Prep wrestling: Pipestone Area edges WHS, 29-26
PIPESTONE —Pipestone Area achieved a narrow wrestling victory over visiting Worthington Tuesday, as the Arrows eeked out a 29-26 victory on their home mat.
Worthington sophomore Hser Eh Pwae won by 19-6 major decision to begin the dual for his team, but Pipestone Area bounced back and won the next two bouts. Arrows eighth-grader Michael Suda beat Worthington’s Ethan Pavelko on a second-period pin before Garret Ploeger pulled off a 19-9 major decision at 120 pounds. State champion Anthony Luft picked the Trojans back up, pinning his opponent in the third period at 126.
Pipestone Area built a 26-10 lead through the 160-pound match, a 15-4 major decision won by Brady Bos. Worthington won the next four matches, on the effort of Zach Kempema (170), Blake Schroeder (182), Peter Abraham (195) and a forfeit received by Carson Hagen (220). Pipestone’s Blake Wolters defeated Trevor Wietzema by 6-1 decision at 285 to decide the dual.
“It was a hard loss. It was a dual we wanted. We had some kids who stepped up and some who worked hard but came up short. There’s not a whole lot to say but, during the course of the season, this is part of the roller coaster ride,” Worthington coach Mark Prunty said. “There are always bright spots you can take away and we’ll also look at the areas where we can improve, so it helps us win close matches in the future.”
Pipestone Area 29,
106: Eh Pwae (W) maj. dec. Berger 19-6; 113: Suda (P) pin Pavelko 3:26; 120: Ploeger (P) maj. dec. Moo Pwae 19-9; 126: Luft (W) pin Olson 5:39; 132: Hunt (P) dec. Camacho 8-4; 138: Haubrich (P) dec. Blanchette 10-4; 145: Kor (P) dec. Michelson 2-0; 152: Bush (P) dec. Riley 9-2; 160: Bos (P) maj. dec. Rogers 15-4; 170: Kempema (W) maj. dec. Hachmann 14-6; 182: Schroeder (W) dec. Smith 4-3; 195: Abraham dec. Staples 9-2; 220: Carson Hagen (W) won by forfeit; 285: Wolters (P) dec. Wietzema 6-1.
Adrian 69, T-M-B/W-WG 12
ADRIAN — Seven Adrian wrestlers earned falls as the Dragons controlled Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Alex Furstenburg pinned T-M-B/W-WG’s Nester Perez in 5:24 at 106 pounds. Skylar Hieronimus pinned Daulton Carlson in 42 seconds at 113, Greg Kern pinned Tyler Illg in 1:43 at 120, Michael Preuss finished off Kyle Gilbertson in 1:51 at 138, Logan Rogers pinned Sterling Schwartz in 4:22 at 152, Andy McCann pinned Cole Olson in 1:54 at 182 and Gavin Engelkes pinned Kenny Her in 1:41 at 220.
Adrian also got a victory by Ryan Elias at 126 pounds, in a 5-2 decision over Caleb Christian. Forfeit victories went to Dragons Tony Lynn at 145, Carter VanDyke at 160, Jesse Slater at 170 and Dylan Gyberg at 195.
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove got a win at 132 pounds where Logan Axford pinned Marshall Taylor in 1:07 and at heavyweight where Lane Anderson pinned Tony Sieve in 1:30.
SLAYTON — Fulda/Murray County Central fell twice in its double dual, in Slayton, with Minneota and Redwood Valley.
The Warriors earned their only win against Minneota at 182 pounds, when junior Dylan Nelson defeated his opponent with a first-period fall, at 1:26. The Vikings rolled to a 69-6 victory.
In a closer match with Redwood Valley, Fulda/MCC had six open weight classes and received one forfeit in a 44-27 loss. The Warriors won by fall when Clayton Hartle pinned his man at 113 pounds. F/MCC sophomore Nathan Beech (145) and Nelson (170) each earned pins as the dual went along.