W/ML clips Worthington 36-35 in unusual Section 3AA wrestling showdown

Cobras take advantage of WHS forfeits to move on in section team tourney, then lose to Marshall in next match

Worthington Trojans wrestler Ethan Meyer puts Windom/Mountain Lake Cobra Aiden Holmberg to the mat in the 138-pound weight class at the Section 3AA wrestling team tournament in Marshall Thursday night.
Worthington Trojans wrestler Ethan Meyer puts Windom/Mountain Lake Cobra Aiden Holmberg to the mat in the 138-pound weight class at the Section 3AA wrestling team tournament in Marshall Thursday night.
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MARSHALL -- It was a very strange finish to a very strange dual meet season Thursday night for the Worthington Trojans wrestling team.

And truer words were never said, said head coach Kirk Feit.

In the first round of the Section 3AA team tournament at Marshall High School, the Trojans forfeited four weight classes to Windom/Mountain Lake and lost, 36-35. The Worthingtonians led the Cobras 13-6 through 126 pounds, then forfeited four of the next five matches to trail 30-17.

A quick first-period fall by Worthington’s Evan Neuberger against W/ML’s John Bergman at 182 pounds brought the Trojans to within 36-23. But the 195-pound weight class was double-forfeited, clinching the Cobras’ victory. That done, they forfeited 220 and 285 to the Trojans, resulting in the one-point margin.

Worthington Trojans Oscar Galves wraps up Windom/Mountain Lake Cobra Jared Hunter and forces him to the mat in the 126 weight class during  Section 3AA Wrestling in Marshall Thursday night.
Worthington's Oscar Galvez wraps up Windom/Mountain Lake's Jared Hunter at 126 pounds Thursday night in Marshall.
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Worthington was seeded fifth in the south half of the tournament, and Windom/Mountain Lake was fourth.


“I’m not gonna lie to you. This has been the weirdest season that I’ve had as a coach,” declared Feit. “A weird ending to a weird season. That’s why they say reality is stranger than fiction sometimes.”

The Trojans have been up, and they’ve been down this winter. They struggled recently through some unusual bouts with illness and injury. Earlier this week, Feit said his team was healing and he pronounced it ready to take on the Eagles.

But then came Thursday.

“I got the call today that I lost three kids today alone,” Feit said. “We made it respectable for the number of forfeits we had. We’ve got some quality kids that we couldn’t put out on the mat.”

From the tale of the tape: Worthington had three varsity players ill, one more in concussion protocol, and another one unable to perform due to an infection.

“You can’t come in and win when you have four forfeits. Those matches were dictated by the health of this team, and we just weren’t healthy,” admitted the coach.

Windom/Mountain Lake Cobra Graycen Hansen shifts his weight on to Worthington Trojans Eh Day Htoo in the 170 weight class during Section 3AA Wrestling in Marshall Thursday night.
Windom/Mountain Lake Cobra Graycen Hansen shifts his weight onto Worthington's Eh Day Htoo Thursday night.
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Nonetheless, Worthington won five of the seven individual matches that took place, including three straight from 113 to 126.

At 113 pounds, Alex Galvez took care of Windom/Mountain Lake’s Matthew Voehl by a 13-4 major decision. At 120, Dalton Larson decisioned Kameron Koerner 8-6. And at 126, Oscar Galvez pinned Jared Hunter in 1:55.


Worthington 138-pounder Ethan Meyer won by 9-1 major decision over the Cobras’ Aiden Holmberg, and Neuberger made quick work of Bergman at 182.

Windom/Mountain Lake started the meet with a fall in 5:03 by Preston Xayachak against the Trojans’ Saul Galvez at 106 pounds. The Cobras got their second on-mat win at 170 pounds when Graycen Hansen pinned Eh Day Htoo in 1:56.

After dispatching Worthington in the first round, the Cobras lost later Thursday night, 66-12, to the No. 1-seeded team from the south bracket, Marshall.

Feit said he told his wrestlers before Thursday’s event that they should simply fight as if their matches were individual head-to-head encounters. He praised several of his matmen for their performances.

Of Oscar Galvez, he said, “He’s hitting his stride at the end, where we need it to.”

The wrestling team had an excellent season with a record of 23-2, and will be competing in the state meet in Rochester which starts on March 30.
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It was Meyer’s first match back from injury, which had sidelined him for two weeks. “It’s a good one to have under his belt before we have that section individual. He’s getting the rust off,” Feit said.

The Trojans will host the finals of the Section 3AA team tournament on Saturday (Feb. 18). They’ll compete in the Section 3AA individual tournament Saturday, Feb. 25, at Morris Area High School.

“That’s what we’ve gotta focus on now. You’ve still got some unfinished business with some guys looking for bigger and better things,” said Feit.


Windom/ML 36, Worthington 35

106-Xayachak (WML) pinned S.Galvez in 5:03

113-A.Galvez (W) won by MD over Voehl 13-4

120-Dalton Larson (W) dec. Koerner 8-6

126-O.Galvez (W) pinned Hunter 1:55

132-Renquist (WML) won by forfeit

138-Meyer (W) won by MD over A.Holmberg 9-1

145-N. Holmberg (WML) won by forfeit


152-Maras (WML) won by forfeit

160-Bjorklund (WML) won by forfeit

170-Hansen (WML) pinned ED Htoo 1:56

182-Neuberger (W) pinned Bergman 0:27

195-Double forfeit

220-Schutz (W) won by forfeit

285-Gerhard (W) won by forfeit

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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