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Prep wrestling: Trojans win big match against Fairmont/MCW

FULDA -- Worthington's final four wrestlers came up huge as the Trojans erased a 27-7 deficit and defeated Fairmont/Martin County West 31-27 in the middle dual of a triangular that also included Fulda/Murray County Central Thursday at Fulda High ...

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Tim Middagh/Daily Globe Worthington Trojan wrestler Jacob Prunty picks up Fairmont/MCW's Cale Steuber as he forces an escape Thursday.

FULDA -- Worthington’s final four wrestlers came up huge as the Trojans erased a 27-7 deficit and defeated Fairmont/Martin County West 31-27 in the middle dual of a triangular that also included Fulda/Murray County Central Thursday at Fulda High School.

With only the 182-pound and 195-pound matches remaining -- and the Trojans guaranteed six points due to a forfeit at 285 pounds -- the Trojans needed at least two pins in a dual that hadn’t seen a single pin to that point. They got them.

“We’re the upperclassmen -- all the upper weights,” senior Worthington wrestler Nic Putnam said. “That’s always our mentality going into a meet -- if you have to finish it off, you have to finish it off. You’ve gotta get it done. We’re experienced. We knew what to expect going into it.”

It was a big team victory.

“With the win, we should have the No. 1 seed in the south (section) over Fairmont. That’s why it was so important,” said WHS head coach Mark Prunty.

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“Fairmont is very good in the lighter weights. We also knew we were heavily favored in the upper weights,” said the coach.

Mason Byrne started the run for the Trojans when he pinned the Red Bulls’ Parker Anderson in 3:50 in the 182-pound match. Byrne led 2-0 after the first period but the score didn’t matter 1:50 into the second when he got the pin. Anderson was on his back and resisted for about a minute, but eventually Byrne overpowered him and got his shoulders down. Byrne’s fall made the score 27-13.

Next up, Worthington’s Brandon Kempema (195 pounds) made quick work of Connor Tordsen, pinning him in 1:12. Kempema got an explosive takedown in the first 20 seconds, driving through Tordsen and lifting him into the air. Kempema stayed in control on top and secured the pin less than a minute later to inch the Trojans closer at 27-19.

Putnam (220 pounds) made quick work of Theo Krumholz, pinning him in 1:20. And Worthington trailed by only two, 27-25.

Hunter Cam picked up a forfeit victory at 285 pounds to secure the final points.

“I just knew I had to get a win,” Putnam said. “We wrestled really well against those guys. We didn’t know what to expect going into it. Overall the team did a great job.”

Jacob Prunty got the first win of the night for the Trojans, as he defeated Cale Steuber by major decision 17-9. Prunty jumped out to a big lead early, going up 6-1 by the end of the first period. It was more of the same early in the second as he expanded his lead to 12-4, but Steuber caught him in a near fall to bring himself right back into it at 12-7. They each traded points for escape to make it 13-8, and Prunty managed two takedowns in the final minute to win 17-9.

Worthington’s other victory came via Braydon Donkersloot 5-2 decision over Nate Simmonds. Donkersloot got a reversal a minute in to go up 2-0, then a takedown after 3:28 to make it 4-0. Midway through the third period Simmonds scored a takedown, but Donkersloot escaped almost immediately.

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Fulda/Murray County Central had only three active varsity wrestlers and lost to F/MCW 57-3 and Worthington 64-9.

Warriors 152-pounder Jon Gehl went 2-0 in the triangular, defeating the Red Bulls’ Mario Maldonado 7-3 and pinned the Trojans’ Preston Anderson in 3:15.

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