Prep wrestling: Worthington starts well, Pipestone's Ploeger gets big win

REDWOOD FALLS -- Nine Worthington Trojans advanced to the quarterfinals of the Redwood River Riot wrestling tournament Friday.Worthington scored 58 points on the first day of the two-day tournament, behind Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg with 62.5. Wab...

REDWOOD FALLS - Nine Worthington Trojans advanced to the quarterfinals of the Redwood River Riot wrestling tournament Friday.
Worthington scored 58 points on the first day of the two-day tournament, behind Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg with 62.5. Wabasso/Red Rock Central had 45.5 points, good enough for fifth place among the 31 teams entered.
Trojans Jacob Prunty (106 pounds), Hser Eh Pwae (113), Hser Moo Pwae (120), Jeffrey Camacho (138), Mason Byrne (152), Zach Bruns (160), Vince Riley (170), Torey Rogers (195) and Nic Putnam (220) will wrestle in the quarterfinal round today.
Prunty earned two falls Friday to get to the quarters.
Fulda/Murray County Central advanced Ben Blanchette (132) and Clayton Hartle (138) to the next round. Hartle will take on Comacho in the quarterfinals today.
Wabasso/Red Rock Central advanced Mitchell Fulton (160), Nick Altermatt (170), Cole Anderson (182), Devan Liebl (195), Jared Welch (220) and Cody Coulter (285) to the quarters.
Logan Axford of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove made it through at 145 pounds.
Pipestone Triangular
PIPESTONE - The Adrian Dragons moved confidently through the Pipestone Area Triangular, beating two opponents.
The Dragons dominated Lake Crystal/Wellcome Memorial 68-9 before upending host Pipestone Area 48-18.
In another match, Pipestone Area defeated Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 57-24.
Though the Arrows went 1-1 in duals, head coach Brian Bos said his team wrestled well. His 170-pounder, Garrett Ploeger, wrestled particularly well. Not only did Ploeger pin LCWM’s Elijah Northquist in 1:44, but he followed that up with a 7-6 victory over Adrian’s Matthew Slater, who is ranked third in the weight class in Minnesota state Class A.
Ploeger is undefeated but not yet ranked.
“He was motivated to go against Slater,” said Bos. “He was pretty excited. It was a big win. Hopefully it will get him in the rankings. He deserves that.”
The team summary for the Adrian-Pipestone Area match was unavailable Friday night. But Dragons Chandler Combs (106), Beau Bullerman (113), Ryan Elias (138), Michael Preuss (182) and Hunter Heitkamp (195) all won by falls. Pipestone Area’s outstanding 126-pounder, Michael Suda, won by 16-4 major decision over Adrian’s Greg Kern.
Adrian recorded nine falls in the match with LCWM, including a 29-second fall by Bullerman at 113 pounds. Kern pinned his rival in 1:01 at 126 pounds while Preuss, Heitkamp, Gavin Engelkes and Dylan Gyberg all pinned their rivals with plenty of room to spare in the first period.

Adrian 68, LCWM 9
106-Combs (A) dec. Hewitt 7-5; 113-Bullerman (A) pin Stevenson :29; 120-Magers (L) dec. Fuerstenberg 7-6; 126-Kern (A) pin Begnaud 1:01; 132-Hieronimus (A) pin Jones :52; 138-Elias (A) by forfeit; 145-Colon (L) pin Taylor 2:28; 152-Nelson (A) pin Magers 3:37; 160-Rogers (A) pin Martens 5:04; 170-Slater (A) TF Northquist 17-1; 182-Preuss (A) pin G.Gilman 1:51; 195-Heitkamp (A) pin Catania 1:20; 220-Engelkes (A) pin Hartmann 1:12; 285-Gyberg (A) pin B.Gilman 1:11
PA 57, LCWM 24
106-Budden (PA) pin Hewitt :28; 113-Burnett (PA) pin Stevenson 1:15; 120-Suda (PA) pin Magers :59; 126-Homann (PA) pin Begnaud 3:43; 132-Jones (L) pin Baatz 3:40; 138-Winter (PA) by forfeit; 145-Colon (L) pin Donnelly 3:41; 152-Steenstra (PA) dec. Magers 5-4; 160-Bush (PA) pin Martens 3:58; 170-Ploeger (PA) pin Northquist 1:44; 182-Gilman (L) pin Vanderwal 3:33; 195-Olsen (PA) pin Catania 4:42; 220-Hartmann (L) pin Arndt 3:59; 285-Wolters (PA) pin Gilman 1:09

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.

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