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Flores fall at HWT gives Trojan wrestlers a thrilling win over Marshall

It would come down to the heavyweights, junior Octavio Flores for Worthington and junior Keiton Walerius for Marshall. Flores was pinned by New Ulm’s Jaden Drill in 1:23 in his first match of the evening. But in meeting Walerius, he was pumped.

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Worthington Trojans Damon Schulz forces New Ulm's Marquavian Haefner's shoulders to the mat during a Triangular meet in the 145 Weight class Tuesday night. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- The countdown to the upset began building at 160 pounds, when Jaden Hennings pinned Lukas Stelter in 2:56. Then teammate Juan Guizar pinned Tucker Fiene in 1:40 at 170. At 182, Kent Lais stuck Gavin Schaefer in 50 seconds. At 195, Tanner Hennings decisioned Kadin Otto 9-2.

Worthington continued to look sharp at 220 as Tanner’s brother Cole lost 10-4 to Grant Louwagie -- who is ranked fifth in Class AA -- in a bout where the Trojan more than held his own.

The Trojan wrestlers, who trailed the state-ranked Marshall Tigers 24-9 through 152 pounds Tuesday night in a triangular meet at the WHS gym, suddenly led the Tigers 30-27 with just one more match to go.

It would come down to the heavyweights, junior Octavio Flores for Worthington and junior Keiton Walerius for Marshall. Flores was pinned by New Ulm’s Jaden Drill in 1:23 in his first match of the evening. But in meeting Walerius, he was pumped.

Flores, rounder, shorter, and a little bit heavier than the leaner Walerius, worked the head as the first period began. Walerius worked Flores’ head, too, according to directions shouted at him from the Tigers’ coaches. With 45 seconds remaining in the period, Flores scored first by snapping on his opponent’s head and spinning around for a takedown. About a minute later, he put Walerius on his back and kept him there. The fall, at 1:50, gave the Trojans a 36-27 upset win over one of their main Section 3AA rivals.

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As teammates celebrated near their hero, Flores rejoiced in the victory, too.

“I just did what my coaches were telling me to do. They were telling me to go heavy on the head, and once I had my chance, to go under and take it. This feels good because we don’t like Marshall. They thought they were gonna walk all over us, and they didn’t,” he said. “You just watch. We’re a team to watch this year.”

Tuesday was the first regular season mat action for the Trojans. For both New Ulm and Marshall, it wasn’t.

Worthington defeated New Ulm 45-30 in the evening’s first showdown, but head coach Kirk Feit didn’t feel his Trojans wrestled up to their potential. Marshall dispatched New Ulm 42-30 in the second match and in the third faced a WHS team that was loose and ready.

Flores was ready, too.

“My coaches, the whole time we were warming up, they kept telling me, ‘You got this down.’ I don’t think that sideline (the Marshall sideline) thought I was gonna beat that kid. I just fought hard and we got the W,” Flores explained.

Feit said before the season began that WHS may be the third-best team in its section, behind Fairmont/Martin County West (ranked fourth in Class AA) and Marshall. Tuesday’s match with the Tigers, he said, showed that the Trojans aren’t going to back down. Losing probably wasn’t an option for the Tigers, but it happened anyway.

“They weren’t planning on it. We were, but they weren’t,” Feit said.

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Feit believed that the first key match in the Marshall-Worthington encounter was at 145 pounds, where two outstanding competitors -- senior Damon Schutz for Worthington and freshman Tate Condezo for Marshall -- went into overtime, with Condezo winning 6-4.

A year ago, Condezo pinned Schutz.

Flores, said the coach, has been helped in the wrestling room by going against good partners in the Hemmings brothers. Flores works hard, too, and it paid off on Tuesday. The pre-match encouragement may also have helped.

“Sometimes we just need a little self-esteem boost before we go out there,” Feit said.

Worthington 45, New Ulm 30

106-Parker Kamm (NU) pinned Alex Galvez :56

113-Ethan Meyer (W) pinned Kaden Wilson 1:03

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120-Oscar Galvez (W) dec. Logan Lee 7-2

126-Winsten Nienhaues (NU) dec. Oliver Ortiz 9-2

132-Zaydan Abdulrahman (W) pinned Isaiah Rieser 3:30

138-Wyatt Pollard (NU) pinned Miat Htoo 5:29

145-Damon Schutz (W) pinned Marquavian Haefner 1:36

152-Ryan Wiltscheck (NU) dec. Mason Schutz 8-3

160-Jaden Hennings (W) pinned Ty Frederick 1:36

170-Juan Guizar (W) pinned Aaron Kauffmann 4:49

182-Cole Ranweiler (NU) pinned Kent Lais 1:33

195-Tanner Hennings (W) pinned Dylen Carreon 3:09

220-Cole Hennings (W) pinned Caleb Arndt 2:40

285-Jaden Drill (NU) pinned Octavio Flores 1:23

Worthington 36, Marshall 27

106-Landon Marthaler (M) pinned Alex Galvez 4:46

113-Ethan Meyer (W) dec. Drew Chandler 3-1

120-Oscar Galvez (W) dec. Aidan Mattison 6-5

126-Brett Regnier (M) pinned Oliver Ortiz 3:30

132-Dylan Louwagie (M) pinned Zaydan Abdulrahman 4:49

138-Miat Htoo (W) dec. Christian Vlaminck 8-4

145-Tate Condezo (M) dec. Damon Schutz 6-4 in OT

152-Josh Kraft (M) dec. Chase Byrne 5-2

160-Jaden Hennings (W) pinned Lukas Stelter 2:56

170-Juan Guizar (W) pinned Tucker Fiene 1:40

182-Kent Lais (W) pinned Gavin Schaefer :50

195-Tanner Hennings (W) dec. Kadin Otto 9-2

220-Grant Louwagie (M) dec. Cole Hennings 10-4

285-Octavio Flores (W) pinned Keiton Walerius 1:50

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Worthington Trojans Zaydan Abdulrahman starts to roll New Ulm Isaiah Rieser over for the fall in the 132 weight class during a Triangular that also included Marshall Tuesday night.(Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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