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Seven Panthers wrestle for Mid-State titles

Forrest Drury and Brandon Ritter claimed titles while the Park Rapids wrestling team had five wrestlers claim runner-up honors at last Friday's Mid-State Conference tournament at Detroit Lakes.

Drury pinned his way to the title at 170 pounds while Ritter used a pin and a minor decision to claim the title at 220. Ritter used a pair of takedowns in the third period to defeat Staples-Motley's David DeYonge in the championship match.

Ben Baumgartner was an all-conference wild card selection after finishing second at 120. Baumgartner held a 6-5 lead before Staples-Motley's Blake Miller used an escape and takedown in the third period for an 8-7 win in the title match.

Four other Park Rapids wrestlers advanced to championship matches.

Garrick Scudder lost to Detroit Lakes' Brandon Dahring in the final at 145. Zachary Steffen dropped a 2-1 decision in the title match at 152 when Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus' Darian Rubner earned a third-period takedown. John Kyllonen dropped a 6-1 decision to PLPRB's Justin Mackenthun in the championship match at 182. Cole Tretbar was defeated by Staples-Motley's Blake Petrich in the final at 195.

Also placing for the Panthers were Nolan Booge (fourth at 106), Justin Dravis (third at 138), Caleb Abraham (third at 160) and Trai Schmidt (third at 285).

The Panthers finished third in the team standings with 159 points. Detroit Lakes claimed the conference title with 211 points while PLPRB was second with 184 points in this five-team tournament.

All champions received all-conference honors. In addition to Baumgartner, Wadena-Deer Creek's Mitch Steffens, PLPRB's Drey Loge and Staples-Motley's Brent Lisson were wild card all-conference selections.

Team scores: Detroit Lakes 211, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 184, Park Rapids 159, Staples-Motley 59, Wadena-Deer Creek 78, Crosby-Ironton 49.

Conference champions

106: Bronson Spies, DL. 113: Gabe Foltz, DL. 120: Blake Miller, S-M. 126: Jace Loge, PLPRB. 132: Zach Baker, DL. 138: Parker Jackson, DL. 145: Brandon Dahring, DL. 152: Darian Rubner, PLPRB. 160: Peter Harrison, PLPRB. 170: Forrest Drury, PR. 182: Justin Mackenthun, PLPRB. 195: Blake Petrich, S-M. 220: Brandon Ritter, PR. 285: Cole Grinnsteinner, C-I.

Park Rapids results

Nolan Booge (106): lost major decision to Anthony Philipson, PLPRB, 14-2; pinned Caleb Kreitter, C-I, 4:27; lost major decision to Tristin Godel, W-DC, 10-2 (4th).

Ben Baumgartner (120): pinned Lance Squires, PLPRB, 1:32; won major decision over Luke Payne, DL, 11-3; lost minor decision to Blake Miller, S-M, 8-7 (2nd).

Justin Dravis (138): pinned by Drey Loge, PLPRB, 1:50; won minor decision over Tyler Progreba, S-M, 5-4 (3rd).

Garrick Scudder (145): pinned Austin Bendson, S-M, :50; pinned by Brandon Dahring, DL, 4:38 (2nd).

Zachary Steffen (152): won minor decision over Jacob Ludouissie, W-DC, 4-1; lost minor decision to Darian Rubner, PLPRB, 2-1 (2nd).

Caleb Abraham (160): pinned by Travis Kienitz, DL, 2:21; pinned by Peter Harrison, PLPRB, 1:03 (3rd).

Forrest Drury (170): pinned Matt Carlson, DL, 1:21; pinned Ozzy Miller, PLPRB, 1:08 (1st).

John Kyllonen (182): won minor decision over Cody Drone, S-M, 9-7; lot minor decision to Justin Mackenthun, PLPRB, 6-1 (2nd).

Cole Tretbar (195): pinned Jared Adkins, PLPRB, 3:38; pinned by Blake Petrich, S-M, 3:29 (2nd).

Brandon Ritter (220): pinned Kirby Siewart, DL, :16; won minor decision over David DeYonge, S-M, 5-3 (1st).

Trai Schmidt (285): pinned by Cole Grinnsteinner, C-I, 3:59; won minor decision over Mason Lohmiller, W-DC, 4-1 (3rd).