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Justin Dravis used a nearfall to rally for a 10-8 minor decision over New York Mills' Taylor Ericksrud Tuesday night.

Panthers drop 54-15 decision to NYM in dual

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Ben Baumgartner recorded his 100th career victory as the Park Rapids wrestling team dropped a dual meet to New York Mills Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.

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Baumgartner's 13-6 minor decision at 138 pounds was one of the Panthers' four victories in a 54-15 loss.

Baumgartner used a first-period takedown to claim a 2-0 lead before an escape and five takedowns in the third period sealed the win. Baumgartner is rated No. 5 at 132 in this week's state Class AA poll.

Tanner Eischens opened the match with a forfeit win at 106 before Justin Dravis followed Baumgartner's win with a come-from-behind 10-8 minor decision at 145. Dravis trailed 8-3 entering the third period before a pair of nearfalls sparked the rally.

Kyle Ritter used a third-period escape for a 7-6 minor decision at 182. Ritter had takedowns and escapes in the first and second periods in wrestling to a 6-6 tie before escaping with the Panthers' final win of the match.

New York Mills, which is rated No. 20 in this week's state Class A poll, improved to 4-0 in dual meets behind wins by Shane Novak (who is rated No. 1 at 120), Tyler Patron (No. 10 at 195) and Max Carlson (No. 7 at heavyweight).

The Panthers fell to 1-5 in dual meets.

New York Mills 54, Park Rapids 15

106: Tanner Eischens, PR, won by forfeit. 113: Jerimiah Harper, NYM, pinned Jared Sunram 2:46. 120: Shane Novak, NYM, won by forfeit. 126: Austin Haman, NYM, minor decision over Nolan Booge 6-4. 132: Tyler Ehnert, NYM, 18-3 technical fall over Logan Johnson 5:14. 138: Ben Baumgartner, PR, minor decision over Andrew Perala 13-6. 145: Justin Dravis, PR, minor decision over Taylor Ericksrud 10-8. 152: Kacee Skoog, NYM, pinned Austin Parker 3:04. 160: Bryan Pyle, NYM, won by forfeit. 170: Gunner Flynn, NYM, won by forfeit. 182: Kyle Ritter, PR, minor decision over Sam Erkenbrack 7-6. 195: Cole Grabow, NYM, pinned Chris Shaw 1:56. 220: Tyler Patron, NYM, 18-3 technical fall over Trai Schmidt 5:47. Hwt.: Max Carlson, NYM, pinned Chris Baxter 2:52.

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