Wrestlers continue dual-meet win streak
Having a full lineup helped the Park Rapids wrestling team extend its winning streak Thursday night.
The Panthers used seven forfeits and three pins to defeat Crosby-Ironton 60-22 and four forfeits and three pins to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 51-21 in a pair of Mid-State Conference matches at Crosby.
Against C-I, the Panthers used Nolan Booge's first-period pin at 106 pounds and Ben Baumgartner's second-period pin at 120 to claim a 12-6 lead. Baumgartner is rated No. 10 at 120 pounds in this week's state Class AA poll.
After the Rangers took a 16-12 edge, the Panthers used forfeit wins by Justin Dravis at 138, Garrick Scudder at 145, Robert Borger at 160, Forrest Drury at 170, John Kyllonen at 182, Cole Tretbar at 195 and Brandon Ritter at 220 to rally for the win. Zachary Steffen added a second-period pin at 152.
The Panthers faced a 15-0 deficit after the first three matches against W-DC before rallying for the victory.
Baumgartner's third-period pin at 126 and forfeit wins by Dravis at 138 and Scudder at 145 tied the dual at 18-18.
Caleb Abraham's second-period pin at 160 gave the Panthers the lead for good. Forfeit wins by Borger at 170 and Drury at 182 and Kyllonen's first-period pin at 195 gave Park Rapids a 42-21 advantage. Drury is rated No. 7 at 170 pounds in this week's state Class AA poll.
Ritter's reversal in overtime led to a 4-2 decision at 220 before Trai Schmidt ended the meet with a victory by injury default at heavyweight.
The two wins extended Park Rapids' winning streak to seven matches in a row and lifted the Panthers to 14-7 on the season.
Park Rapids 60, C-I 22
106: Nolan Booge, PR, pinned Larry Olander 1:06. 113: Derik Olander, CI, won by forfeit. 120: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Cody Lasher 3:30. 126: Joe Sura, CI, pinned Anthony Ritter 1:28. 132: Brett Nelson, CI, major decision over Noah Schulz 12-2. 138: Justin Dravis, PR, won by forfeit. 145: Garrick Scudder, PR, won by forfeit. 152: Zachary Steffen, PR, pinned Derrick Brown 2:44. 160: Robert Borger, PR, won by forfeit. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, won by forfeit. 182: John Kyllonen, PR, won by forfeit. 195: Cole Tretbar, PR, won by forfeit. 220: Brandon Ritter, PR, won by forfeit. 285: Cole Grinsteimer, CI, pinned Trai Schmidt 2:34.
Park Rapids 51, W-DC 21
106: Tristan Godel, WDC, pinned Nolan Booge 1:41. 113: Sam Waln, WDC, pinned Jared Sunram 3:41. 120: Jake Waln, WDC, minor decision over Logan Johnson 9-4. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Devin Barthel 5:01. 132: Josh Lawson, WDC, minor decision over Noah Schulz 9-4. 138: Justin Dravis, PR, won by forfeit. 145: Garrick Scudder, PR, won by forfeit. 152: Jacob Ludovissie, WDC, minor decision over Zachary Steffen 4-2 (ot). 160: Caleb Abraham, PR, pinned Isaac Malone 2:53. 170: Robert Borger, PR, won by forfeit. 182: Forrest Drury, PR, won by forfeit. 195: John Kyllonen, PR, pinned Caleb Monson :39. 220: Brandon Ritter, PR, minor decision over Tony Reurink 4-2 (ot). 285: Trai Schmidt, PR, won by injury default over Mason Lohmiller.