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Baumgartner, Pike win titles

Danny Pike, shown wrestling Wadena-Deer Creek's Caleb Monson in a dual meet, won the 171-pound title at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament.1 / 2
Adam Branstrom, shown wrestling Wadena-Deer Creek's Jacob Wegscheid, finished third at 145 pounds at the Mid-State Conference tournament.2 / 2

Ben Baumgartner and Danny Pike claimed individual titles to lead the Park Rapids wrestling team at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament at Detroit Lakes.

Baumgartner defeated Nate Francis of Detroit Lakes 12-5, pinned Devin Barthel of Wadena-Deer Creek in 2:11 and edged Blake Miller of Staples-Motley 7-5 to claim the title at 112 pounds. A takedown in the third period gave Baumgartner the win over Miller in the finals. Miller is ranked No. 10 at 112 in this week's state Class AA poll.

Pike received a first-round bye and advanced to the finals at 171 by pinning Detroit Lakes' Jordan Jones in 3:39. In the championship match, Pike trailed 3-1 in the third period before a takedown set up a pin at the 5:38 mark against Staples-Motley's Blake Petrich, who is rated No. 8 at 171 in this week's state Class AA poll.

Forrest Drury also reached the finals at 160 with a bye and a 9-8 decision over Staples-Motley's Gavin Kadlec. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus' Christian Harrison held a 6-5 lead over Drury in the finals before a reversal led to a pin at the 4:32 mark.

Baumgartner, Pike and Brandon Ritter earned all-conference honors based on performances against Mid-State opponents this season while Drury was an all-conference honorable mention selection.

Also placing for the Panthers at the conference tournament were Zack Tretbar (third at 130), Zach Steffen (third at 140), Adam Branstrom (third at 145), Trai Schmidt (third at 285), Kevin Just (fourth at 152), Cole Tretbar (fourth at 189), Logan Schmaus (fourth at 215), Laine Jensen (fifth at 119) and Noah Schulz (fifth at 125).

Park Rapids finished fourth in the team standings with 132 points. Staples-Motley won the conference title with 187.50 points, followed by Wadena-Deer Creek with 174 and Detroit Lakes with 145.50. PLPRB finished fifth with 121 points and Crosby-Ironton was sixth with 63 points.

"I think our kids are wrestling OK as of now. I would like to see a little more consistency. It seems like we will have a good match and then two days later we look flat," said Park Rapids head coach Matt Clark. "We are getting down to section time and one good or bad day can make or break your season. Hopefully we can put it all together for the section tournament."

In addition to Baumgartner, Pike and Ritter, the other all-conference wrestlers were DL's Gabe Foltz at 103, DL's Zack Baker at 119, W-DC's Mitch Stephens at 119, S-M's Brady Killian at 125, S-M's Jordan Heldman at 130, C-I's Hayden Zillmer at 135, DL's Parker Jackson at 135, W-DC's Jared Wegscheid at 140, W-DC's Jacob Wegscheid at 145, PLPRB's Peter Harrison at 152, PLPRB's Christian Harrison at 160, Petrich at 171, S-M's Chandler Trout at 189, W-DC's Tony Reurink at 215 and W-DC's Dylan Anderson at 285. Zillmer was named the Mid-State Conference's Most Valuable Wrestler.

Joining Drury with all-conference honorable mention honors were PLPRB's Tristan Rubner at 103, Miller at 112, S-M's Josh Becker at 119, W-DC's Zach Bernu at 125, DL's Tony Sims at 125, PLPRB's Kyle Jordan at 130, S-M's Austin Redemske at 135, DL's Jarrett Nosal at 145, W-DC's Derrick Rude at 152, C-I's Jeremy Hammon at 189, DL's Bryce Dutton at 215 and S-M's David DeYonge at 285.

Team scores: Staples-Motley 187.50, Wadena-Deer Creek 174, Detroit Lakes 145.50, Park Rapids 132, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 121, Crosby-Ironton 63.

Championship matches

103: Gabe Foltz, DL, over Triston Rubner, PLPRB. 112: Ben Baumgartner, minor decision over Blake Miller, SM, 7-5. 119: Nate Francis, DL, over Josh Becker, SM. 125: Brady Killian, SM, over Zach Bernu, WDC. 130: Jordan Heldman, SM, over Kyle Jordan, PLPRB. 135: Hayden Zillmer, CI, over Parker Jackson, DL. 140: Jared Wegscheid, WDC, over Austin Redemske, SM. 145: Jacob Wegscheid, WDC, over Jarett Nosal, DL. 152: Peter Harrison, PLPRB, over Derrick Rude, WDC. 160: Christian Harrison, PLPRB, pinned Forrest Drury, PR, 4:32. 171: Danny Pike, PR, pinned Blake Petrich, SM, 5:38. 189: Chandler Trout, SM, over Jeremy Hamman, CI. 215: Tony Reurink, WDC, over Bryce Dutton, DL. 285: Dylan Anderson, WDC, over David DeYonge, SM.

