Pins rally Panthers by Lisbon, Deer River
Strong finishes sparked the Park Rapids wrestling team to a pair of victories over the weekend.
The Panthers won six of the final seven matches to rally for a 40-24 victory over Lisbon Friday night at the Century School gym.
During Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational, the Panthers opened with a 40-30 loss to Hibbing before winning the final seven matches in a 61-15 win over Deer River. Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena defeated the Panthers 43-31 in the third-place match.
In Saturday's other tournament matches, Hibbing defeated Deer River 55-18 to go 2-0 in Pool 2. In Pool 1, Lisbon defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 56-16 and BCLB 50-24 while BCLB defeated W-DC 48-28. Lisbon defeated Hibbing 51-17 in the title match while W-DC defeated Deer River 51-24 for fifth place.
Panthers rally past Lisbon
Three forfeits had the Panthers facing a 24-15 deficit before three pins in the final five matches sparked the win over Lisbon.
Nolan Booge's pin at 106 pounds, Ben Baumgartner's 8-2 minor decision at 126 and Laine Jensen's 7-0 minor decision at 132 gave Park Rapids a 12-6 advantage.
After two forfeits gave Lisbon an 18-12 edge, Zachary Steffen's 7-2 minor decision at 152 pulled the Panthers within 18-15.
Lisbon won the next match for a 24-15 edge before the Panthers used a 9-1 major decision by Forrest Drury at 170; pins by John Kyllonen at 182, Kyle Ritter at 195 and Cole Tretbar at 220; and a 7-1 minor decision by Trai Schmidt at heavyweight to pull off the win.
Park Rapids 40, Lisbon 24
106: Nolan Booge, PR, pinned Brock Aberle :46. 113: Taylor Busche, L, won by forfeit. 120: Double forfeit. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, minor decision over Jace Berg 8-2. 132 Laine Jensen, PR, minor decision over Westen Elisa 7-0. 138: Dylan Urbach, L, won by forfeit. 145: Tyrel Wong, L, won by forfeit. 162: Zachary Steffen, PR, minor decision over Derek Wartenberg 7-2. 160: Hunter Mairs, L, pinned Luke Weaver 1:45. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, major decision over Garrett Johnson 9-1. 182: John Kyllonen, PR, pinned Trevor Zins 2:19. 195: Kyle Ritter, PR, pinned Tyler Doll 1:54. 220: Cole Tretbar, PR, pinned Wyatt Smith 2:52. 285: Trai Schmidt, PR, minor decision over Braedon Thompson 7-1.
Five pins lift Hibbing to win
Hibbing used five pins to open Saturday's tournament with a win over the Panthers.
Jared Sunram's 5-1 minor decision at 106 and Baumgartner's 7-2 minor decision at 126 kept the Panthers within 10-6 before Hibbing won four of the next five matches to claim a 31-12 advantage. Steffen's pin at 152 was the only win for the Panthers during that stretch.
Drury's pin at 170, Ritter's forfeit win at 195 and Tretbar's pin at 220 closed the gap to 37-30 as the Panthers fell short.
Hibbing 40, Park Rapids 30
106: Jared Sunram, PR, minor decision over Morgan Fuenffinger 5-1. 113: Doug Fillbrant, H, major decision over Nolan Booge 9-0. 120: Lexus Lustila, H, pinned Logan Johnson :37. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, minor decision over Tone Fuenffinger 7-2. 132: Slade Rybachek, H, minor decision over Laine Jensen 7-4. 138: Carver Branlee, H, pinned Noah Schulz 1:52. 145: Levi Bulleck, H, pinned Zack Tretbar 4:11. 152: Zachary Steffen, PR, pinned Will Maki 1:26. 160: Brad Belich, H, pinned Caleb Abraham 1:17. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, pinned Zack Gustavson 1:37. 182: Josh Sinnott, H, pinned John Kyllonen 1:15. 195: Kyle Ritter, PR, won by forfeit. 220: Cole Tretbar, PR, pinned Jaban Weber :43. 285: Owen Philbrick, H, minor decision over Trai Schmidt 5-1.
Panthers pin loss on Deer River
Six pins and three forfeits led the Panthers past Deer River.
Booge's pin at 106, Logan Johnson's pin at 120, Baumgartner's pin at 126 and Jensen's 6-4 minor decision at 132 gave the Panthers an early 21-3 advantage.
Park Rapids sealed the win with Steffen's pin at 152; forfeit wins by Caleb Abraham at 160, Drury at 170 and Kyllonen at 182; Ritter's 9-1 major decision at 195; and pins by Tretbar at 220 and Schmidt at heavyweight.
Park Rapids 61, Deer River 15
106: Nolan Booge, PR, pinned Karey Braford 1:00. 113: Spencer Tibbetts, DR, minor decision over Jared Sunram 7-2. 120: Logan Johnson, PR, pinned Chris Morlan :40. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Joe Velishek 3:11. 132: Laine Jensen, PR, minor decision over Adam Claflin 6-4. 138: Cody Mickle, DR, pinned Noah Schulz 2:30. 145: Eric Ortloff, DR, pinned Zack Tretbar 1:59. 152: Zachary Steffen, PR, pinned Keith Grief 4:45. 160: Caleb Abraham, PR, won by forfeit. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, won by forfeit. 182: John Kyllonen, PR, won by forfeit. 195: Kyle Ritter, PR, major decision over Rick Gramke 9-1. 220: Cole Tretbar, PR, pinned Jeremy Peck :33. 285: Trai Schmidt, PR, pinned Caleb Heide 3:37.
BCLB tops Panthers again
For the second time in five days, BCLB defeated the Panthers in a dual meet.
BCLB, which opened the season with a 59-12 win over the Panthers, needed wins in the final two matches to pull off the win in the rematch.
Sunram's pin at 113, Baumgartner's pin at 126 and Jensen's 13-8 minor decision at 132 gave Park Rapids a 15-10 lead.
Back-to-back pins gave the Bears a 28-19 advantage before Steffen's 9-1 major decision at 152, Drury's pin at 170 and Ritter's pin at 195 tied the match at 31-31.
The Bears claimed the win with pins in the final two matches as Park Rapids fell to 3-3 in dual meets this season.
BCLB 43, Park Rapids 31
106: Andrew Nissen, BCLB, major decision over Nolan Booge 11-1. 113: Jared Sunram, PR, pinned Mason Preston 3:00. 120: Kyle Michalek, BCLB, pinned Logan Johnson 1:23. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Austin Page :37. 132: Laine Jensen, PR, minor decision over Tanner George 13-8. 138: Cooper Jedlicka, BCLB, pinned Noah Schulz 3:35. 145: Trevor Smith, BCLB, pinned Zack Tretbar 3:55. 152: Zachary Steffen, PR, major decision over Daven Staples 9-1. 160: Butch Strand, BCLB, pinned Caleb Abraham 1:41. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, pinned Brady Gross 2:59. 182: Tanner Templin, BCLB, minor decision over John Kyllonen 10-3. 195: Kyle Ritter, PR, pinned Mike O'Reilly :26. 220: Alex Goodwin, BCLB, pinned Cole Tretbar 2:40. 285: Nick Grundmeier, BCLB, pinned Trai Schmidt 4:51.