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Park Rapids' Zach Steffen tried to escape from Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis' Devin Wicks during their 152-pound match Thursday night.

Panthers rally to edge Wolves

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Pins by Cole Tretbar and Brandon Ritter in the final two matches rallied the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 41-38 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis in the final match of a triangular meet at the Century School gym Thursday night.


Frazee used five forfeits in the first six matches to open the triangular with a 51-18 victory over Park Rapids. Frazee followed by winning the first seven matches to spark a 49-18 win over WHAN before the Panthers rallied to defeat WHAN in the final match.

The split left the Panthers with an 8-7 record in dual meets.

Forfeits lift Frazee past Panthers

Frazee jumped out to a 30-6 lead en route to defeating the Panthers.

Ben Baumgartner's first-period pin at 126 pounds was the only win for the Panthers in the first six matches.

Zach Steffen's second-period takedown and third-period reversal led to a 4-3 minor decision at 152 and Forrest Drury used a first-period takedown and pair of reversals in the second period for a 6-2 minor decision at 170 as the Panthers trailed 42-12.

Brandon Ritter's first-period pin at heavyweight concluded the match.

Frazee entered the meet rated No. 8 in the latest state Class A poll.

Frazee 51, Park Rapids 18

106: Byron Byer, F, won by forfeit. 113: Austin Skillings, F, won by forfeit. 120: Isaac Schermerhorn, F, won by forfeit. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned John Gies 1:55. 132: Jordan Ketter, F, won by forfeit. 138: Tyler Wacker, F, won by forfeit. 145: Bruce Lemon, F, pinned Brock Fritze 1:03. 152: Zach Steffen, PR, minor decision over Eric Moltzan 4-3. 160: Tyler Ziegler, F, pinned Garrick Scudder :46. 170; Forrest Drury, PR, minor decision over Kody Vandenylde 6-2. 182: Evan Wendt, F, minor decision over John Kyllonen 3-1. 195: Jacob Galbrecht, F, minor decision over Cole Tretbar 4-3. 220: Roderick Mackey, F, minor decision over Kyle Ritter 3-0. 285: Brandon Ritter, PR, pinned Brandon DeGroat :59.

Frazee defeats Wolves

Devin Wicks, Collin Huckbody, Christopher Zimmer and Nick Fisher had wins for WHAN in the loss to Frazee.

A takedown in the first period and an escape and takedown in the third period led Wicks to a 5-2 minor decision at 152. Huckbody followed with a first-period pin at 170 and Zimmer used an escape and two takedowns in the third period for a 5-4 minor decision at 195. Fisher's second-period pin at 220 accounted for the Wolves' other win.

Panthers rally past Wolves

Six pins in their seven wins were the difference as the Panthers edged the Wolves.

Nolan Booge's first-period pin at 106 and Jared Sunram's technical fall win at 113 staked the Panthers to an 11-0 lead. A takedown gave Sunram a 2-0 lead after the first period before two reversals and a nearfall pushed the lead to 10-2 after the second period. Three penalty points, a reversal and a nearfall completed the 17-2 victory.

Each team exchanged pins as Daniel Stacey's second-period pin at 120, Dylan Nistler's first-period pin at 132 and Blake Wiemann's first-period pin at 145 led WHAN while Baumgartner's first-period pin at 126 and Justin Dravis' second-period pin at 138 kept the Panthers in front 23-18.

Wicks earned his 100th career win with an 11-5 decision at 152. Two takedowns and a nearfall in the first period, a reversal in the second period, and a takedown and escape in the third period led Wicks to his win.

Joe Anderson's first-period pin at 160 and Huckbody's second-period pin at 170 gave the Wolves a 33-23 advantage with four matches to go.

Drury's first-period pin at 182 was offset by Zimmer's 16-1 technical fall win at 195 as WHAN held on to a 38-29 lead.

Tretbar's second-period pin at 220 and Ritter's first-period pin at heavyweight rallied the Panthers to the win.

Wicks (No. 8 at 152), Huckbody (No. 6 at 170) and Zimmer (No. 5 at 195) were rated in the latest state Class A poll.

Park Rapids 41, WHAN 38

106: Nolan Booge, PR, pinned Tristan Hopen 1:18. 113: Jared Sunram, PR, 17-2 technical fall over Spenser Kaufman 5:47. 120: Daniel Stacey, WHAN, pinned Anthony Ritter 2:40. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Nate Peterson 1:35. 132: Dylan Nistler, WHAN, pinned Noah Schulz 1:30. 138: Justin Dravis, PR, pinned Paul Langton 3:17. 145: Blake Wiemann, WHAN, pinned Brock Fritze :41. 152: Devin Wicks, WHAN, minor decision over Zach Steffen 11-5. 160: Joe Anderson, WHAN, pinned Garrick Scudder :53. 170: Collin Huckbody, WHAN, pinned Robert Borger 3:17. 182: Forrest Drury, PR, pinned Brandon Pfar, :30. 195: Christopher Zimmer, WHAN16-1 technical fall over John Kyllonen 4:30. 220: Cole Tretbar, PR, pinned Nick Fisher 3:28. 285: Brandon Ritter, PR, pinned Randy Smieja :42.