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United Clay Becker hangs on for win over Panthers

Park Rapids' Eli Bessman used a reversal and nearfall to build a 7-6 lead in the third period of his 160-pound match against United Clay Becker's Bailey Johnson Tuesday night. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

For the second match in a row, the Park Rapids wrestling team couldn't overcome an early deficit.

The Panthers, who trailed Grand Rapids 36-6 in a 39-36 loss in their last dual meet, faced a 37-9 deficit Tuesday night in a 40-30 loss to United Clay Becker in a battle of Section 8AA teams at the Area High School gym.

The cooperative between Lake Park-Audubon and Hawley used three forfeits, two pins, a major decision and a minor decision to build a 37-9 lead after the first nine matches. Zack Cole had four takedowns in a 12-3 major decision at 106, Nathan Sperr received a forfeit at 113, Garrett Peterson led 5-0 before recording a pin at 126, Sanden O'Connell and Andrew Wetli recieved forfeits at 132 and 138, Hunter Magnusson used a reversal and takedown for a 5-2 minor decision at 145, and Bailey Johnson overcame a 7-6 deficit as a reversal led to a pin in 5:35 at 160.

The Panthers won two matches in the early going as Ashton Clark used takedowns in each period for a 7-4 minor decision at 120 pounds and Landen Burlingame recorded a pin in 2:38 at 152. A first-period takedown and second-period reversal gave Burlingame a 4-1 lead before the pin made it 31-9.

Park Rapids, which needed four pins and a win by technical fall in the final five matches to pull off the win, began its comeback when Dawson Roth received a forfeit at 170 and Cody Dravis used a takedown and nearfall to set up a pin in 1:43 at 182. Jack Hensel followed with takedowns in the second and third periods for a 5-1 minor decision at 195 as the Panthers cut the gap to 37-24.

The Badgers used Sam Wamre's reversal and takedown in the second period for a 4-1 minor decision at 220 before Park Rapids' Dwayne Johnson ended the dual with a takedown and nearfall that set up a pin in 37 seconds at 285.

The loss dropped Park Rapids to 0-2 against section opponents and 2-4 overall in dual meets while UCB improved to 1-2 in section matches and 4-10 overall.

United Clay Becker 40, Park Rapids 30

106: Zack Cole, UCB, major decision over Lucas Kritzeck 12-3. 113: Nathan Sperr, UCB, won by forfeit. 120: Ashton Clark, PR, minor decision over Sam Helgeson 7-4. 126: Garrett Petersen, UCB, pinned Kobe Burton 3:16. 132: Sanden O'Connell, UCB, won by forfeit. 138: Andrew Wetli, UCB, won by forfeit. 145: Hunter Magnusson, UCB, minor decision over Joe Klein 5-2. 152: Landen Burlingame, PR, pinned Jacob Beaudine-Schlick 2:38. 160: Bailey Johnson, UCB, pinned Eli Bessman 5:35. 170: Dawson Roth, PR, won by forfeit. 182: Cody Dravis, PR, pinned Joey Stuhaug :53. 195: Jack Hensel, PR, minor decision over TJ Hines 5-1. 220: Sam Wamre, UCB, minor decision over Zach Hocking 4-1. 285: Dwayne Johnson, PR, pinned Wyatt Dunham :37.