The fifth-seeded Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders came up short Tuesday night in losing a 39-33 decision to fourth-seeded Border West in Section 6A team wrestling action.
Squaring off on the West Central Area mat, the Raiders notched the first victory of the evening as Quinn Kern scored a 16-2 major decision over 106-pound foe Spencer Ellison.
The Bucs won the next six weights on pins for a 36-4 lead.
BHV turned the tables beginning at 152 where Zack Waln posted a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Eric Schwagel. After Ethan Kimber won his 160-pound match with Cormick Combellick 14-2, Carter Behrens notched the final victory of the night for Border West by decisioning Holt Truax 11-6.
Hayden Truax, Ethan Orlando, Charles Nienbauer and Dillon Card posted victories for the Raiders in the final four matches. Truax pinned Josh Stueve in 1:13 at 182, Orlando defeated Zak Adelman 10-1 on a major decision at 195, Nienaber won by forfeit at 220 and Card won by fall over Chris Kleindl at the 1:25 mark of their heavyweight contest.
The Raiders, who went into the tournament as the defending Section 6A team champs, will now prepare for the Section 6A individual tournament set for Feb. 20-21 in Wheaton.
Border West 39, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 33
106 Quinn Kern (BHV) major dec. Spencer Ellison (BW) 16-2
113 Dylan Menge (BW) pinned Devin Dean (BHV) 4:49
120 Kaden Spindler (BW) pinned Jarret Kveton (BHV) :48
126 Cameron Sykora (BW) pinned Derik Kimber (BHV) :43
132 Tracer Lee (BW) pinned Braydon Bertram (BHV) :39
138 Mason Pullis (BW) pinned Zack Bennett (BHV) :51
145 Jacob Hasbargen (BW) pinned Marshall Willis (BHV) 5:50
152 Zack Waln (BHV) dec. Eric Schwagel (BW) 2-0
160 Ethan Kimber (BHV) major dec. Cormick Combellick (BW) 14-2
170 Carter Behrens (BW) dec. Holtan Truax (BHV) 11-6
182 Hayden Truax (BHV) pinned Josh Stueve (BW) 1:13
195 Ethan Orlando (BHV) major dec. Zak Adelman (BW) 10-1
220 Charles Nienaber (BHV) won by forfeit
285 Dillon Card (BHV) pinned Chris Kleindl (BW) 1:25