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Huskies devour Trojans, 52-24

WORTHINGTON -- Even with falls from Eric Lease and Julio Casillas, the Worthington Trojan wrestling team came up short in a 52-24 loss to Jackson County Central Thursday night.

"I think we had some bright spots and obviously, some areas that we need to work on," Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said. "They were not full strength; they did not put a lot of their good kids out there in some of the matches, but that allowed us to see some good matches with some of our young kids against some of their young kids."

Lease, wrestling at 125 pounds, took a 2-0 lead early in the first period on a takedown, and tallied another three points for a near fall, as the seventh-grader had a 5-0 advantage after the first period over JCC's Tanner Menke.

After Menke scored three points on a near fall in the second period and tied the score at 5-all in the third, the two wrestlers traded points back and forth.

With the score knotted at 7-all, Lease made his move.

Using the cradle, Lease was able to pin Menke 5:16 into the match -- securing the first points for Worthington.

"I just tried to work the moves that Coach taught me, and it worked," Lease said. "I kept trying at it, and it ended up working. I just had to keep trying."

At 160 pounds, Casillas was pitted against Jared Tirevold.

Casillas controlled the match from the beginning, building a 6-1 lead early in the first period.

Tirevold was able to score two more points, but Casillas would not surrender, as the junior grappler recorded a fall just as the first period was ending, securing another six points for Worthington.

"It was good, but I wish I would have hit a shot faster, but it was nice," Casillas said. "I worked hard, and I did everything I could. I just wanted to put him away fast."

However, those would be the only two matches the Trojans would win outside of forfeits.

"Those were nice wins for those guys in both matches," Prunty said. "That's the great thing about wrestling -- no matter what the score is, if you put a kid on their back, you can put them away."

The Trojans started in a hole with three straight losses.

Darick Vancura started the scoring for Jackson County Central at 103 pounds.

Just 41 seconds into his match with Kyle Wiese, Vancura caught Wiese on his back and recorded a fall -- giving JCC a 6-0 lead.

At 112 pounds, Spencer Johnson took a 2-1 advantage over Joey Kinley of Worthington after the first period.

Johnson used a two-point takedown and a three-point near fall en route to a 9-1 advantage after the second period.

Kinley was able to score a reversal in the third period, but Johnson recorded an 11-3 major decision.

After a Worthington forfeit at 119 pounds to Jeff Pell, the Huskies had a 16-0 lead.

"I thought the first three guys wrestled well," JCC head coach Randy Baker said. "They are all seventh-graders, and they aren't the starters, but they did a really good job."

After Lease earned a pin at 125, Devin Burmeister got JCC back on the winning track with a close victory over Dayton Williamson.

Burmeister struck first and had a 2-0 lead after the first period and increased his lead to 6-2 in the second period.

Williamson would tie the score at 7-all, but three quick points from Burmeister sealed his 10-8 victory.

"In a number of matches, we went after some good wrestlers," Prunty said. "Dayton Williamson had a great match, even though it was a losing effort. We saw Dayton really open up on offense for one of the first times this year."

The next match of the night, 135 pounds, was also close.

Jessie Regalado from Worthington and JCC's Cole Von Ohlen had a tight match, with Von Ohlen taking a 4-2 lead after the first period.

Von Ohlen increased his lead to 8-3, but Regalado would not go quietly. He rallied to trail by just four, but could not get any closer as Von Ohlen won a 9-5 decision.

"Jessie Regalado was wrestling the defending state champ at 135, Cole Von Ohlen," Prunty said. "I'm not sure what the final score was, but it was fun to see him not back down and actually almost get a reversal at the end of the match."

Andrew Hodnefield needed just 1:15 to record a fall at 140 -- giving JCC a 28-6 advantage after seven weights.

"I was happy with how we wrestled for the most part," Baker said. "We made a couple mistakes, but I thought we wrestled good. We wrestled some young guys and some guys that haven't been in there very much."

JCC's Brandon Pygman built an 8-1 lead at 145 pounds before pinning Mike Hillesheim, and with a forfeit by Worthington at 152, the Huskies had a 40-6 lead.

Casillas' victory at 160 brought the score back to 40-12, but the final four weights were forfeited -- two by each team -- to end the dual, 52-24.

"We have too many matches on some of the guys with how many matches we've had on our schedule so far," Baker said. "One of our goals is to build for next year, so it was really good."

Worthington will be on the road Saturday at Luverne, with the invitational starting at 11 a.m., while JCC will be on the mat again Thursday at home against Windom/ML/B-O and Pipestone Area.

103 Vancura (J) fall :41 Wiese, 6-0

112 Johnson (J) maj dec 11-3 Kinley, 10-0

119 Pell (J) forfeit, 16-0

125 Lease (W) fall 5:16 Menke, 16-6

130 Burmeister (J) dec. 10-8 Williamson, 19-6

135 Von Ohlen (J) dec 9-5 Regalado, 22-6

140 Hodnefield (J) fall 1:15 Hotzler, 28-6

145 Pygman (J) fall 3:52 Hillesheim, 34-6

152 Phaengkhouane (J) forfeit, 40-6

160 Casillas (W) fall 2:00 Tirevold, 40-12

171 Phibbs (J) forfeit, 46-12

189 Tase (J) forfeit, 52-12

215 Steffl (W) forfeit, 52-18

Hwt. Schroeder (W) forfeit, 52-24