Thief River Falls overcame a 24-5 deficit as three pins and two forfeits led to a 35-34 comeback victory over the United North Central wrestling team at Thief River Falls on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The Warriors won five of the first six matches to take the early lead in this battle of two state-ranked teams. Reid Pinoniemi’s pin in 5:51 at 113 pounds, Zack Hendrickson’s pin in 1:46 at 120, Hunter Skaro’s pin in 38 seconds at 126, Ethan Hendrickson’s 5-1 minor decision at 132 and Dylan Rasmussen’s 8-2 minor decision at 138 gave UNC the early lead. Ethan Hendrickson was rated No. 3 at 132 in the latest state Class A poll.
Two of Thief River Falls’ state-ranked wrestlers helped spark the comeback. Griffin Lundeen won by injury default over Hank Tellers at 145 while Brady Kasprick pinned UNC’s Eion Ness at 152. Lundeen was rated No 7 at 138 and Kasprick was rated No. 3 at 145 in the state Class AA poll while Ness was rated No 5 at 152 in the state Class A poll. A forfeit win at 160 helped the Prowlers cut the deficit to 24-23.
After Dakota Meech’s 12-0 major decision at 170 and Shawn Hendrickson’s 9-5 minor decision at 182 gave the Warriors a 31-23 advantage, Thief River Falls used pins in the next two matches to claim a 35-31 edge. Marcus Peterson’s 5-3 minor decision at 285 concluded the scoring.
UNC, which was rated No. 12 in the latest state Class A poll, fell to 11-6 on the season while Thief River Falls (which was rated No. 9 in the state Class AA poll) improved to 14-6.