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Six Bucs get All-BSC nods
March 19, 2017

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The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer wrestling team placed six of its members on the All-Big South Conference Wrestling Team.

The Bucs were first the conference Eastern Division champions, then took on the Western Division champs from Worthington.

They took the overall BSC championship when they defeated the Trojans 34-23.

Now, six Buccaneers are also being honored as All-BSC. Those six are Max Ehrich, Zach Buseman, Wyatt Tungland, Jesus Quintero, Jared Armon and Trevor Oppedal.

And, if he had not missed the Big South Conference Tournament due to an injury (sore ribs), BEA's Cole Klinkner would more than likely have been the seventh Buc to qualify for the honor.

Here is a look at each one of the all-conference Bucs.

Max Ehrich

Ehrich, an eighth-grader, wrestled at 113 pounds for the Bucs and had a 26-14 record.

During the year he had 10 pins, 57 takedowns, 25 near falls and 111 team points.

"Max made a big step this year," Buc coach Randy Wirtjes says. "Getting 26 wins for an eighth grader is outstanding. I look for Max to make another big step next year."

Wirtjes adds Ehrich is a very hard worker and is very determined.

"He is a big part of a very talented group of eighth graders," Wirtjes adds.

Zach Buseman

Buseman, a junior, wrestled mainly at 152 pounds and had a record of 40-7, and ended up taking fourth at the State Tournament.

One of the Bucs' captains, he led the team in wins (40), pins (23), near falls (34) and team points (194). He also had 62 takedowns.

"Zach took it to another level this year," coach Wirtjes says. "He worked very hard in practice, does not like to lose, is very determined.

Buseman has qualified for the State Tournament four times and has 142 career wins.

"Zach is a great pinner," Wirtjes adds. "We count on him for leadership."

Wyatt Tungland

Another junior, Tungland wrestled mainly at 170 pounds and had a 30-9 season record.

He had 11 pins, 56 takedowns, 34 near falls and 146 team points.

"Wyatt made a huge step this year, going from 10 wins to 30," Wirtjes says. "He has good strength and balance and he has become a wrestler who we really came to depend on this year."

The coach also says he thinks Tungland can make another big step next year and go to the next level.

Jesus Quintero

The BEA senior sported a 29-11 season record and was a State Tournament qualifier at 182 pounds coming very close to placing at state.

He had 15 pins, 50 takedowns, 21 near falls and 145 team points during the year.

"Jesus is a very physical wrestler and is very aggressive," the Buccaneer coach says. "He went all out in practice and brought good intensity to the team."

Wirtjes adds Quintero made big steps through the years, despite missing two full years because of an injury.

Jared Armon

Another senior, Armon wrestled mainly at 220 pounds and ended the season with a 22-3 record and earned his second trip to the State Tournament.

He had eight pins, 17 takedowns, six near falls and 114 team points. He also scored 97 career wins.

"Jared overcame some injuries the last two years," the Buc mentor says. "If not for that, he would have gone well over 100 wins for his career. Jared set his goals high and worked very hard to achieve them."

Coach Wirtjes calls Armon, one of the team's captains, also a team leader.

"He will be missed for his leadership," Wirtjes comments. "And the way he helped the younger wrestlers."

Trevor Oppedal

Oppedal, a junior, anchored the Buccaneer team at the 285-pound position.

He had a 28-12 record for the season and scored 20 pins, 22 takedowns, 12 near falls and 142 team points.

"Trevor has made huge steps these past few years," coach Wirtjes says. "He was very close to qualifying for the State Tournament this year."

The coach adds Oppedal has become a great pinner and has made himself better by getting into the weight room.

"Trevor is a great closer to have at the top of our lineup," Wirtjes adds.

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