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Perham wrestlers use pin, forfeits to defeat Panthers

Four forfeits and five pins led Perham to a 58-19 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at Perham.

Nolan Booge received a forfeit win at 106 pounds, Ben Baumgartner recorded a third-period pin at 126, Zachary Steffen posted a 12-4 major decision at 152 and Forrest Drury posted a 3-0 minor decision at 170 to account for the Panthers' four wins.

Baumgartner used a pair of takedowns and a nearfall in the first period and an escape and takedown in the second period to build a 10-1 lead before a reversal set up his pin.

Steffen jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first period behind two takedowns and a pair of nearfalls before a third-period reversal led to a major decision.

An escape and takedown in the third period gave Drury his win.

The Panthers fell to 4-4 in dual meets this season.

Perham is now 8-2 and currently rated No. 15 in the state Class AA poll. Luke Sailer is rated No. 7 at 138, Cody Nylander is rated No. 2 at 220 and Jesse Hein is rated No. 3 at heavyweight in the latest state poll.

Perham 58, Park Rapids 19

106: Nolan Booge, PR, won by forfeit. 113: Sam Pirrotta, P, won by forfeit. 120: Chase Curtis, P, won by forfeit. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned John Huber 4:21. 132: Brandon Lueders, P, won by forfeit. 138: Josh Werner, P, won by forfeit. 145: Luke Sailer, P, pinned Brock Fritze 1:46. 162: Zachary Steffen, PR, major decision over Ty Haverland 12-4. 160: Andrew Moberg, P, pinned Garrick Scudder 1:19. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, minor decision over William Parks 3-0. 182: Garrett Biegler, P, major decision over John Kyllonen 9-1. 195: Gio Garcia, P, pinned Kyle Ritter 2:59. 220: Cody Nylander, P, pinned Cole Tretbar 1:26. 285: Jesse Hein, P, pinned Trai Schmidt :30.