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Wrestling: JCC, Adrian go up against the best

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ROCHESTER —A wide array of 32 teams hailing from several Midwestern states and places such as New Jersey, California and Alabama converged on Rochester Community and Technical College Friday to compete in the opening day of the The Clash XII dual team wrestling tournament.

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Class A’s top-ranked Jackson County Central opened its weekend by besting Thompson, from Alabama, 42-33. The Huskies trailed 22-0 in the meeting before gaining five straight pins that provided a decisive push. Those pins came from Paden Moore (160), Luke Norland (170), Keegan Moore (182), Chris Baker (195) and Jack Ziemer (220).

JCC gave up decisions in the dual at both 285 and 106 and a major decision at 120, but pins earned by Dalton Wagner (113) and Jordan Biehn (126) helped put it away.

Jackson County Central’s second match of the day was a loss to Glenbard North, a school from the western suburbs of Chicago. The Panthers racked up four straight pins, at 132, 138, 145 and 152, to capture the 51-25 victory.

JCC’s Paden Moore earned a pin in 3:19 at 160 pounds and Luke Norland won by 5-2 decision against his opponent at 170. Keegan Moore (195) and Jack Ziemer were winners at 195 and 220 respectively and Dalton Wagner beat his opponent by major decision at 113.

In the day cap for the Huskies, the team beat Kasson-Mantorville 48-27. The Huskies had pins come from Jared Bakalyar (138), Paden Moore (160), Baker (195), Wagner (113), Ryker VanderWoude (120), Biehn (126) and Dakota Rossow (132) in the dual.

“I think we had an OK day. It wasn’t great, but we had some guys step up at times,” JCC wrestling coach Randy Baker summed up. “I’m not sure if we could’ve beaten Glenbard. We didn’t get our stuff going and they had some pretty good kids. We’re just trying to get better and are trying to pick up our intensity so that we’re comfortable and in positions to score.”

JCC is slated to return to The Clash today. The Huskies will host Marshall and Worthington in a Southwest Conference dual Thursday night before traveling next Saturday to a tournament at Sioux City East (Iowa).

“It will be three tough duals again Saturday, and they may be tougher than today. It comes down to matchups and whether your guys are wrestling through their entire matches,” Baker said. “We have to get the entire six minutes out of them and they need to fight to the win.

“Some of our guys are young and need some time to improve and they need some encouragement,” Baker added. “We’ll get six duals out of this event and hopefully we’ll get better from it.”

Adrian wrestlers

swept on day one

Adrian, currently ranked fourth in Class A, lost three duals in one day at The Clash XII tournament. Two were to nationally ranked teams.

The Dragons opened their day with a 60-9 loss against Oak Park-River Forest, the No. 2 ranked team nationwide, but steadily improved throughout the day, losing to West Fargo, N.D., 39-24, and 34-30 to Parkston, S.D.

After falling handily in the opener, Adrian rallied from losing a major decision at 132 against West Fargo with a second period pin at 138 pounds by Tony Lynn.

The Packers came back to win by decision at 145 and 152 and by fall at 160 and 170. Adrian’s Jesse Slater (182), Skylar Hieronimus (106), Alex Fuerstenberg (113) and Ryan Elias (120) all gained points for the Dragons. But it was not enough.

The Dragons improved even more against Parkston, a team they fell to earlier this season 32-24. This time, only four points separated the two clubs. Adrian opened an early lead with a decision by Lynn and a pin by Logan Rogers (145). Parkston then widened the gap with a decisive four-match run, winning at 182, 195, 220 and 285.

“We had our chances to win against Parkston and came up a little short. Oak Park is ranked second in the country, so that is kind of what you can expect from that one,” Adrian wrestling coach Gregg Nelson said. “West Fargo is ranked in the country, too, and is ranked first in North Dakota. It was good competition, though, and I thought we wrestled well.

“It’s not like we did anything wrong,” he added. “We just didn’t have some of the depth and talent to run against some of those teams today.”

Adrian will wrestle three more matches in Rochester today.

“Hopefully we can come back with a similar effort. We had a pretty tough pool there Friday,” Nelson said. “They’re all tough, but ours was especially good. There were four nationally ranked teams in our pool.”

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