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Wrestlers split with Mid-State opponents

Ben Baumgartner won both his matches as the Park Rapids wrestling remained at the .500 mark by splitting a pair of Mid-State Conference dual meets at Pine River Thursday night.

Six forfeits helped Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus to a 51-16 win over Park Rapids while five forfeits helped the Panthers defeat Staples-Motley 49-28. PLPRB defeated the Cardinals 48-24 in the other match.

PLPRB used three forfeits to build an 18-0 lead before Baumgartner posted a 15-6 major decision at 126 pounds. Three takedowns in the first period, two more takedowns in the second period, and a pair of takedowns in the third period led Baumgartner to the victory.

Two more forfeits and a pin in the next four matches extended the Road Crew's lead to 39-4 before Garrick Scudder recorded a first-period pin at 160.

Forrest Drury followed with an 8-6 minor decision at 170 as a pair of reversals in the second period and an escape and takedown in the third period helped the Panthers close the gap to 39-13.

Trai Schmidt's 3-2 overtime victory at heavyweight concluded the match.

The win lifted PLPRB to 5-0 in conference duals this season.

Staples-Motley held a 16-15 edge after the first six matches before the Panthers used five forfeits to rally for the win.

Nolan Booge's second-period pin at 106, Baumgartner's first-period pin at 126 and Justin Dravis' 10-8 minor decision at 138 kept the Panthers close. Dravis used a takedown and nearfall in the first period and a pair of reversals in the second period to spark his win.

Forfeit wins by Brock Fritze at 145, Zachary Steffen at 152, Scudder at 160 and Drury at 170 gave the Panthers a 39-16 advantage. Cole Tretbar's 10-2 major decision at 195 and Schmidt's forfeit win at heavyweight sealed the win. Tretbar used a takedown and two nearfalls in the first period and takedowns in the second and third period for his win.

The split left the Panthers with a 6-6 record in dual meets. The Cardinals fell to 1-3 in conference matches.

PLPRB 51, Park Rapids 16

106: Anthony Philipson, PLPRB, won by forfeit. 113: Dallin Sonenstahl, PLPRB, won by forfeit. 120: Lance Squires, PLPRB, won by forfeit. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, major decision over Triston Rubner 15-6. 132: Nick Gravdahl, PLPRB, won by forfeit. 138: Kyle Jordan, PLPRB, won by forfeit. 145: Drey Loge, PLPRB, pinned Brock Fritze 1:32. 152: Darian Rubner, PLPRB, minor decision over Zachary Steffen 4-2. 160: Garrick Scudder, PR, pinned Derek Sonenstahl 1:37. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, minor decision over Peter Harrison 8-6. 182: Justin Mackenthun, PLPRB, minor decision over John Kyllonen 6-5. 195: Jared Adkins, PLPRB, minor decision over Kyle Ritter 2-0. 220: Nick Kramp, PLPRB, won by forfeit. 285: Trai Schmidt, PR, minor decision over Kurt Kent 3-2 (ot).

Park Rapids 49, Staples-Motley 28

106: Nolan Booge, PR, pinned Jake Bendson 2:29. 113: Gage Brown, SM, major decision over Jared Sunram 18-4. 120: Blake Miller, SM, pinned Anthony Ritter :43. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Jake Swendsrud 1:37. 132: Josh Becker, SM, pinned Noah Schulz 4:55. 138: Justin Dravis, PR, minor decision over Tyler Pogreba 10-8. 145: Brock Fritze, PR, won by forfeit. 152: Zachary Steffen, PR, won by forfeit. 160: Garrick Scudder, PR, won by forfeit. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, won by forfeit. 182: Taylor Bendson, SM, pinned John Kyllonen 2:32. 195: Cole Tretbar, PR, major decision over Blake Petrich 10-2. 220: Cody Drone, SM, pinned Kyle Ritter 3:39. 285: Trai Schmidt, PR, won by forfeit.