INDIANOLA --The Buena Vista wrestling team jumped out to a 16-0 over Simpson College on Tuesday night, and after the Storm battled back to even things up at 22-22, freshman Gable Bonner stepped up and notched a pin at 285 pounds to help give the Beavers a thrilling 28-22 Iowa Conference dual victory.
Bonner wasted little time securing the win for BVU, picking up his fourth pin of the year and needing just 1:36. He now evens his overall record at 9-9.
A forfeit by Branden Schultz (125 pounds) put the Beavers on the board first before freshman Cameron Mennanoh pinned Sam Reichenbacker with just 53 seconds left in the opening period for a 12-0 lead. He also evened his record this year at 8-8. Sophomore Steve Gutschenritter followed with a convincing 13-4 major decision for his 13th win of the year.
Following a pin by Simpson at 149 pounds, the match of the night might have been sophomore Dustin Shinkle's thrilling 12-10 decision at 157 pounds that pushed the margin to 19-6. Fellow sophomore Seth Shatto moved up to 165 pounds for the first time this season and gave the Beavers a 6-2 win and a 22-6 lead. The win also extends his team-best record to 16-6.
Simpson then got forfeits at both 174 and 184 pounds to make it a 22-18 score before a major decision victory at 197 pounds evened things up heading into the final match of the night.
The team improves to 1-3 overall this season (1-2 IIAC).
It returns to action again on Saturday when it takes part in the IIAC Duals, hosted by Dubuque. The Beavers will open with the host Spartans.