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Prep wrestling: Prunty first, Byrne second at Redwood River Riot

REDWOOD FALLS -- Jacob Prunty remained undefeated on the season and Worthington High School teammate Mason Byrne placed second Saturday at the Redwood River Riot wrestling tournament.

REDWOOD FALLS -- Jacob Prunty remained undefeated on the season and Worthington High School teammate Mason Byrne placed second Saturday at the Redwood River Riot wrestling tournament.

The Friday-Saturday tournament featured 33 teams. Prunty at 132 pounds and Byrne at 182 were most impressive individually for the Trojans.

Prunty was dominant throughout. He won his first match in a fall in 2:40, his second in a fall in 1:25 and his third in a fall in 3:19. He scored a 12-0 major decision in his next match, then decisioned Afton Kaping of Litchfield 5-0 for the 132-pound championship.

Kaping and Prunty met in the 2017 state tournament, and that one was also won by Prunty.

Byrne had a first-round bye. He won his next three matches by fall, in 3:15, 5:07 and 2:46. In the finals, he lost a 3-2 decision to Peyton Mortenson of Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United.

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“It was tight in the third period,” Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said of Bryne’s championship match. “Mason went for a takedown and, really, it was kind of a slip. … He was being aggressive, which is what you want it to be, and the other kid took advantage and got the takedown.”

No other Trojan wrestlers placed. But Damon Schutz went 2-2 at 106 pounds, Lay K Paw was 1-2 at 138, Ethan Pavelko was 3-2 at 145, Jacob Neuberger was 2-2 at 220 and Adam Russell was 1-2 at heavyweight.

“Overall, as a team it really wasn’t one of our better tournaments. We came in a little short-handed. We were certainly looking to get more than two place winners,” said Coach Prunty.

Fairmont/Martin County West scored the most points of all the competing teams, with 216.5. Litchfield placed second with 158.5, followed by Marshall 117, Sibley East 113, St. Peter 112, Wabasso/Red Rock Central 111.5, Mankato West 110 and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 102.5 among the top eight.

Worthington placed 13th with 88 points.

Wabasso/Red Rock Central’s Nick Altermatt won the 170-pound weight class with an 8-5 decision over Collin Steuber of Fairmont/MCW in the title match.

Fairmont/MCW had three champions: Lucas Jagodzinske at 106 pounds, Jaxson Rohman at 113 and Payton Anderson at 138.

 

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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