Wrestlers face tough competition with post-season on its way


As it prepares for the post-season, the Hastings wrestling team is working in as much quality competition as it can.

Hastings hosted Shakopee in its Senior Night meet Thursday and then traveled to Bemidji for a triangular meet Friday night.

Shakopee has more than double the enrollment of Hastings, so it was a tough night for the Raiders in their last match on their home mat for the season. Shakopee won, 41-18.

Hastings got wins from Gavin Lambert at 114, Blake Beissel at 121, Trey Beissel at 127 and Derrick Steinke at 285.

Lambert scored a 12-5 decision, while Blake Beissel pinned his opponent in 1:40. Trey Beissel came out on top of a 3-2 decision, and Steinke had an impressive pin in 2:46.

Hastings hopped on the bus for the four-hour trip to Bemidji Friday afternoon. In addition to the home team, the Raiders squared off against Stillwater, ranked third in the state.

In the first match, Stillwater defeated Hastings, 40-17.

Blake and Trey Beissel dominated. Blake made quick work winning by fall in 23 seconds. Trey then scored an 11-2 major decision.

At 133, Jack Bainbridge then also came out strong with a 12-2 major decision.

At 139, Mark Svoboda won an exciting match by a 9-7 decision.

After Stillwater defeated Bemidji 31-19, Hastings downed the home school by a score of 34-36 in the night’s most exciting match.

Winners for Hastings were:

William Bainbridge at 107 with a 15-0 technical fall in 4:55.

Gavin Lambert at 114 scored a 4-3 decision.

Blake Beissel at 121 won by major decision, 11-2.

Trey Beissel also won by major decision, 14-4 at 127.

At 133, Jack Bainbridge posted a 3-2 win.

Fletcher Peterson won a 2-0 decision at 145.

At 172, Creed Peterson picked up a pin in 2:41.

At 215, Derrick Steinke picked up a quick pin in 1:24.

In its final tune-ups before the 3AAA Section Team Meet at Woodbury Feb. 16, the Raiders wrestle in a triangular meet at Andover High School Thursday, Feb. 8. Also competing will be St. Francis.

Hastings competes in a tournament Saturday, Feb. 10 at Redwood Valley High School.