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Panthers split first dual meets

Park Rapids' Ben Baumgartner pinned United North Central's Aiden Cochran during their 126-pound match Tuesday at the Century School gym.1 / 2
United North Central's Wyatt Puttonen tried to escape from Park Rapids' Brock Fritze during their 145-pound match Tuesday night.2 / 2

Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena used 14 pins to defeat Park Rapids and United North Central in a triangular wrestling meet at the Century School gym Tuesday night.

Eight pins led the Bears to a 59-12 win over Park Rapids in the first match while six pins and two forfeits led BCLB to a 51-30 victory over United North Central.

Park Rapids defeated UNC 45-36 in the final dual in the season opener for both teams.

Bears pin loss on Panthers

BCLB won 11 of the 14 matches to defeat the Panthers.

Jared Sunram posted a 14-10 minor decision at 113 pounds in his varsity debut and Ben Baumgartner followed with a first-period pin at 126 as the Panthers tied the match at 9-9.

BCLB won the next three matches before Zach Steffen's 6-0 minor decision at 152 kept the Panthers within 23-12.

The Bears then won the final sixth matches via pins to seal the win.

BCLB 59, Park Rapids 12

106: Andrew Nissen, BCLB, minor decision over Nolan Booge 9-7. 113: Jared Sunram, PR, minor decision over Mason Preston 14-10. 120: Kyle Michalek, BCLB, pinned Anthony Ritter :51. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Austin Page :58. 132: Tanner George, BCLB, pinned Laine Jensen :47. 138: Cooper Jedlicka, BCLB, major decision over Noah Schulz 10-2. 145: Trevor Smith, BCBL, major decision over Justin Dravis 13-5. 152: Zach Steffen, PR, minor decision over Daven Staples 6-0. 160: Butch Strand, BCLB, pinned Garrick Scudder 4:13. 170: Brady Gross, BCLB, pinned Forrest Drury 3:50. 182: Tanner Templin, BCLB, pinned John Kyllonen 2:28. 195: Crag Brodeur, BCLB, pinned Kyle Ritter 2:52. 220: Al Goodwin, BCLB, pinned Cole Tretbar 1:22. 285: Nick Grundmeier, BCLB, pinned Trai Schmidt 3:25.

Bears defeat Warriors

Six pins and two forfeit wins offset five pins by the Warriors as BCLB completed the sweep.

Tom Tellers' pin at 113, Max Pajari's pin at 138, Wyatt Puttonen's pin at 145 and Dylan Huttunen's pin at 160 kept UNC within 27-24.

BCLB won four of the final five matches, including four pins and a forfeit, to seal the win.

Taylor Carlson's pin at 195 completed the scoring for UNC.

BCLB 51, United North Central 30

106: Mason Preston, BCLB, minor decision over Austin Bacon 6-4. 113: Tom Tellers, UNC, pinned Andrew Nissen 1:36. 120: Kyle Michalek, BCLB, won by forfeit. 126: Austin Page, BCLB, pinned Aiden Cochran 1:35. 132: Tanner George, BCLB, pinned Craig Isaacson :27. 138: Max Pajari, UNC, pinned Cooper Jedlicka :44. 145: Wyatt Puttonen, UNC, pinned Trevor Smith 1:05. 152: Daven Staples, BCLB, pinned Mike Johnson 3:31. 160: Dylan Huttunen, UNC, pinned Butch Strand 3:51. 170: Brady Gross, BCLB, pinned Tristan Palmer 2:29. 182: Tanner Templin, BCLB, pinned Tanner Bacon 3:03. 195: Taylor Carlson, UNC, pinned Crag Brodeur 5:14. 220: Alex Goodwin, BCLB, won by forfeit. 285: Nick Grundmeier, BCLB, pinned Landon Oshie 1:20.

Panthers hold off Warriors

The Panthers won eight matches, including pins in two of the final three bouts, to hold off United North Central.

Pins by Nolan Booge at 106 and Sunram at 113 gave the Panthers a 12-0 lead before Tom Tellers posted a pin at 120 for UNC.

Baumgartner's pin at 126 and Laine Jensen's pin at 132 gave the Panthers a 24-6 advantage before UNC responded with pins by Pajari at 138 and Puttonen at 145.

Steffen's 11-4 minor decision at 152 gave Park Rapids a 27-18 advantage before the Warriors pulled to within 27-24 on Huttonen's pin at 160.

Forrest Drury's pin at 170 was offset by Tristan Palmer's pin at 182 as the Panthers clung to a 33-30 lead with three matches to go.

John Kyllonen's pin at 195 and Cole Tretbar's pin at heavyweight gave the Panthers the win. Carlson recorded a pin at 215 for the Warriors.

Park Rapids 45, UNC 36

106: Nolan Booge, PR, pinned Austin Bacon :59. 113: Jared Sunram, PR, pinned Chance Jokela 1:42. 120: Tom Tellers, PR, pinned Logan Johnson :53. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Aiden Cochran :48. 132: Laine Jensen, PR, pinned Craig Isaacson :25. 138: Max Pajari, UNC, pinned Noah Schulz 1:20. 145: Wyatt Puttonen, UNC, pinned Brock Fritze 2:08. 152: Zach Steffen, PR, minor decision over Mike Johnson 11-4. 160: Dylan Huttunen, UNC, pinned Garrick Scudder :26. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, pinned Teague Newman 1:15. 182: Tristan Palmer, UNC, pinned Caleb Abraham 4:54. 195: John Kyllonen, PR, pinned Tanner Bacon 1:40. 220: Taylor Carlson, UNC, pinned Rylee Smith 3:25. 285: Cole Tretbar, PR, pinned Landon Oshie 1:09.