Prep wrestling: Trojans win victories but New Ulm wins the war
New Ulm traveled to Worthington Tuesday and defeated the Trojans 45-27 in a high school wrestling dual
WORTHINGTON -- Ethan Meyer was phenomenal for the Worthington Trojans as he won by 17-0 technical fall over New Ulm’s Tegan Kral in the second period of Tuesday night's wrestling dual meet.
The Trojans lost 45-27, with the Eagles scoring in the last three matchups by pin. New Ulm scored the opening points with a Kane Johnson pin at 106 over Saul Galvez.
Worthington wrestler Alex Galvez showed great wrestling instinct under duress at the 113-pound match. A takedown in 18 seconds helped Galvez take a 2-1 lead into the third period, and a reversal in the last 15 seconds of period three gave him a 5-3 decision over Alex Portner.
Dalton Larson lost his 120-pound match to New Ulm’s Elijah Riser via 9-2 decision.
A forfeit at 126 kept senior Oscar Galvez off the mats for WHS, and another New Ulm forfeit came at 138, when the Trojans sent out Brayden Raymo.
Ethan Meyer was a machine in his match at 132. Two periods is all the WHS senior needed for a huge 17-0 technical fall.
“Ethan is a senior who puts in a lot of time for his craft, and wrestles tough always,” said Worthington head coach Kirk Feit. “He took third in the section last year, and the further we get into January his wrestling gets even better.”
After six matches in the meet the Trojans led the Eagles 20-9.
Winsten Nienhaus started a three-pin streak for the Eagles against Miat Htoo at 145. Lane Ruch defeated Trojan sophomore Josiah Banegas at 152. Levi Hennings was pinned by his Eagles opponent Jamisen Fredrickson in the third period.
“It was a dual we were in but we just did not do enough to change the outcome,” said Feit. “Hats off to them, they wrestled hard. The biggest difference was we can’t give up the big points if we are going to be in matches, and that’s what we are doing. We give up falls, bad things happen and we didn't go out there and win falls.”
The Trojans’ Chase Byrne won a very entertaining match via 16-8 major decision at 170 against Noah Engel. Byrne had several pin opportunities, but Engel proved to be a slippery wrestler as he earned all eight of his points via reversals.
Evan Neuberger sweated out a lengthy 2-0 decision for the Trojans against Wyatt Pollard. Neuberger started the third period down, looking to score a point via escape. Instead, Neuberger muscled his way for a reversal and kept Pollard on the mat to end the period with a victory. Neuberger’s win evened the team score at 27-27.
“It was exhilarating. Right before the match I had nerves, but when they called my name to wrestle I was ready,” said Neuberger. “I was able to get a flip late, reverse him, and then ride him out the rest of the time. It was a long six minutes.”
The Eagles earned a pin at 195 against WHS senior Mason Schutz. Ty Frederick capitalized on a first period takedown, which pinned Schutz.
Win Lwe Aung was moments away from making the Trojan crowd erupt in jubilee with a reversal that shocked New Ulm’s Ethan Lieb at 220. Lieb, however, worked his way out of the tough hold, and earned the match-winning pin against Aung.
The Eagles’ Evan Thompson pinned Kasey Gerhard in the heavyweight match.
The Trojans’ next match is the Big South Conference tournament in Pipestone on Saturday.
“This is going to be one of the toughest tournaments we compete in,” said Feit. “There are 13 other teams, some of which are state-ranked. It’s going to be a tough competition with tough lineups, and good kids all day long. But if you can place there and make the championship, we know they are moving in the right direction. The better an individual finishes the better off we are.”