Section 3AA wrestling: Trojans win one, lose one: Marshall advances in thrilling final

WORTHINGTON -- With the focus of the Worthington Trojans wrestling team now solely turned to the Section 3AA individual tournament, head coach Ben DeRynck reiterated, in a nutshell, just how unpredictable the 2018-19 season has been for his charges.

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Worthington's Jacob Neuberger picks up New Ulm Area wrestler Jaden Drill in the 195-pound weight class during Section 3AA team tournament action. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)



WORTHINGTON -- With the focus of the Worthington Trojans wrestling team now solely turned to the Section 3AA individual tournament, head coach Ben DeRynck reiterated, in a nutshell, just how unpredictable the 2018-19 season has been for his charges.

“Brutal honesty, we can send zero to five (to state),” he remarked moments after his team was eliminated in the section team tourney. “These kids have to be a little selfish in the wrestling room next week. It’s all about them now. We’ll see who really wants it.”


The Trojans won their first team tourney match Saturday in Worthington, 40-33 against New Ulm. In the semifinals, they lost to the top seed from the north, Marshall, by a 56-12 score.

Marshall, the top seed from the north, captured the championship and a state tournament berth, beating the south’s top seed, Fairmont/Martin County West, on criteria in a wild final. The Tigers won the last four weight classes against the Red Bulls to pull into a 29-29 tie. An edge in individual match penalty points spelled the difference.

In play-in matches, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo defeated New London-Spicer 41-26, and Luverne rolled over Fulda/Murray County Central 48-6. The quarterfinals saw Worthington clip New Ulm, Marshall blister D-B/LQPV/Montevideo 64-12, Redwood-River Valley eclipse MAHACA 39-32, and Fairmont/MCW blank Luverne 79-0. F/MCW beat Redwood-River Valley 52-21 in the semifinals.

Worthington wrestled hard, said DeRynck, but didn’t go quite as far as hoped.

“Our goal was to get to the section finals. I know it’s a cliche, but the score doesn’t reflect the way we wrestled against Marshall. They’re just bigger, faster and stronger than we are. We had a plan on how to attack them. It just didn’t work out,” DeRynck said.

The plan was to “minimize the damage” down low and, overall, to win the matches the Trojans were capable of winning. For the most part, that didn’t happen.

“We just lost every match. Every close match on paper, we lost,” said the coach.

The Worthington-New Ulm match was tight enough, which you’d expect to happen in a bout between the second seed from the south (WHS) and the third-seeded Eagles. Even so, the home team was never seriously in danger.


After New Ulm’s Lane Miller pinned Worthington’s Cole Hennings in 1:29 at 182 pounds, the Trojans were able to send senior Jacob Neuberger against freshman Jaden Drill at 195 pounds and junior Kyle Mullaney against eighth-grader Ethan Dake at 220. Neuberger won 10-2 and Mullaney won in a fall in 3:01, and WHS took a 40-27 lead into the 285-pound match.

Worthington also won with Oscar Galvez Mendoza at 106 (in a fall in 2:58), Zaydan Abdulrahman at 120 (fall in 0:55), Lay K Paw at 132 (8-3), Kent Lais at 138 (5-4), Jaden Hennings at 160 (a fall in 1:43) and Brayden Donkersloot at 170 (a fall in 1:01).

Marshall won the first three weight classes in the semifinals before Abdulrahman put WHS on the board by pinning the Tigers’ Connor Roth in 1:14. Paw, at 138, pinned Andrew Williams in 3:24. But Marshall won the final eight matches, including three by fall.

The Section 3A individual tournament is Friday and Saturday in New Ulm.


Worthington 40, New Ulm 33

106-Mendoza (W) pin Rieser 2:58; 113-Brandes (NW) pin Meyer 0:48; 120-Abdulrahman (W) pin Haefner 0:55; 126-Bode (NU) dec. D.Schutz 5-1; 132-Paw (W) dec. Bertrang 8-3; 138-K.Lais (W) dec. Mehlhop 5-4; 145-Howk (NU) pin E.Neuberger 0:28; 152-Ranweiler (NU) pin Guizar 3:27; 160-J.Hennings (W) pin Hermel 1:43; 170-Donkersloot (W) pin Lang 1:01; 182-Miller (NU) pin C.Hennings 1:29; 195-J.Neuberger (W) MD Drill 10-2; 220-Mullaney (W) pin Dake 3:01; 285-Wenninger (NU) pin Cam 3:57

Marshall 56, Worthington 12


106-D.Louwagie (M) MD Meyer 11-0; 113-Khee Lar (M) pin Galvez 1:08; 120-La Eh (M) pin D.Schutz 3:31; 126-Abdulrahman (W) pin Roth 1:14; 132-Hodges (M) pin M.Schutz 0:13; 138-Paw (W) pin Williams 3:24; 145-Jensen (M) MD K.Lais 9-0; 152-Hughes (M) dec. J.Hennings 9-2; 160-G.Louwagie (M) dec. Donkersloot 8-3; 170-Sterner (M) dec. T.Lais 8-3; 182-Stahl (M) pin C.Hennings 1:26; 195-Timm (M) pin Cornejo 3:36; 220-Bahr (M) dec. J.Neuberger 5-1; 285-Felcyn (M) pin Cam 5:42


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
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