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Strong finish lifts Panthers to Mid-State win over DL

Four pins and a forfeit win in the final six matches led the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 47-27 Mid-State Conference dual-meet victory over Detroit Lakes Tuesday night at the Century School gym.

The Panthers faced an 18-9 deficit after the first five matches before rallying for the win.

Nolan Booge faced a 10-3 deficit in the 106-pound match before rallying for a 13-10 decision. A reversal in the second period pulled Booge to within 10-5 before a takedown and two nearfalls in the third period completed the comeback.

Ben Baumgartner followed with a first-period pin at 126 as the Panthers trailed 12-9 as Detroit Lakes received two forfeit wins.

Justin Dravis' takedown in overtime led to a 5-3 minor decision at 138, but the Panthers faced a 24-12 deficit with seven matches remaining. Dravis took an early 3-2 lead with an escape and takedown in the first period.

Zach Steffen started the comeback with a 17-2 technical fall at 152. A takedown and nearfall in the first period, a takedown and nearfall in the second period, and two reversals and a pair of nearfalls in the third period led Steffen to the win.

Park Rapids took the lead with back-to-back pins by Garrick Scudder and Forrest Drury. Scudder overcame a 4-1 deficit with a pin in the second period at 160 before Drury recorded a first-period pin at 170 to give the Panthers a 29-24 advantage.

After John Kyllonen received a forfeit win at 182, Cole Tretbar's second-period pin at 195 provided a 41-24 lead to seal the win.

Brandon Ritter's first-period pin at heavyweight concluded the scoring.

The win lifted Park Rapids to 2-1 in conference matches and 7-6 overall while the Lakers fell to 3-2 in the conference and 5-2 overall.

Park Rapids 47, Detroit Lakes 27

106: Nolan Booge, PR, minor decision over Tyler Bellefeuille 13-10. 113 Jack Labine, DL, won by forfeit. 120: Gabe Foltz, DL, won by forfeit. 126: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Austin Soyring 1:28. 132: Zach Baker, DL, pinned Noah Schulz 3:31. 138: Justin Dravis, PR, minor decision over Justin Reineccius 5-3 (ot). 145: Parker Jackson, DL, pinned Brock Fritze 1:46. 152: Zach Steffen, PR, 17-2 technical fall over Ben Ortiz 6:00. 160: Garrick Scudder, PR, pinned Brandon Dahring 2:22. 170: Forrest Drury, PR, pinned Cole Hegg :25. 182: John Kyllonen, PR, won by forfeit. 195: Cole Tretbar, PR, pinned Cameron Fritz 3:01. 220: Kirby Siewert, DL, minor decision over Kyle Ritter 7-1. 285: Brandon Ritter, PR, pinned James Huwe 1:20.