Worthington wrestles its way over RRC/W-WG
WORTHINGTON -- Winning six of the first seven matches to build a 25-6 lead Tuesday night, the Worthington Trojans wrestling team went on to earn a 40-24 victory over Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
"From 103 pounds to heavyweight, this was a complete team effort," Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said following the dual. "We've made a lot of improvements over the past few weeks, and it really showed on the mat tonight."
Worthington's Joe Kinley got things started with an 8-0 victory at 103 pounds over RRC/W-WG's Taylor Vollmer, putting the Trojans up 4-0.
RRC/W-WG then won the next match to gain its first -- and only -- lead of the night (6-4), as Jordan Vollmer pinned Kyle Wiese in 1:26 at 112 pounds.
Worthington would then go on a 5-0 match run, scoring 21 consecutive points to take command of the dual.
The Trojans' Tyler Stugelmeyer started the rally with a pin of Brandon Bierl in 2:19 at 119 pounds, giving Worthington a 10-6 lead -- one it would not relinquish the rest of the night.
Worthington's Dayton Williamson then made it 13-6 with an 8-4 victory over Donnie Becerra at 125 pounds.
Bounon Tonsay increased the Trojans' lead to 19-6 with a pin in 1:38 over Jared Harnack in the 130-pound match.
Jessie Regalado of Worthington then produced a 9-2 win over Jesse Becerra at 135 pounds, putting the Trojans up by 16 (22-6).
The night's biggest match might have been the 140-pound event, as Worthington's Matt Steffl scored three points in the final five seconds of the third period to defeat Nathan Mattison by a score of 6-4, putting the Trojans up for good, 25-6.
"That was a huge victory and confidence-builder for both Matt and our team," Prunty said. "We scored a lot of points in the final seconds of periods tonight, and that really helped us keep the momentum on our side."
RRC/W-WG's Charlie Hubert got six points back for his team with a pin over Luis Garcia in 5:44 at 145 pounds, bringing the Falcons to within 13 (25-12).
Nathan Wajer then scored a 3-1 victory for Worthington at 152 pounds, defeating Gavin Mattison to generate a 28-12 Trojan lead.
However, RRC/W-WG would win the next three matches to pull within four points (28-24) with just two events remaining.
Nick Schroeder sparked the Falcons with a pin in 2:50 over Julio Casillas at 160 pounds, making it 28-18.
RRC/W-WG's Taylor Mattison then outscored Corey Steffl 3-1 to make it 28-21 after the 171-pound event.
The Falcons also earned a key victory at 189 pounds as Michael Koch defeated Jacob Steffl 5-2 to bring the score to 28-24.
But RRC/W-WG forfeited the last two matches (215 pounds and heavyweight) to give Bryant Schroeder and Jordan Schroeder respective victories, icing the victory for WHS.
Worthington (2-1) travels to Montevideo Thursday, and will face both the host team and T-M-B, starting at 5 p.m.
103 Kinley (W) m.d. T. Vollmer 8-0 4-0
112 J. Vollmer (R) pin Wiese 1:26 4-6
119 Stugelmeyer (W) pin Bierl 2:19 10-6
125 Williamson (W) def. D. Becerra 8-4 13-6
130 Tonsay (W) pin Harnack 1:38 19-6
135 Regalado (W) def. J. Becerra 9-2 22-6
140 M. Steffl (W) def. N. Mattison 6-4 25-6
145 Hubert (R) pin Garcia 5:44 25-12
152 Wajer (W) def. G. Mattison 3-1 28-12
160 N. Schroeder (R) pin Casillas 2:50 28-18
171 T. Mattison (R) def. C. Steffl 3-1 28-21
189 Koch (R) def. J. Steffl 5-2 28-24
215 B. Schroeder (W) forfeit 34-24
HWT J. Schroeder (W) forfeit 40-24