39 into the second round.
In the championship match Beaumaster earned a 7-0 decision over Jake Pilz from North Branch.
The largest amount of Magic wrestlers just missed out on championships. Four of them tallied second place finishes.
After earning a pin and a major decision, Jack Bourgeois lost a 6-1 decision in the championship match at 126 pounds. Jake Berthiaume followed the same route to the 145-pound championship before falling 16-4 in the final. Carter Barnes picked up two quick pins, but he too fell in the finals, to a 9-3 decision. Seth Gardner earned the last final berth for Monticello (on virtue of a bye and a pin). He fell in a 7-3 decision for his first loss of the year.
Cooper Hanson and Jeremiah Yeats earned third place finishes for Monticello, who finished with 186.5 points, nine ahead of North Branch and 29 ahead of host Big Lake.
The Magic head to Farmington tonight for a triangular with Eastview and Farmington.