The Buena Vista wrestling team jumped out to a 16-0 over Simpson College on Tuesday night, and after the Storm battled back to even things up at 22-22, freshman Gable Bonner (Estherville, Iowa/ELC) stepped up and notched a pin at 285 pounds to help give the Beavers a thrilling, 28-22 Iowa Conference dual victory.
Bonner wasted little time securing the win for BVU, picking up his fourth pin of the year and needing just 1:36. He now evens his overall record at 9-9.
A forfeit by Branden Schultz (Lake Crysal, Minn./Lake Crystal) (125 pounds) put the Beavers on the board first before freshman Cameron Mennanoh (Audubon, Iowa/Audubon) pinned Sam Reichenbacker with just 53 seconds left in the opening period for a 12-0 lead. He also evened his record this year at 8-8. Sophomore Steve Gutschenritter (Pacific Junction,Iowa/Glenwood) followed with a convincing 13-4 major decision for his 13th win of the year.
Following a pin by Simpson at 149 pounds, the match of the night might have been sophomore Dustin Shinkle’s (Van Horne, Iowa/Benton Community) thrilling 12-10 decision at 157 pounds that pushed the margin to 19-6. Fellow sophomore Seth Shatto (Estherville, Iowa/ELC) moved up to 165 pounds for the first time this season and gave the Beavers a 6-2 win and a 22-6 lead. The win also extends his team-best record to 16-6.
Simpson then got forfeits at both 174 and 184 pounds to make it a 22-18 match before a major decision victory at 197 pounds evened things up heading into the final match of the night.
The win for BVU marks its first IIAC dual victory since it topped the Storm, 28-23, in Storm Lake two years ago. The team improves to 1-3 overall this season (1-2 IIAC).
It returns to action again on Saturday when it takes part in the IIAC Duals, hosted by the University of Dubuque. The Beavers will open with the host Spartans, who are currently ranked 26th at 10:00am, followed by a dual with #1 Wartburg College at 12:00pm. It will then end with a match against #29 Central College at 2:00pm.
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