The girls worked in some quality competition time, an important aspect for a new sanctioned sport. Left to right: Assistant Coach Paul Vaith, Lauren Whitfield, Annabel Norquist, Skylar Little Soldier, Alisha Brown, Allison Weinzettel, Kayla Williams and Amelia Miller. Photo Submitted.
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Hastings wrestlers perform well at Bi-State Classic

By Bruce Karnick

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Wrestling season is in full swing for the Raiders and they made a trip down 61 to La Crosse Wisconsin for the Bi-State Classic Tournament over the holiday break. The Bi-State Classic features 71 teams wrestling over two days. Each day is over 12 hours long as wrestling takes place on 10 mats in four different sessions. Each weight class has a 64-man bracket. It is a chaotic, fast paced venture for participants and fans alike.

Overall, Hastings had six boys place in the top 12 of their weight class 113: Blake Beissel with 3rd 126: Jack Bainbridge with 4th 170: Ian Pepple with 9th 182: Rico Cooper with 11th 220: Austin Leflay with 2nd 285: Blake Clemons with 8th Team points earned them eighth out of 69 official teams and fourth in Division One.

The girls team had a chance to get competition reps in as well in the Girls Showcase. Each girl wrestled three matches during the showcase, here are their results. Alisha Brown: 3-0 Skylar Little Soldier: 3-0 Kayla Williams: 2-1 Amelia Miller: 1-2 Annabel Norquist: 1-2 Allison Weinzettel: 1-2 Lauren Whitfield: 1-2 Statistically the girls won total match points and total pins.

The team returns to local action January 6 when the travel to South St. Paul for a 5:00 triangular. They travel again on Saturday to St. Paul Harding for the 8:00 a.m. invitational.


The boys had six wrestlers place in the top twelve of the tournament. Left to right: Blake Beissel, Rico Cooper, Ian Peppel, Blake Clemmons, and Jack Bainbridge. Photo Submitted

The controlled chaos inside the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin for the Bi-State Classic needs to be witnessed to be understood. 71 teams signed up to compete over two days. Photo courtesy of Hastings High School Wrestling.

January 5, 2022