Prep wrestling: Big night, big wins for Worthington

ZACH WORTHINGTON -- A No. 1 seed in the Section 3AA Tournament looks well within reach for Worthington.Thursday's results helped the Trojans move one step closer to hosting the first round of the team tournament. They kno...

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TIM MIDDAGH/DAILY GLOBE Fulda/MCC Warrior Ben Blanchette (132 pounds) attempts to flip Fairmont/Martin County West’s Payton Anderson to his back in their match Thursday.


WORTHINGTON - A No. 1 seed in the Section 3AA Tournament looks well within reach for Worthington.
Thursday’s results helped the Trojans move one step closer to hosting the first round of the team tournament. They knocked off Section 3AA South foes Fairmont/Martin County West (39-25) and Fulda/Murray County Central (63-15). F/MCW took the night’s opening dual 54-15.
“Tonight was a really important night for us,” Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said. “Not only were both of these teams sectional opponents, but they’re also in the southern part of the section. Seeding’s not done, but this will give us a good chance to get the No. 1 seed and, more importantly, another home meet.”
Worthington 39, F/MCW 25
The tightest matchup of the night was that between Worthington and the Red Bulls. It was a closer-than-it-looked contest between a pair of scrappy teams that wasn’t really decided until late in the dual.
“We knew that Fairmont was very, very good in each spot from 106 all the way up to 145,” Prunty said. “I thought our guys wrestled really tough and we picked up a couple of tight wins. Honestly, the match went about as we expected. We knew it was going to be tough and close.”
The Trojans forfeited the 106-pound class before the match’s marquee battle at 113. Jacob Prunty -ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds in Class AA - took on Jordan Wolter, who is No. 9 in Class AA at 113 pounds.
Both grapplers were scoreless through two periods before an escape early in the third put Wolter on top 1-0. He held that advantage until Prunty went for the single-leg takedown with 45 seconds on the clock. He got it and took a 2-1 lead. It appeared he was going to ride out the victory until he was called for stalling with only three seconds left. Wolter was awarded a point and the bout went to overtime at 2-2.
The score sat there through the one-minute sudden victory period, then again through the first 30-second ultimate tiebreaker. Finally, with less than 10 seconds left in the final ultimate tiebreaker period, Prunty spun Wolter to his back for a 2-point reversal. That gave him a thrilling 4-2 victory.
“You’ve got two state-ranked kids and it’s good for Jacob to have those kind of matches,” coach Prunty said. “He kept battling. In the first and the second periods, I thought Jordan did a good job of slowing it down and controlling the tie-ups. Jacob kept battling. He’s got a lot of tools that he can fall back on.”
Hser Eh Pwae - ranked No. 3 at 113 - won a 5-0 decision at 120 pounds and Hser Moo Pwae - No. 9 at 120 - added a 4-0 victory at 126 pounds to swing the lead to the Trojans at 9-6.
F/MCW came back to take the next three, one by major decision. That gave it a 16-9 lead halfway thought the match. Mason Byrne single-handedly swung the momentum back to the Trojans. He was trailing Dayton Nielsen in the second period at 152 pounds when a reversal quickly turned into a pin in 3:36, getting Worthington within one at 16-15.
That changed the match dramatically. Cody Michelson (160) followed with a fall before a forfeit to Vince Riley and a first period pin for Brandon Kempema. That gave Worthington 24 unanswered points and a 33-16 lead.
“Mason got a huge pin and Cody followed him with one that was just as huge,” coach Prunty said. “We knew that we needed to get that win at 152 and Mason fell behind but he came back and got the job done. Then after Cody pinned his guy we were pretty confident after that.”
The Red Bulls had just two wrestlers to fill the remaining three weight classes, meaning that Worthington lead was insurmountable.
Worthington 63, F/MCC 15
The Trojans already held an 18-6 lead when wrestling began against F/MCC thanks to four forfeits to begin the dual - three for the Warriors and one by WHS.
F/MCC’s Ben Blanchette - ranked No. 7 at 132 pounds in Class AA - gave Warrior fans something to cheer about early with a second period technical fall of 17-1. Clayton Hartle followed that with a major decision at 138 to get the visitors within three at 18-15, but they just didn’t have the manpower to keep up with Worthington.
Michelson, Riley, Nic Putnam and Ty Veen all got pins to seal it for the Trojans. The first of those two took 41 seconds with Putnam needing only 11 seconds at 220. Veen finished his 285-pound match in 1:36.
“Tonight was the second time in a row where our upper weights really got the job done,” coach Prunty said. “They went out there and not just got the win, but they also got bonus points for us.”
Fairmont/MCW 54, Fulda/MCC 15
Three open weights and a loss by fall at 106 pounds put the Warriors in a 24-0 hole before putting some points on the board. Those came courtesy of Blanchette, who took a 9-4 decision at 132.
The Red Bulls built their lead to 36-3 before F/MCC picked up another victory at 160 pounds. There, Tate Meyer got Parker Anderson to his back for a pin in 1:50. John Sweetman won by forfeit at 170 to get the Warriors to their closest disadvantage down the stretch at 36-15.
Luis Figueroa and Mark Washa ended the match with pins for F/MCW.

