It was Curtis Hall’s final match win at 285 pounds that enabled the Cowboys to come from behind for a 42-39 win over the Williams County Firestorm in a Nov. 27 road battle.
By Brad Mosher
Williams County had a 39-36 lead going into the final match, but it was Hall’s win by fall over Zachary Schultz (2:07) that gave the Cowboys six points and the victory.
Killdeer’s Jace Andersen and Brandon Younker gave the Cowboys an early 12-0 lead. Andersen opened with a win by fall over Aaron Brimhall (0.28). Younker got a forfeit win.
Williams County rallied with four straight victories at 120, 126, 132 and 138 pounds to take a 24-12 lead. Canvas Sanders defeated Killdeer’s Gus Bombach by fall (3:11) to start the Williams County comeback. Christian Lagunes added to the streak with a win over Killdeer’s Birch Bang (fall, 0.27).
Ethan Wonser and Hugo Garcia gave the Firestorm two more wins, both by fall, over Landen Orcutt (132, 0:16) and Dayne Fredericks (138, 4:38), respectively.
Dylan Tabor’s forfeit win at 145 pounds cut the Firestorm lead to 24-18.
Gabe Bell gave Killdeer enough to tie the score at 24-all when he defeated Clayton Grove by fall (0.28) in the 152 pound match.
The two teams alternated wins as the weight classes increased.
Williams’ Broc Christophersen won a crucial narrow 5-4 decision over Killdeer’s Ashton Frei at 160 pounds to give his team the lead again.
But, that decision only counted for three points – the eventual margin of victory.
Zach Andersen responded with a win by fall (0:30) over Angel Guerrero at 170 pounds, giving the visiting Cowboys a narrow 30-27 lead.
John Tomjack’s win by fall (0:47) in his 182 pound match against Keaton Brunelle made it a 12-point swing and a 36-27 lead which was fleeting.
Williams County came back with 12 points of their own when Jayce Murdock won by forfeit at 195 pounds and Cameron Johnson won his 220 pound match by fall over Killdeer’s Benjamin Roundy.
The wins gave the Firestorm a 39-36 edge, setting the stage for Hall’s heroics and a come from behind win for the Cowboys.
Cowboys pin Rugby
Killdeer beat Rugby easily by a 49-21 margin score in the double dual wrestling battle at Tioga.
Killdeer started off slowly with Rugby building up a 15-0 lead before Bell gave the Cowboys their first win at 152 pounds. Bell won by fall (4:35) to cut the Rugby lead to 15-6.
Killdeer picked up three straight wins to take the lead, 19-15.
After Bell’s win, the Cowboys followed with Frei winning at 160 pounds with a 14-2 major decision over Isaac Christianson.
Zach Andersen was next, winning a close 9-7 decision over Rugby’s Brady Volk.
But it was Tomjack’s win over Dylan Grove by fall (5:28) which put the visiting Cowboys ahead of Rugby for good.
Killdeer went on a 30-0 run, winning the next five matches to claim the win.
Roundy started the run of victories, with a forfeit win at 220 pounds. Hall did the same at 285 pounds.
Jace Andersen picked up a win at 106 pounds over Bryson Amyotte by fall (0:55).
Weston LaPierre picked up a forfeit at 113 pounds, while Gus Bombach closed out the Killdeer wins by a fall (0:45) over Rugby’s Brenden Kleespie at 120 pounds.
Rugby’s John Jundt closed out the competition with a fall (3:44) win over Killdeer’s Bang at 126 pounds.
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106: Jace Andersen (KILL) over Aaron Brimhall (WILL) (Fall 0:28) 113: Brandon Younker (KILL) over (WILL) (For.) 120: Canvas Sanders (WILL) over Gus Bombach (KILL) (Fall 3:11) 126: Cristian Lagunes (WILL) over Birch Bang (KILL) (Fall 0:27) 132: Ethan Wonser (WILL) over Landen Orcutt (KILL) (Fall 0:16) 138: Hugo Garcia (WILL) over Dayne Fredericks (KILL) (Fall 4:38) 145: Dylan Tabor (KILL) over (WILL) (For.) 152: Gabe Bell (KILL) over Clayton Grove (WILL) (Fall 0:28) 160: Broc Christophersen (WILL) over Ashton Frei (KILL) (Dec 5-4) 170: Zach Andersen (KILL) over Angel Guerrero (WILL) (Fall 0:30) 182: John Tomjack (KILL) over Keaton Brunelle (WILL) (Fall 0:47) 195: Jayce Murdock (WILL) over (KILL) (For.) 220: Cameron Johnson (WILL) over Benjamin Roundy (KILL) (Fall 0:00) 285: Curtis Hall (KILL) over Zachary Schultz (WILL) (Fall 2:07)
132: Austin Schneibel (RUGB) over Landen Orcutt (KILL) (Fall 0:18) 138: Aden Jensen (RUGB) over Dayne Fredericks (KILL) (Dec 8-3) 145: Riley Zachmeier (RUGB) over Dylan Tabor (KILL) (Fall 1:42) 152: Gabe Bell (KILL) over Wyatt Schmaltz (RUGB) (Fall 4:35) 160: Ashton Frei (KILL) over Isaac Christianson (RUGB) (MD 14-2) 170: Zach Andersen (KILL) over Brady Volk (RUGB) (Dec 9-7) 182: John Tomjack (KILL) over Dylan Grove (RUGB) (Fall 5:28) 195: Double Forfeit 220: Benjamin Roundy (KILL) over (RUGB) (For.) 285: Curtis Hall (KILL) over (RUGB) (For.) 106: Jace Andersen (KILL) over Bryson Amyotte (RUGB) (Fall 0:55) 113: Weston LaPierre (KILL) over (RUGB) (For.) 120: Gus Bombach (KILL) over Brenden Kleespie (RUGB) (Fall 0:45) 126: John Jundt (RUGB) over Birch Bang (KILL) (Fall 3:44)