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Wrestling: Adrian holds on to beat Windom/ML

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Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

ADRIAN — As many wrestling duals have gone between Adrian and Windom/Mountain Lake, Thursday evening’s Section 3A opening round tilt between the schools at Adrian High School did not come without its share of excitement.

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Following dramatic swings on and off the mat, Adrian advanced a 31-27 victor with a fall earned in the night’s final match. The Dragons will wrestle Wabasso/Red Rock Central in the section’s semifinal round Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner there will face either Minneota/Lincoln HI or Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg for a chance to go to state in the match following.

“We’re lucky to escape with our lives. I said Windom could beat us. I said it last week and said it today,” Adrian head coach Gregg Nelson said. “They wrestled well and I don’t think we wrestled up to our full potential. They did what they had to do to try and win.”

The Cobras won the opening coin flip determining which coach decides matchups when and it favored them for much of the night. Windom/ML got its favorable matchups at 120 pounds and 126 and gleaned wins at both of those weights to mount a 10-4 lead on its hosts at that point.

Cobras junior Joe Fischenich, ranked fourth among the state’s 120-pounders, wrestled a dominant second period to defeat Adrian’s Ryan Elias by 6-2 decision. At 126 pounds, senior Hunter Quiring took care of Adrian’s Logan Nelson by 7-2 decision.

“We were right where we wanted to be with them going into 195 and our guys showed so much heart,” Windom/Mountain Lake co-head coach Nick Kulseth said. “We’ve been training all year for this and came up a little bit short, but Adrian wrestled well tonight.”

Trailing 22-12 going into the 170-pound bout, the Dragons finished off their victory by taking four of the night’s last five weights. Matthew Slater (170), Jesse Slater (182), Ben Tarcena (195) and Gavin Englkes (285) were all winners down the home stretch for the Dragons.

The match was tied going into the final bout, at 27-all, and Englkes’ 58-second pin sealed it. The match saw a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties called on the Dragons and another on the Cobras. That and a variety of other circumstances cost each teams points and provided added energy to an already closely contested match.

“We had a lot of team points we gave away. The unsportsmanlike (penalties) and things like that are not acceptable,” Nelson said. “I don’t know what the boys were thinking, but you don’t do that. That will get taken care of.

“We lost some points where we should’ve gotten pins and we got tech falls and where we should’ve gotten tech falls we got major (decisions). You add up team points we gave away — and them wrestling well — and it equaled a scary night for the Dragons.”

Adrian 31, Windom/Mountain Lake 27 106: Hieronimus (A) major dec. Wiens 14-3; 113: Stevens (W) major dec. Kern 17-9; 120: Fischenich (W) dec. Elias 6-2; 126: Quiring (W) dec. Nelson 7-2; 132: Willaby (W) major dec. Preuss 14-5; 138: Lynn (A) tech fall Ramirez 5:58; 145: Rogers (A) dec. Suess 9-5; 152: Matter (W) tech fall VanDyke 5:49; 160: Larson (W) dec. Heitkamp 6-3; 170: M. Slater (A) pin Mutz 1:14; 182: J. Slater (A) win by forfeit; 195: Tarcena (A) dec. Junker 3-1 OT; 220: Johnson (W) pin Gyberg 3:25; 285: Englkes (A) pin Garcia, Jr. :58.

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