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Arrows spear Trojans, 54-18

WORTHINGTON -- Behind four forfeits and four pins, the Pipestone Area Arrows defeated Worthington, 54-18, in a wrestling dual Thursday.

"When you are giving up 24 points, it is going to be very, very difficult to come out on top in the dual," Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said. "So, you look at the individual matches and how they wrestled, and you look at the spirit on the bench. We're continuing to improve and get better."

PA picked up forfeit points at 125, 152, 171 and 189 pounds en route to the lopsided victory.

"Anytime you get a win, it's a good ride home," PA head coach Brian Bos said. "But there's always little things in everybody that you can find to work on, so hopefully we can pinpoint some of those and get ready for the end of the year."

At 103, PA's John Bush took a quick 2-0 lead in the first period. However, Worthington's Kyle Wiese picked up a point early in the second period before Bush made his move. Bush earned two points for a takedown and continued until he picked up a fall with just 19 seconds left in the second period.

"It was hard to get a takedown on him," Bush said. "But I kept trying and working and I finally got one. It was tough to get a pinning combination on him, but I finally got it."

After Worthington's Joey Kinley picked up six team points in a forfeit at 112 pounds, Eric Lease (Worthington) and Nathan Dubblede took the mat.

As the two traded points back and forth, Lease was able to get in a good position and pin his opponent with 31 seconds left in the second period.

"I don't know, I just got lucky," Lease said of his pin. "I tried to work the cradle, and he put his head down, so took what he gave me."

Jadon Evans picked up a forfeit victory for PA at 125 pounds, while at 130 pounds, Taylor Aaland was able to turn a takedown into a fall over Edgar Gutierrez in 1:36, giving PA a 21-12 advantage.

PA's Dustin Hachman and Worthington's Dayton Williamson had a tight match at 135 pounds.

With a scoreless first period, Hachman got on the board first with an escape in the second period, and followed with a take down. However, Williamson got on the board with an escape, but could not cut into the lead, falling 3-1.

After three consecutive losses, Jessie Regalado got the Trojans back on the board again.

Earning a pair of take down points over Brandan Alfson, Regalado had a 4-1 advantage after the first period.

Alfson started the second with an escape point, but after a pair of injury stoppages, Alfson allowed another point to Regalado, as the sophomore had a 5-2 advantage.

Regalado scored three more points in the third period to take an 8-2 victory.

"I just took my technique and tried to take him down," Regalado said. "I was rough on the kid."

Adam Bullerman answered with a fall (1:42) for PA over Nate Hotzler -- pushing the Arrow advantage to 27-15.

"I've practiced really hard in the room, and takedowns are a big key to getting there," Bullerman said. "He's a good wrestler, and with my takedowns, it was a pretty good match."

After a forfeit at 152 pounds, Worthington's Julio Casillas and PA's Jared Purdin had a hard-fought, high-scoring match.

Purdin had a 4-2 advantage after the first period, and increased the lead to 7-4 on an escape and a takedown in the second period.

However, in the third period, Casillas would not go quietly.

Scoring first on an escape, Purdin answered with a takedown, but Casillas was able to escape, bringing the score to 9-6.

Casillas scored a two-point takedown late in the match, but could not overcome the deficit in a 13-10 loss.

"Dayton's match was a close match and Julio Casillas' was a close match," Prunty said. "We'll get another chance to wrestle Pipestone again in a couple of weeks possibly. Those are matches that they will be looking forward to for another chance to wrestle the Pipestone opponents."

After two more forfeits at 171 and 189 pounds, PA's Sean Ennen and Jake Steffl took the mat with PA leading the dual, 48-15.

Ennen had a 2-1 lead after the first period, but an escape by Steffl left the match tied at 2-all after two periods.

"Sean at 215 was really looking to get something locked up, and eventually got it," Bos said. "He has been wrestling well all year long."

After a two point takedown in the early going by Ennen and an escape by Steffl left the score 4-3, Ennen sealed the victory with a pin half-way through the final period.

"He wasn't really doing much, so I just waited for the right time, and I ended up catching him," Ennen said. "He came into me and I started pushing him back and threw him to his back, then I pinned him."

After a scoreless first period at heavyweight, Jordan Schroeder took a 2-1 advantage after the second period.

Schroeder was able to score three more points in the final period over PA's Travis Plahn, giving the Trojan a 5-1 victory.

"I knew it was going to be a tough match," Schroeder said. "My brother wrestled the same kid last year, and he said it would be a tough match for me, so I knew coming in that I would have to work my butt off."

However, it wasn't enough for the Trojans in a 54-18 defeat.

"Obviously we wanted the outcome to be different in the score," Prunty said. "But Pipestone is a good team. They have six seniors in their lineup, and that showed tonight. I thought our kids went out and wrestled hard and didn't back down from a team that does have a little more experience than we do."

PA will be on the mat again at Colton, S.D. Saturday, while Worthington will host JCC Thursday.

103 Bush (PA) fall 3: 41 Wiese, 6-0

112 Kinley (W) forfeit, 6-6

119 Lease (W) fall 3:29 Dubblede, 12-6

125 Evans (PA) forfeit, 18-6

130 Aaland (PA) fall 1:36 Gutierrez, 18-12

135 Hachman (PA) dec. 3-1 Williamson, 21-12

140 Regalado (W) dec. 8-2 Alfson, 21-15

145 Bullerman (PA) fall 1:42 Hotzler, 27-15

152 Evans (PA) forfeit, 33-15

160 Purdin (PA) dec. 13-10 Casillas, 36-15

171 Larson (PA) forfeit, 42-15

189 Gorter (PA) forfeit, 48-15

215 Ennen (PA) fall 4:28 Steffl, 54-15

Hwt. Schroeder (W) dec. 5-1 Plahn, 54-18