Panthers stifle Trojans, Cobras defeat Falcons
WORTHINGTON -- In a battle of two young teams, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton opened up an 18-0 lead early and went on to a 41-21 victory over Worthington Thursday night in a non-conference dual.
"I thought we wrestled well; even in the matches that we got beat, our kids wrestled hard," T-M-B head coach Karl Campbell said. "That's all we're asking for right now. We have a young team, and I was very happy with the effort tonight."
At 103 pounds, Cody Christian and Kyle Wiese battled to a 2-2 tie after the first period, but Christian came out and used a takedown to lead 5-2 after the second period.
Wiese was able to score two points on a reversal in the third, but Christian was too much in a 6-4 victory.
Ian Mariner (112 pounds) continued the winning ways for the Panthers against Joey Kinley.
Mariner opened up a 2-0 lead on a takedown in the first period and recorded another four points in the second to take a 6-2 lead going into the final period.
The seventh-grader was able to add two more points, as Mariner earned an 8-2 victory -- giving T-M-B a 6-0 lead.
"I think two key wins right off the bat at 3 and 12 (helped)," Campbell said. "Cody Christian won a nice match at 103 that I really wasn't expecting. At 112, our seventh-grader, Mariner, beat Kinley, who's one of Worthington's best kids, which kind of set the tone, I thought."
Zach Campbell gave the Panthers a 12-0 lead after recording a fall over Eric Lease at 119 pounds.
For T-M-B, Leng Thao followed suit with a pin in 2:57 over Turner Hagen at 125 pounds, giving the Panthers an 18-0 lead.
"It is tough to make up those 18 points, and the kids know it," Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said. "Tracy kept such good position that they weren't going to give up too many pins. There weren't too many opportunities for us to put them to their backs."
However, after trailing by 18, the Trojans made their move.
Dayton Williamson took an early 2-0 lead over Erik Cooreman at 130 pounds, but found himself in a tied match after the second period.
Williamson was able to score an escape point in the final 10 seconds to take a 3-2 victory, cutting the overall lead to 18-3.
Nate Hotzler (140 pounds) picked up two points early in the first period and was able to score four more in the second to take a 6-1 lead.
After a scoreless third period, Hotzler earned a decision, as Worthington cut the deficit to 18-6.
After Aaron Hohler earned a technical fall over Mike Hillesheim at 140 pounds, Jessie Regalado took the mat for the Trojans at 145 pounds -- two weights up from normal.
"I felt good tonight. I wrestled a little heavier, but I felt better," Regalado said. "(I moved up) to help out the team. We were hoping to get a win out of them."
Regalado made the most out of his move, taking a quick 6-1 lead in the first period.
After leading 11-1 late in the second period, Regalado caught Marcus Stefanic and recorded a fall just four seconds before the period ended.
"At the beginning, the kid wouldn't go or anything; he was just sitting there. I kind of kept working him and working him forward, and my coaches were telling me to work him, and I finally stuck him there," Regalado said. "I looked up, and there were only four seconds left. I was glad I didn't have to go through this anymore."
After a Trojan forfeit at 152, Worthington's Julio Casillas scored an early takedown, but gave up an escape in the first period.
After scoring a two-point reversal to start the second, Casillas opened up a 6-3 lead after two periods.
Casillas gave up only an escape in the final period, but added two more points in an 8-4 victory.
"I tried to work around him," Casillas said. "He kept rolling around, and I just tried to stay behind him. He was going to roll me, but I kept strong and kept working him."
Even after the decision, Worthington still trailed, 29-15.
"I thought we really made some progress in some areas," Prunty said. "Julio Casillas picked up a nice win, and Dayton Williamson had a great win against a tough kid. Nate Hotzler picked up a nice win in the middle for us. Those were matches that were close, and it could have gone either way."
After Worthington forfeited at 171 and 189 pounds, Jake Steffl took the mat for the Trojans.
