NORTHFIELD, Minn. (Blugolds.com) – Competing in its first dual of the season, the UW-Eau Claire wrestling team fell 24-13 at St. Olaf College (Minn.) but three Blugolds recorded victories tonight.
At 141 pounds, Nathaniel Behnke (So.-Bruce, Wis.) won his fifth straight match by pinning his opponent in 52 seconds to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Ryan Behnke (Fr.-Bruce, Wis.) also won, taking the 165 pound match with an 8-4 decision. He is now 6-3 overall this season.
At 197 pounds, Luke Ortscheid (Sr.-Wausau, Wis./West) won with a 13-3 major decision. He is now 4-2 on the season.
Eau Claire is now 0-1 on the season while St. Olaf is 1-0.
Next up, the Blugolds will open the home portion of their schedule, hosting No. 21 UW-La Crosse on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the McPhee Physical Education Center.
St. Olaf (1-0) 24, UW-Eau Claire (0-1) 13
133 - John Koehl (StO) wins by forfeit (St. Olaf 6-0)
141 - Nathaniel Behnke (UWEC) def. Nichola Chrisner (StO) Fall 0:52 (St. Olaf 6-6)
149 - Carl Elmer (StO) def. Alex Kleinschmidt (UWEC) 8-1 (St. Olaf 9-6)
157 - Adam Woitala (StO) def. Matt Koch (UWEC) 3-1 (St. Olaf 12-6)
165 - Ryan Behnke (UWEC) def. Alexander Evan (StO) 8-4 (St. Olaf 12-9)
174 - Hugh Ellerman (StO) def. Tyler Palzkill (UWEC) Fall 3:35 (St. Olaf 18-9)
184 - Joseph Pesta (StO) def. Josh Cormican (UWEC) 5-4 (St. Olaf 21-9)
197 - Luke Ortscheid (UWEC) def. Matthew Caulfield (StO) 13-3 (St. Olaf 21-13)
285 - Zach Gibson (StO) def. Justin Karkula (UWEC) 5-2 (St. Olaf 24-13)