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Wrestling: Trojans win, Adrian picks up two

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WORTHINGTON — The early bird gets the worm, they say, and the Worthington Trojans proved it is true Tuesday on their home wrestling mat.

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Winning the first four matches of the night with conviction, the Trojans defeated Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 61-12, in a clash of two teams from the south portion of Section 3AA.

“They’re a common section opponent and have a lot of good, young talent on their team,” Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said of the Panthers. “They’re dangerous. We knew we had to wrestle well to beat them, and we did.”

Eighth-graders Jacob Prunty (106) and Ethan Pavelko (113), sophomore Hser Moo Pwae (120) and senior Anthony Luft (126) provided the early push for their team. Moo Pwae and Luft’s wins were by fall.

T-M-B/W-WG got going with a win at 132 pounds, with a pin from sophomore Logan Axford. The win was Axford’s 50th career pin. Panthers senior Caleb Christian then defeated Worthington’s King Blanchette by 6-2 decision a bout later.

“They kind of got the momentum shifted in their direction, and at 145, Cody (Michelson) did a nice job of working himself back into his match and getting the pin,” Prunty said.

Michelson’s match, at 145 pounds, picked the Trojans back up and helped surge the 19-9 spread into the big win. It started a run where Worthington had five pins in the final eight matches. Michelson’s fall came quickly in a bout tied at eight points with 10 seconds left in the second frame.

“I think I could’ve gotten a few more takedowns in the beginning,” Michelson said of his tussle against Panthers senior Kyle Gilbertson. “I was happy with our team’s effort, though. We did pretty well.”

Worthington freshman Vince Riley (152) pinned Panthers senior Sterling Schwartz, senior Zach Kempema (160) won by forfeit, Blake Schroeder (170) won by fall, freshman Nic Putnam (182) won by fall and junior Carson Hagen won at 220 pounds by fall to put the dual completely out of reach. It was Hagen's 75th career win.

At heavyweight, T-M-B/W-WG junior Lane Anderson had a 5-2 decision over Trevor Wietzema, handing the Panthers their third and final win of the night.

“The main thing is that we’re trying to get a little better every time we go out there,” Panthers head wrestling coach Karl Campbell said after the dual. “Logan getting his 50th pin is a nice milestone for a sophomore.”

With a win over a section opponent, Worthington will gear up for a trip to Slayton Thursday to face Fulda/Murray County Central and Fairmont/Martin County West. The Trojans, now 4-6 on their season, will travel to Luverne for a tournament Saturday. The Panthers (4-11) will wrestle Fairmont/MCW Friday night.

“Thursday is another huge south section match,” Prunty said. “Fairmont/MCW is really wrestling tough right now.”

Worthington 61, T-M-B/W-WG 12

106: Prunty (W) dec. Perez 14-12; 113: Pavelko (W) maj. dec. Byrne 10-2; 120: Moo Pwae (W) pin Mayer 1:44; 126: Luft (W) pin Illg 3:16; 132: Axford (T) pin Camacho 3:22; 138: Christian (T) dec. Blanchette 6-2; 145: Michelson (W) pin Gilbertson 3:50; 152: Riley (W) pin Schwartz 1:35; 160: Kempema (W) won by forfeit; 170: Schroeder (W) pin Zvorak 1:34; 182: Putnam (W) pin Olson 4:24; 195: Abraham (W) won by forfeit; 220: Hagen (W) pin Her 2:13; 285: Anderson (T) dec. Wietzema 5-2.

Adrian Double Dual

ADRIAN — Adrian earned two wrestling wins in a double dual at home with Canby and Wabasso/Red Rock Central.

The Dragons defeated Canby 39-22, having pins come from Michael Preuss (132), Tony Lynn (138), Matthew Slater (152) and heavyweight Gavin Englkes in the match. Skylar Hieronimus won by tech fall at 106. The team also had a major decision from Jesse Slater (170).

Adrian defeated Wabasso/RRC with falls earned by Matthew Slater (152) and Jesse Slater (170) and tech falls earned by Hieronimus and Lynn.

Adrian (17-5) travels to Windom Area/Mountain Lake Thursday night.

Pipestone Area Triangular

PIPESTONE — Pipestone Area picked up two wins in its own gym and Windom Area/Mountain Lake took the other in a triangular in Pipestone.

After the Cobras beat Redwood Valley 51-24 in a dual that featured falls by W/ML wrestlers Alex Borsgard (106), Ben Matter (152), Gavin Mutz (170) and Jacob Junker (195), the hometown Arrows rolled over the Cardinals 57-18. David Berger (106), Will Smith (170), Cole Staples (195) and Blake Wolters (220) all won by fall for the Arrows.

In the nightcap, Pipestone Area trailed Windom/Mountain Lake with two matches to go, 26-23. Wolters (220) and Derik Evans (285) won by fall for the Arrows to put away the 35-26 triumph.

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