With an early takedown and two more points later in the period, Steffl had a 4-1 lead after one period.
"We started off the first period, and we both had a nice tie up in the first minute and a half, and he tried to throw a head lock on me," Steffl said. "In the second period, he chose up and tried to ride me out; not much happened."
After a scoreless second period, Steffl was able to secure two more points and fight off a last-minute attack from Colton Evans to earn a 6-3 decision.
"In the third period, I chose both up and got a take down. He got a reversal, but it was a pretty even match, I guess," Steffl said. "I'm on a three-or four-match winning streak right now, coming off a sluggish middle part of the season. So, it's going to be a big confidence booster for me."
At heavyweight, Worthington's Jordan Schroeder and Tyler Bauer had a close match.
With just one point each in the first two periods, the match was tied heading into the final frame.
Schroeder was able to score a quick two points early, and after an escape from Bauer, finished with another takedown for a 5-2 victory.
"Jake and Jordan at the end were tight matches. It was nice to see that our kids were able to pull those out in the end," Prunty said. "Let's face it, when you get to section tournament, there are going to be tight matches."
Both teams will wrestle in the section tournament Tuesday. Worthington will wrestle Fairmont at Adrian, while T-M-B will face Marshall at Tracy.
"I think it's a great confidence booster for those kids who picked up wins, and also, I think it's a motivation for those kids who maybe didn't wrestle as well as they'd hoped," Prunty said. "These guys have had goals they've had since the beginning of the year that they are trying to reach, and I think win or lose, it's going to be a motivator for them."
103 Christian (T) dec 6-4 Wiese, 3-0
112 Mariner (T) dec 8-2 Kinley, 6-0
119 Campbell (T) fall 2:50 Lease, 12-0
125 L. Thao (T) fall 2:57 Hagen, 18-0
130 Williamson (W) dec 3-2 Cooreman, 18-3
135 Hotzler (W) dec 6-1 K. Thao, 18-6
140 Hohler (T) tech fall 19-2 6:00, Hillesheim, 23-6
145 Regalado (W) fall 3:56 Stefanic, 23-12
152 Anderson (T) forfeit, 29-12
160 Casillas (W) dec 8-4 Van Nevel, 29-15
171 Wakefield (T) forfeit, 35-15
189 Martinez (T) forfeit, 41-15
215 Steffl (W) dec 6-3 Evans, 41-18
Hwt. Schroeder (W) dec 5-2 Bauer, 41-21.
W/ML/B-O 51, RRC/W-WG 24
WINDOM -- Winning nine of the 14 individual matches Thursday night, the Windom/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Cobras defeated Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove by 27 points.
Drake Borsgard, Bill Hochstein, A.J. Stevens, Mason Anderson and Alex Garza each won via forfeit for the Cobras, while Sam Fischenich, Spencer Johnson, Jared Peterson and Taylor Crow also won.
Ryan Schroepfer, Taylor Vollmer, Jordan Vollmer, Taylor Mattison and Michael Koch each won for RRC/W-WG.
W/ML/B-O (19-5) wrestles Worthington or Fairmont in the Section 3AA South tournament Tuesday in Adrian.
103 Schroepfer (R) dec 7-2 Swoboda 0-3
112 T. Vollmer (R) fall 5:35 Quiring 0-9
119 Borsgard (W) forfeit 6-9
125 J. Vollmer (R) dec 13-11 Larson 6-12
130 Fischenich (W) fall 1:15 Bierl 12-12
135 Hochstein (W) forfeit 18-12
140 Stevens (W) forfeit 24-12
145 Johnson (W) dec 6-2 N. Mattison 27-12
152 Peterson (W) fall 4:54 Hubert 33-12
160 Anderson (W) forfeit 39-12
171 T. Mattison (R) fall :28 Blomgren 39-18
189 Crow (W) fall 3:22 Hagberg 45-18
215 Garza forfeit 51-18
HWT Koch (R) fall 5:46 Rummens 51-24.