Pins and forfeit wins in the upper weights enabled the Park Rapids wrestling team to open the season with a pair of dual victories at Menahga Tuesday night.
In the first match, the Panthers trailed 27-24 before three pins and a forfeit win led to a 48-33 victory over Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena.
Park Rapids faced a 36-18 deficit in the second match before a pin and three forfeit wins led to a 45-36 victory over United North Central.
Against BCLB, Ben Baumgartner's first-period pin at 112 pounds, Laine Jensen's third-period pin at 119, Luke Hartig's first-period pin at 130 and Zachary Steffen's second-period pin at 140 gave the Panthers a 24-18 advantage.
After BCLB took a 27-24 lead, Forrest Drury's second-period pin at 160, Kevin Just's second-period pin at 171, Danny Pike's second-period pin at 189 and Brandon Ritter's forfeit win at 215 rallied the Panthers.
The Panthers used a similar formula to defeat UNC.
A pin by Tommy Tellers at 103 gave the Warriors a 6-0 lead before Baumgartner and Jensen received forfeit wins for Park Rapids.
The Warriors built a 36-18 advantage behind Sam Tellers' forfeit win at 125, Jake Malone's first-period pin at 130, Max Pajari's second-period pin at 135, Mike Johnson's first-period pin at 140 and Dylan Huttunen's second-period pin at 152. Steffen's second-period pin at 145 was the only win for Park Rapids during that stretch.
Drury's first-period pin at 160 and Just's overtime win at 171 closed the deficit to 36-27 before Pike, Cole Tretbar and Trai Schmidt received forfeit wins to complete the Panthers' comeback.
Park Rapids 48, BCLB 33
103: Andrew Nissen, BCLB, pinned Devon Eischens :49. 112: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Kyle Michalek :56. 119: Laine Jensen, PR, pinned Trevor Smith 5:32. 125: Tanner George, BCLB, won by forfeit. 130: Luke Hartig, PR, pinned Darren Staples :23. 135: Grant Erickson, BCLB, pinned Zack Tretbar 2:40. 140: Zachary Steffen, PR, pinned Joe Nehl 3:10. 145: Jerrick Pemberton, BCLB, won by forfeit. 152: Brady Gross, BCLB, minor decision over Zac Haugland 10-3. 160: Forrest Drury, PR, pinned Butch Strand 3:49. 171: Kevin Just, PR, pinned Luke Binkley 3:30. 189: Danny Pike, PR, pinned Craig Brouder 2:40. 215: Brandon Ritter, PR, won by forfeit. 285: Alex Goodwin, BCLB, pinned Cole Tretbar 3:46.
Park Rapids 45, UNC 36
103: Tommy Tellers, UNC, pinned Devon Eischens :45. 112: Ben Baumgartner, PR, won by forfeit. 119: Laine Jensen, PR, won by forfeit. 125: Sam Tellers, UNC, won by forfeit. 130: Jake Malone, UNC, pinned Noah Schulz 1:34. 135: Max Pajari, UNC, pinned Luke Hartig 3:00. 140: Mike Johnson, UNC, pinned Zachary Tretbar 1:17. 145: Zachary Steffen, PR, pinned Kieler Skaro 3:00. 152: Dylan Huttunen, UNC, pinned Zac Haugland 2:45. 160: Forrest Drury, PR, pinned Teague Neuman 1:40. 171: Kevin Just, PR, minor decision over Taylor Carlson 12-12 (ot). 189: Danny Pike, PR, won by forfeit. 215: Cole Tretbar, PR, won by forfeit. 285: Trai Schmidt, PR, won by forfeit.