Park Rapids results

Ben Baumgartner (112): won minor decision over Nate Francis, DL, 12-5; pinned Devin Barthel, W-DC, 2:11; won minor decision over Blake Miller, SM, 7-5 (1st).

Laine Jensen (119): pinned by Zack Baker, DL, 2:24; pinned by Jace Loge, PLPRB, 1:47 (5th).

Noah Schulz (125): lost 18-0 technical fall to Brady Killian, SM, 4:00; lost 15-0 technical fall to Austin Soyring, DL, 4:29 (5th).

Zack Tretbar (130): pinned by Kyle Jordan, PLPRB, 1:47; pinned by Jordan Heldman, SM, :30 (3rd).

Zachary Steffen (140): bye; lost minor decision to Austin Redemske, SM, 4-2; pinned James Sipper, CI, 4:45 (3rd).

Adam Branstrom (145): pinned by Jarret Nosal, DL, 2:14; pinned by Jacob Wegscheid, WDC, :38 (3rd).

Kevin Just (152): won minor decision over Justin Reineccius, DL, 5-3 (ot); pinned by Peter Harrison, PLPRB, 4:38; lost 17-2 technical fall to Brent Lisson, SM, 5:23 (4th).

Forrest Drury (160): bye; won minor decision over Gavin Kadlec, SM, 9-8; pinned by Christian Harrison, PLPRB, 4:32 (2nd).

Danny Pike (171): bye; pinned Jordan Jones, DL, 3:39; pinned Blake Petrich, SM, 5:38 (1st).

Cole Tretbar (189): bye; lost technical fall to Chandler Trout, SM, 16-1; pinned by Ben Gailfus, DL, 5:16 (4th).

Logan Schmaus (215): won major decision over Cody Drone, SM, 11-2; pinned by Tony Reurink, WDC, 1:45; lost major decision to Jared Adkins, PLPRB, 13-2 (4th).

Trai Schmidt (285): lost major decision to David DeYonge, SM, 14-1; pinned by Dylan Anderson, WDC, 1:09 (3rd).

Wolverines hold off Panthers

A late rally fell short as Wadena-Deer Creek held on for a 39-29 Mid-State Conference victory over the Panthers last Thursday night at the Century School gym.

Baumgartner's pin at 112 pounds and Jensen's 6-1 minor decision at 119 gave the Panthers a 9-6 lead. Baumgartner led 21-6 before recording a fall at the 5:53 mark while Jensen used takedowns in each period to spark his win.

W-DC won the next six matches to claim a 33-9 lead before the Panthers rallied behind an 11-0 major decision by Drury at 160 and pins by Just at 171 and Pike at 189 to make it 33-25. Drury used a first-period takedown, a second-period nearfall, and an escape, takedown and nearfall in the third period for his win while Just and Pike recorded pins in the first period.

The Wolverines sealed the win with a pin at 215. Ritter ended the match with a 12-3 major decision at heavyweight. A takedown and nearfall in the first and third periods led Ritter to the win.

Park Rapids fell to 2-3 in conference matches and 9-10 overall.

W-DC 39, Park Rapids 29

103: Tristan Goedel, WDC, won by forfeit. 112: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Sam Waln 5:53. 119: Laine Jensen, PR, minor decision over Devin Barthel 6-1. 125: Josh Lawson, WDC, pinned Noah Schulz 2:21. 130: Zach Berneau, WDC, minor decision over Zack Tretbar 13-9. 135: Jordan Rentz, WDC, won by forfeit. 140: Jared Wegscheid, WDC, minor decision over Zach Steffen 6-2. 145: Jacob Wegscheid, WDC, minor decision over Adam Branstrom 9-4. 152: Derrik Rude, WDC, pinned Zac Haugland 2:49. 160: Forrest Drury, PR, major decision over Jacob Ludovisse 11-0. 171: Kevin Just, PR, pinned Isaac Lustila 1:21. 189: Danny Pike, PR, pinned Caleb Monson :28. 215: Tony Reurink, WDC, pinned Cole Tretbar 3:46. 285: Brandon Ritter, PR, major decision over Dylan Anderson 12-3.