Prep wrestling: Adrian tops Worthington, 34-25
WORTHINGTON — If you would have taken a poll of any wrestler or coach on the Adrian Dragons’ bench Friday night in Worthington, they would probably admit it wasn’t their sharpest effort of the season. The Worthington Trojans gave them everything they could handle.
In the end, Class A’s No. 6-ranked Dragons had enough in the tanks for a 34-25 victory against a local non-conference opponent.
“It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it,” Adrian head wrestling coach Gregg Nelson said. “Worthington wrestled very well and, in some spots, they wrestled better than they could have. If somebody is wrestling well and you’re not, it makes things interesting.”
Worthington took an early upper hand on a major decision earned by 106-pound sophomore Hser Eh Pwae over Alex Fuerstenburg. The state’s No. 1-ranked 106-pounder, Skylar Hieronimus of Adrian, then received forfeit at 113 and Greg Kern pushed the lead to 12-4 by pinning Trojans sophomore Hser Moo Pwae at 120.
The state’s No. 2-ranked 126-pounder in Class AA, Worthington’s Anthony Luft, used just 1:42 to stick Marshall Taylor before the Dragons rallied. Ryan Elias won in a 3-0 decision at 132, Michael Preuss was victorious by 13-9 decision at 138, Tony Lynn won a 16-2 major decision at 145 and Logan Rogers (152) had a second-period pin for the Dragons as they staked claim to a 28-10 lead.
From start to finish, the dual was a battle for both teams.
“We knew that, by the way we weighed in and by the way they weighed in, that it was going to be a battle,” Nelson said. “No excuses. Our team was on the mat tonight and we wrestled OK. Two years ago we didn’t wrestle well here. I don’t know what it is.”
Worthington senior Zach Kempema got things going and pinned Adrian’s Matthew Slater in 5:48. The Trojans also had wins come down the stretch from freshman 182-pounder Nic Putnam, junior Carson Hagen (220) and Trevor Wietzema at heavyweight.
While Jeffrey Camacho and King Blanchette both fell by decision for the night, Trojans wrestling coach Mark Prunty was encouraged with the fight he saw in all of his wrestlers.
“I thought we wrestled hard tonight. Again, we saw some good things from our sophomores in the middle, and we had some huge wins,” Prunty said. “Also, it was good to see the kids battling in matches they weren’t supposed to win.”
Worthington fell with its loss to 3-6 in dual meets and Adrian improved to 14-6. With the busy portion of the season upon them, both squads compete today. The Trojans, first of all, travel to Rock Valley to face several Iowa schools.
“We’ll face some northwest Iowa schools,” Prunty said with excitement. “This is the third year we’ve went down there. We know very little about who we’ll face but it is fun to wrestle someone you haven’t seen all year and won’t see the rest of the year.”
Adrian went back to its school Friday for a late-night workout and will travel to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton today for the Plum Creek Dual Team Tournament.
“We’re taking off Saturday morning for Tracy,” Nelson reported. “We have three matches there and will start with New Ulm at noon. Then, it depends on how we do.
“Next week is another butcher chamber,” Nelson said with a grin. “A week from tonight, I’ll be a happy man.”
Adrian 34, Worthington 25
106: Eh Pwae (W) maj. dec. Fuerstenberg 15-4; 113: Hieronimus (A) won by forfeit; 120: Kern (A) pin Moo Pwae 3:00; 126: Luft (W) pin Taylor 1:42; 132: Elias (A) dec. Camacho 3-0; 138: Preuss (A) dec. Blanchette 13-9; 145: Lynn (A) maj. dec. Michelson 16-2; 152: Rogers (A) pin Riley 3:48; 160: Kempema (W) pin Matthew Slater 5:33; 170: Jesse Slater (A) dec. Schroeder 3-0; 182: Putnam (W) dec. McCann 4-2; 195: Taracena (A) dec. Abraham 6-3; 220: Hagen (W) dec. Gyberg 6-0; 285: Wietzema (W) dec. Sieve 3-0.
Pipestone Area 45, Fulda/MCC 9 PIPESTONE — Pipestone Area ran out to a 14-0 lead on their home mat against Fulda/MCC. The Arrows, victorious by 45-9 final score, moved to 8-4 on their season.
Taking an early lead, the Arrows had major decisions earned by Michael Suda and Garrett Ploeger. Bill Olson earned a quick fall in 1:18 at 126 pounds over F/MCC’s Tate Meyer.
Ben Blanchette (132) and Jacob Haubrich (138) won by decision in the dual. Pins for the home team came from Brady Boss (152), Will Smith (170) and Dylan Nelson (182).
Pipestone Area travels to Tri Valley, S. D. today.