Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blast from the Past: recalling a 13-win season for the Jaguar wrestlers

From the tail end of the 2000-2001 season:
Adam Marks (135), Mike Felling (140), Darren Lieser (189) and Andy Larson (HWT) qualified for the state tournament after competing in the Section 6A individual tournament in Braham. Lieser pinned all of his opponents to win the 189-pound title. The longest time needed to pin one of his opponents on the day was 2:30 in the championship against Jeremy Wentland of Holdingford. As a junior in 2000, Lieser went to the state tournament and placed 6th at 189 pounds.

Coach Chuck Marks was named Section 6A coach of the year.

TEAM news: In the Section 6A quarterfinals, the Jaguars beat Royalton 38-17 by winning 8 of the 13 matches wrestled. B-B-E then faced top-seeded Paynesville in the semifinals (at Royalton) and lost 50-18. The Bulldogs were ranked sixth in the state. B-B-E won four matches, including Dusty Baker (103), Martin Engen (171), Darren Lieser (189) and Andy Larson (HWT). Lieser was ranked 2nd in the state in the latest Guillotine 189 poll.

2001 Section 6A wrestling team seeding: #1 Paynesville, #2 Pierz, #3 Braham, #4 B-B-E, #5 Royalton, #6 Hinckley-Finlayson, #7 Rush City, #8 Ogilvie.

For the 2000-2001 season, the Jaguars had only 3 seniors on the team but still managed a 13-9 overall record. They lost their last 2 duals to EV-W and W/HN. Their roster also included 6 freshmen and 4 sophomores. Late in the regular season, B-B-E beat Class AA Morris Area 38-25 in a triangular at Sauk Centre; the Tigers had received votes in the Guillotine polls at the time.

Senior Adam Marks earned his 100th career win by pin over a Sartell guy during B-B-E's 42-19 whipping of the Sabres. At the time, Marks was only the 8th wrestler in B-B-E history to get to 100 wins; he started for the Jaguars from 8th grade through graduation and was 22-3 heading into the last week of the regular season in February 2001.

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