Wrestlers stampede Bison

For many sporting events you can show up late and still catch much of the action, often including the most entertaining parts.
But, if you showed up late to the Monticello vs. Buffalo wrestling match Thursday night, you might have missed everything – including some impressive individual performances.
Monticello picked up eight pins to go with three forfeits as they beat the Bison 66-18 in a match that took less than an hour.

Brent Riddle sizes up his opponent before striking Thursday night. Riddle finished the match with a pin of his own. (Times staff photos by Clay Sawatzke)

Brent Riddle sizes up his opponent before striking Thursday night. Riddle finished the match with a pin of his own. (Times staff photos by Clay Sawatzke)

“It was one of the faster duels we’ve been a part of,” said Coach Andy Zigan.
Buffalo’s wrestling program has been down for a couple of years now according to Zigan, and Thursday night the Magic were able to come out and take care of business.
The night started with a forfeit for each side, then a pin for Tevin Zavadil at 120, in a match that he dominated from the start. After one loss, also a pin (as were each of Buffalo’s two victories), Monticello reeled off six straight pins – all of them happening in the first or second period.
“It happens every once in a while,” said Zigan, of each and every match being decided by a pin.
It happened Thursday, as Monticello lost by pin at 220 before heavyweight Brent Riddle came out and earned a third period pin, in what was by far the longest match of the night, to put the finishing touch on the Monticello rout.
Although the match was short lived, the dominance provided a fun atmosphere for the 40 young wrestlers that showed up for youth night.

Seth Gardner controls his opponent on the mat on the way to a pin, one of eight that the Magic recorded against Buffalo Thursday night.

Seth Gardner controls his opponent on the mat on the way to a pin, one of eight that the Magic recorded against Buffalo Thursday night.

The kids provided a tunnel for the Magic to come out of at the start of the night, and then took turns (four at a time) sitting at the corner of the mat, where they would signal each wrestler whether they should start the second period up or down. At the end of the night, the youth got autographs from their favorite wrestlers, who certainly performed like stars on this night.
“That was really fun,” said Zigan.
Saturday, Monticello got back to its tough schedule. They headed to Foley for a Tom Keating Memorial Wrestling Tournament, and they came away with a sixth place finish.
“We wrestled okay,” said Zigan. “We were a little sluggish at times.”
It was Monticello’s second match back after an extended Christmas break, and the first real challenge after they had dominated Buffalo two nights before.
The tournament was an individual one, as teams accumulated points from individuals doing well in their own bracket.
Monticello had plenty wrestle well, although none were able to earn an individual championship at the 17-team event.
“We had some guys wrestle really well,” said Zigan. “They just had some tough guys in their bracket.”
Zavadil, Monticello’s highest finisher at second-place, was one of those. He lost a hard fought championship match after earning his way there despite wrestling up a weight at 120 pounds.
Jake Berthiaume, Zach Beaumaster and Logan Stiller were a few more. They each earned third-place finishes after losing to a ranked opponent along the way.
Seth Gardner rounded out the group of top Magic finishers, earning third-place at 170 pounds.
Monticello returns to the mat tonight, as they head to St. Michael-Albertville to take on the nationally ranked Knights at 7.

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