Three WHS teams hit the road: boys basketball team tops PA

Worthington Trojans

Three Worthington High School teams went on the road Friday night.

The Trojans boys hockey team lost in overtime to Winona. The boys basketball team beat Pipestone Area. The wrestling team participated in a quadrangular with Willmar, Dassel-Cokato and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove in Tracy.



TRACY -- Damon Schutz won three matches for Worthington at 138 pounds, but the Trojans lost three times to three solid opponents.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove beat the Trojans 38-33, Willmar prevailed in a 37-24 match, and Dassel-Cokato won 49-28.

“He was aggressive and went after people and scored points,” WHS head coach Kirk Feit said about Schutz.


Trojans who wrestled and won against T-M-B/W-WG were Ethan Meyer (106), Oscar Galvez (113), Schutz, Tommy Lais (182) and Cole Hennings (220). Galvez and Hennings won by fall.

In the Willmar match, Galvez (113), Miat Htoo (126), Schutz (138) and Kent Lais (170) earned victories. And in the Dassel-Cokato bout, Schutz, Jaden Hennings (152), Cole Hennings (220) and Kyle Mullaney (285) prevailed, with Cole Hennings and Mullaney pinning their opponents.

“Those were three really tough teams tonight,” said Feit, who rested a couple of his starters. “We were into each of the duals, so I thought we had a good effort.”

Boys Hockey

Winona 3, Worthington 2 (OT)

WINONA -- Ayden Ruesgen scored five minutes, 31 seconds into overtime to send Windona to a victory over Worthington.

“It was tough,” WHS head coach Tyler Nienkerk said. “The kids battled really hard, it was probably the best effort game we had all year. Just a couple small mistakes and that’s what costs you.”

Each of the other four goals were scored in the second period as each team scored twice.

The Winhawks outshot the Trojans 18-5 in the first period, but WHS goalie Preston Thavixay stopped each one.

“I thought we brought good energy, but credit to them, they were moving well,” Nienkerk said. “Preston played phenomenal all game and we were pretty happy just to get out of that period.”


WHS turned the tables in the second period and held a 13-11 advantage in shots on goal.

Blake Luinenburg gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead on a goal with Bryce Olsen assisting. Andrew Benson scored a power-play goal (Carlos Garcia assist) to give WHS a 2-0 lead.

“It was going good, we just had a bad bounce. One ricocheted off one of our own players to get their first goal, and then they got another one,” Nienkerk said. “But I thought we battled hard back from it and it didn’t keep us down like maybe it’s done in the past couple games.”

But Austin King-Henke followed with a goal for the home team and Winona tied the score on a Hans Larsen goal.

A scoreless third period sent the game into overtime.

Winona finished with 55 shots on goal, with Thavixay making 52 saves.

The Trojans are home on Monday against Minnesota River.

Worthington 0 2 0 0 -- 2

Winona 0 2 0 1 -- 3

Boys basketball

Worthington 55, PA 42

PIPESTONE -- Concerned about their inside game, the Trojans parlayed a zone defense into a 13-point victory.


Pipestone Area led 24-22 at halftime, but Worthington outscored the Arrows 33-18 in the second half.

“We came out ready to play in the second half,” said WHS head coach Clint Meyer. “We stayed in a 2-3 zone the whole game. It took away their inside game. We rebounded really well out of it, which is what we really stressed this week in practice.”

Junior guard Terbuto Ochothow scored 30 points for the Trojans and Brock Burns scored seven. Burns had eight rebounds and Ochothow had six.

JT Tinklenberg and Dawson Kellen led Pipestone Area with 19 and 12 points, respectively.

A key stat in Worthington’s favor was 18-for-20 free throw shooting.

The result moves Worthington to 7-8 and drops PA to 6-7. Worthington hosts Western Christian today (Saturday) in a 2:30 p.m. contest.

Worthington 22 55

Pipestone Area 24 42

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