Worthington 39, Fairmont/MCW 25
106: Rohman (F/MCW) by forfeit; 113: Prunty (WHS) UT-2 dec. Wolter 4-2; 120: H.E. Pwae (WHS) dec. Ringnell 5-0; 126: H.M. Pwae (WHS) dec. Ettesvold 4-0; 132: Pay. Anderson (F/MCW) major dec. Pavelko 12-2; 138: Maldonado (F/MCW) dec. Camacho 8-3; 145: Steuber (F/MCW) dec. Blanchette 3-0; 152: Byrne (WHS) pin Nielsen 3:36. 160: Michelson (WHS) pin Par. Anderson 3:31; 170: Riley (WHS) by forfeit; 182: Kempema (WHS) pin Tordsen 1:29; 195: Figueroa (F/MCW) pin Rogers 2:56; 220: Putnam (WHS) by forfeit; 285: Washa (F/MCW) dec. Veen 3-1.
Worthington 63, Fulda/MCC
106: Blankenship (F/MCC) by forfeit; 113: H.E. Pwae (WHS) by forfeit; 120: H.M. Pwae (WHS) by forfeit; 126: Pavelko (WHS) by forfeit; 132: Blanchette (F/MCC) tech. fall Paw 17-1, 3:49; 138: Hartle (F/MCC) major dec. Donkersloot 10-2; 145: Blanchette (WHS) dec. Gehl 5-1; 152: Byrne (WHS) by forfeit; 160: Michelson (WHS) pin Meyer :41; 170: Riley (WHS) pin Sweetman :41; 182: Kempema (WHS) by forfeit; 195: Rogers (WHS) by forfeit; 220: Putnam (WHS) pin Mendoza :11; 285: Veen (WHS) pin Jacobson 1:36.
Fairmont/MCW 54, Fulda/MCC 15
106: Rohman (F/MCW) pin Blankenship 3:40; 113: Wolter (F/MCW) by forfeit; 120: Ringnell (F/MCW) by forfeit; 126: Ettesvold (F/MCW) by forfeit; 132: Blanchette (F/MCC) dec. Pay. Anderson 9-4; 138: Maldonado (F/MCW) dec. Hartle 2-1; 145: Steuber (F/MCW) dec. Gehl 6-2; 152: Nielsen (F/MCW) by forfeit; 160: Meyer (F/MCC) pin Par. Anderson 1:50; 170: Sweetman (F/MCC) by forfeit; 182: Tordsen (F/MCW) by forfeit; 195: Double forfeit; 220: Figuero (F/MCW) pin Mendoza 1:42; 285: Washa (F/MCW) pin Jacobson 3:11.

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TIM MIDDAGH/DAILY GLOBE Worthington Trojan wrestler Hser Moo Pwae drops Fairmont’s Chris Ettesvold to his chest in the 126-pound match Thursday night in Worthington.

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