Prep wrestling: W/ML flexes its mat muscles
WINDOM — Windom/Mountain Lake defended its home mat well Thursday night.
The Cobras outlasted both Luverne and Worthington in a Southwest Conference wrestling triangular at Windom.
The wins for the Cobras came in the face of adversity, as they lost two wrestlers to injury earlier this week in practice.
“In both duals, we looked really good. Our guys showed up to wrestle,” W/ML co-head coach Nick Kulseth said. “We stepped up and had to make some adjustments. Every guy up-and-down our lineup wrestled tough.”
The Cobras took care of Luverne easily, starting the dual off with an 18-0 lead after pins from Alex Borsgard (106), Wyatt Stevens (113), Hunter Quiring (120) and Joe Fischenich (126). W/ML 138-pounder Luis Ramirez beat Luverne’s Jeremiah Dooyema in impressive fashion to get the Cobras back on track after a win by Luverne sophomore Adam Fodness at 132.
Windom/ML finished off the dual, winning all but one of its remaining matches to pull away.
The Cardinals struggled against Worthington, as the Trojans took advantage of five open weight classes and won easily. Worthington won 11 matches against Luverne on the night.
Fielding a team of just two seniors, Luverne is a young team. While competition proved stiff for the club to handle Thursday, coach Craig Schneider maintained that the goal will still be for the team to finish the season well.
“We have some things to work on. It is our first match of the year after a long three weeks of practice,” Schneider said. “We came out a little flat. The kids will be fighters and we hope to get better throughout the year. Our goal isn’t to win the world right now but it is to go out at sections and wrestle our best.”
Windom/Mountain Lake defeated Worthington in a suspenseful tussle for the nightcap. The Cobras trailed 5-0 following a technical fall by Hser Eh Pwae at 106 pounds. Windom/ML senior Hunter Quiring decisioned Hser Moo Pwae at 120 pounds, in entertaining fashion, winning 18-14 as time expired. The Cobras made a five-win swing, winning at 132, 138, 145, 152 and 160 to help put away the night.
Worthington’s Zach Kempema earned a pin at 170 pounds, Blake Schroeder pinned his man at 182 pounds and Carson Hagen earned a pin at 195 for the Trojans, but the surge wouldn’t be enough. The Cobras finished off the win with victories at 220 and 285.
Hagen was a leader for Worthington on the night and is Class AA’s third-ranked wrestler at 195 pounds, according to The Guillotine. He won over Class A's seventh-ranked Spencer Oeltjenbruns of Luverne and wrestled strongly to a 2-0 decision against Windom/Mountain Lake’s Austin Ewing in the nightcap.
“I should have done better. He’s ranked and I wanted to get a feel for him,” Hagen said. “I did OK. Against Luverne our team looked pretty decent. Against Windom we just have small things to work on. We just have to be less sloppy and slow down.”
Worthington coach Mark Prunty echoed Hagen’s comments, as all three teams from Thursday’s triangular will join a tough 10-team field at Jackson for a tournament on Saturday.
“In some ways, it was evident that this was our first match of the year. We have to get in better shape with some of the basics. We’re still putting some very inexperienced kids on the mat, and that showed,” Prunty said. “We lost a few really close matches, losing two matches in the last 10 seconds. If you do the math that is a 12-point swing right there.
“We’re proud of our kids but we just need to get better,” he added. “Windom has a lot of good kids. It’s good competition. We may get to see some of them at the individual tournament.”
The Cobras begin their season at 2-0 while Worthington starts 1-1 after the win over Luverne. The Cardinals begin 0-2 after their opening night.
Worthington 55, Luverne 15 106: Eh Pwae (W) tech. fall Baker (L), 113: Moo Pwae (W) dec. Renken (L) 10-0, 120: Pavelko (W) pinned Gillette (L) 4:57, 126: Luft (W) maj. Dec. Hess (L) 14-3, 132: Fodness (L) pinned Comancho (W) 3:27, 138: Dooyema (L) dec. Blanchette (W) 8-1, 145: Michelson (W) dec. Nielsen (L) 5-3, 152: Riley (W) won by forfeit, 160: Kempema (W) won by forfeit, 170: Schroeder (W) won by forfeit, 182: Olsen (L) pinned Bartels (W) 4:09, 195: Hagen (W) dec. Oeltjenbruns 2-0, 220: Abraham (W) won by forfeit, 285: Veen (W) won by forfeit.
Windom/Mountain Lake 64, Luverne 12 106: Borsgard (W/ML) pins Baker (L) 5:50, 113: Stevens (W/ML) pins Renken (L) :20, 120: Quiring (W/ML) pinned Gillette (L) 1:02, 126: Fischenich (W/ML) pinned Hess (L) 1:38, 132: Fodness (L) dec. Boyd 8-2, 138: Ramirez (W/ML) pinned Dooyema (L) 5:15, 145: Willaby (W/ML) maj. Dec. Nielsen 16-6, 152: Matter (W/ML) won by forfeit, 160: Larson (W/ML) won by forfeit, 170: Moller (W/ML) won by forfeit, 182: Olson (L) dec. Mutz (W/ML) 7-4, 195: Johnson (W/ML) pinned Oeltjenbruns (L) 1:35, 220: Ewing (W/ML) won by forfeit, 285: Guttierez (W/ML) won by forfeit
Windom/Mountain Lake 44, Worthington 29 106: Eh Pwae (W) tech fall Borsgard (W/ML), 113: Stevens (W/ML) won by forfeit, 120: Quiring (W/ML) dec. Moo Pwae (W) 18-14, 126: Luft (W) pinned Fast (W/ML) 3:47, 132: Fischnich (W/ML) pinned Commacho (W) 1:28 , 138: Ramirez (W/ML) dec. Blanchette (W) 9-4, 145: Willaby (W/ML) tech. fall Michehlson (W) 4:00, 152: Ben Matter (W/ML) won by forfeit, 160: Larson (W/ML) pinned Riley (W) :38 , 170: Kempema (W) pinned Moeller (W/ML) 3:11, 182: Schroeder (W) pinned Mutz (W/ML) 2:51, 195: Hagen (W) pinned Ewing (W/ML) 1:16, 220: Johnson (W/ML) pinned Abraham (W) :45, 285: Guttierez (W/ML) dec. Veen (W) 5-2.