BY AARON HAGEN
WORTHINGTON -- Damon Schutz isn’t exactly sure what the move is called.
Or if he’ll be able to pull it off again.
But the freshman on Worthington’s wrestling team scored points late to earn a decision on Tuesday night against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
“I was hoping for it. That’s a very risky move, I probably won’t ever hit that again,” he said. “I was just waiting for some pressure and he just stopped and gave me some pressure and I just threw it. I thank God that I got it.”
Schutz was one of six winners for the Trojans against the Panthers, but T-M-B/W-WG came away with a 32-25 victory.
“Last year that’s a team I think we beat them by two and they pretty much have everybody coming back,” WHS head coach Mark Prunty said. “We tried to make some moves to put the best lineup we possibly can on the mat. It just didn’t go our way tonight. But give them a lot of credit. They are a ranked team in A and they are going to be very, very competitive in their section.”
Wrestling at 113, Schutz was tied at 2 heading into the third period.
“He was pretty big,” Schutz said. “I was a little tired from cutting, but that didn’t affect me too much. He was a little bit taller than me, so it was hard to get in on some shots. He had great defense though.”
Schutz cut his opponent and trailed by a point late into the third. However, in the final 15 seconds, he made his move en route to a 6-3 victory.
“You get in a front headlock and you just wait for them to put in some pressure,” Schutz said. “Then you throw your right or left leg -- depends what side you’re on -- I was on the side where you had to throw your right leg between the middle of their legs. Then you just roll straight backwards. That’s why it’s pretty dangerous.”
The Trojans also earned victories from Jacob Prunty, Ethan Pavelko and Brayden Donkersloot. Mason Byrne (182) and Adam Russell (285) each won by forfeit.
“They beat us is a tight dual last year, I think it was 34-32, a really good battle,” T-M-B/W-WG head coach Karl Campbell said. “And they went on to make the state tournament. We certainly wanted to come in here and compete well. It wasn’t always pretty, but the kids found a way to grind it out. I’m really, really pleased with that.”
The Panthers earned bonus points in four different matches, two by major decisions and two by fall.
“We talked about that before the dual that bonus points were going to be huge tonight,” Campbell said. “The other thing was we were fortunate enough to win the flip, so we had some options there. Things might have been a little tougher to get to where we were if we wouldn’t have won that flip. Our big guys finished well for us.”
Ayden Horner earned a major decision at 106 for the Panthers, while Levi Ellingson won by fall at 120. Anthony Axford won by major decisions at 145 and Trevor Eisfeld pinned his opponent at 170.
Jacob Prunty won by major decision at 132 before WHS got back-to-back wins in the middle. Pavelko led from the start in a 9-6 decision at 152 before Donkersloot jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back in a 7-3 decision.
“It’s not like we came out and wrestled flat,” Mark Prunty said. “This is our first match of the new year after a long break. I thought we looked good that way. It was just we were up against a pretty good opponent this time. We lost the coin flip, so that really affected what we were able to do.”
106: Horner (TMBWWG) MD Martinez 14-2; 113: Schutz (W) dec. Johnson 6-3; 120: L.Ellingson (TMBWWG) pin Abdulrahman 2:24; 126: D.Ellingson (TMBWWG) dec. Artiga 1-0; 132: Prunty (W) MD Perez 13-4; 138: Vandendriesse (TMBWWG) dec. Hennings 3-2; 145: An.Axford (TMBWWG) MD Paw 18-4; 152: Pavelko (W) dec. Au.Axford 9-6; 160: Donkersloot (W) dec. Schwartz 7-3; 170: Eisfeld (TMBWWG) pin Mullaney 5:11; 182: Byrne (W) by forfeit; 195: Paplow (TMBWWG) dec. Herrera 3-2; 220: Buchholz (TMBWWG) dec. Neuberger 8-3; 285: Russell (W) by forfeit.