STORM LAKE - With nearly a standing room only crowd on hand for the annual Ballroom Brawl on Thursday night, the Buena Vista wrestling team built an early double-digit lead, but visiting Nebraska Wesleyan rallied in the second half of the dual and held off the Beavers, 26-21 in an American Rivers Conference showdown.
The dual began at 141 pounds, and Collin Stilson got BVU off to a strong start with an 18-1 technicall fall midway through the second period. It was Stilson's second victory of the year and his first techncial fall. Will Simmons extended the advantage to 11-0 with his fifth pin of the year, taking down Dominick Moser in 2:15.
Teyler Bruch's late rally came up just short at 157 pounds as he was edged 5-4 to give NWU its first victory of the night.
Shane Vaughan, who was won of five Beaver seniors recognized prior to the dual, capped off his home career by taking a forfeit at 165 and making it a 17-3 lead. The Prairie Wolves got those six points back at 174 pounds with a second period fall before senior Dylan Huntoon also came up victorius in his final home match with a 10-2 major decision. He improves to a team-best 14-4 on the year and moves into a tie for the team lead with his third major decision.
Don Phillips II came out on the wrong end of a hard-fought 5-4 decision at 197 pounds, as the Prairie Wolves picked up the first of four straight victories to close out the dual.
BVU falls to 3-5 on the year and 0-3 inside of the American Rivers Conference while NWU improves to 2-5 (1-3 American Rivers). Buena Vista has a quick turnaround as it will travel to the Cliff Keen-Mike Duroe Invitational, hosted by Cornell College, this Saturday, January 12. Action is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.