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Photo by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek 103-pounder Sam Waln battles Frazee's Austin Skillings in a dual match Tuesday night at Wadena Elementary. Waln rallied from a 5-0 deficit to defeat Skillings 10-8.

Four forfeits help stop Wolverines' streak

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It took an outbreak of strep, an injury and a strong Frazee club to knock Wadena-Deer Creek out of the unbeaten ranks Tuesday at WDC Elementary.

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The Hornets, who have been ranked No. 2 in Class A this season, posted a 53-15 victory over the Wolverines.

Competing in their first dual on their home mats, the Wolverines gave up four weights on forfeits. Mitch Steffens and Jared Wegscheid were sidelined by illness while Jacob Wegscheid was nursing a shoulder injury after a heavy weekend of action in the Big Bear Tournament.

Sam Waln gave the Wolverines a comeback victory at 103 as he defeated Austin Skillings 10-8 on a late takedown. Skillings held a 5-0 lead early in the match.

Josh Lawson celebrated a 6-0 victory over John Gies at 119. Lawson had never defeated the Frazee wrestler.

WDC's Tony Reurink was a 6-3 winner over Nate Sandberg at 215 and Dylan Anderson racked up another pin in defeating Tyler Hanson at the 4:57 mark of their heavyweight match.

The Wolverines go into the Christmas break with a 6-1 record. Norm Gallant will take his team back into action Jan. 6 with a dual at Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale.

Frazee 53, WDC 15

103 Sam Waln (WDC) dec. Austin Skillings 10-8

112 Trevor Stilke (Frz) won by forfeit

119 Josh Lawson (WDC) dec. John Gies 6-0

125 Jordan Kohler (Frz) pinned Zach Bernu 2:00

130: Tanner Ellenberg (F) won by forfeit

135: Wade Hukreide (F) dec. Jordan Rentz 5-0

140: Myrel Schermerhorn (F) won by forfeit

145: Tyler Wacker (F) won by forfeit

152: Casey Nunn (F) dec. Derrick Rude (WDC) 5-1

160: Brandon Van Watermulen (F) tech fall Jacob Ludovissie 4:00

171: Jacob Galbrecht (F) won by forfeit

189: Kody Lafraniere-Sorenson (F) pinned Isaac Lustila (WDC) 4:21

215 Tony Reurink (WDC) dec. Nate Sandberg (F) 6-3

Hwt Dylan Anderson (WDC) pinned Tyler Hanson (F) 4:57

Wolverines place fifth in Big Bear

Six Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers finished in the top eight Saturday to help the Wolverines capture fifth-place honors on the Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake.

Mitch Steffens paced the Wolverines with a runner-up finish at 119. Steffens became the 21st wrestler in WDC mat history to record 100 career victories when he pinned Aitkin's Jared Novak. Abbot Aho of Fergus Falls stopped Steffens' championship bid with a 7-2 decision.

WDC's Sam Waln was 4-1 at 103, Tony Reurink was 6-2 at 215 and Dylan Anderson was 5-2 at heavyweight as they earned fifth place honors.

Waln beat BGMR's Ryan Bergerson 5-3 for his fifth-place time. Reurink had two pins and two majors in placing fifth.

"Our young sophomores really impressed me this weekend," WDC head coach Norm Gallant said.

Both were a little less than .500 last year but you could see them coming on at the end of the year."

Anderson ran his team-best pin total to 10 in grabbing a fifth in the heavyweight class. Anderson edged Staples-Motley's David DeYonge 6-5 in his final match.

Jordan Rentz joined Steffens in gaining his 100th career victory. The 135-pounder won four of his six matches including a 7-1 victory over Willlmar's Seth Pollack for seventh.

WDC 145-pounder Jacob Wegscheid finished the tournament 3-3 and earned eighth place.

Fergus Falls won the tournament with 188 points while Badger/Greenbush-Middle River scored 167.5, Thief River Falls/Goodridge racked up 166.5, Hutchinson/Buffalo Lake-Hector collected 143.5 and Wadena-Deer Creek scored 136.5.

Last year's WDC wrestling team placed 13th in the gigantic Big Bear.

"This is a tough, tough tournament and to place in the top five in a good accomplishment," Gallant said.

Cass Lake-Bena

Big Bear Tournament

Team Results

Fergus Falls 180.00, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 167.50, Thief River Falls 166.50, Hutchinson 143.50, Wadena-Deer Creek 136.50, Willmar 133.00, Aitkin 128.50, Crookston 124.50, Brainerd 116.50, Moorhead 102.50, Staples-Motley 100.50, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 96.00, Hibbing 96.00, New York Mills 91.50, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 88.50, Big Lake 87.00, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis/Laporte 80.50, Park Rapids Area 77.00, West Central Area 72.50, Detroit Lakes 71.50, Morris Area 71.50, Mahnomen-Waubun 65.00, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena/Indus 65.00, Deer River 64.50, Robbinsdale Cooper 64.50, Barnesville 58.00, United North Central 49.50, Fosston-Bagley 47.50, Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway 43.00, United Clay Becker 41.00, Fertile-Beltrami 33.00, Crosby-Ironton 32.50, Virginia Area 27.00, Roseau 25.50, West Marshall 21.00, Red Lake County Central 12.50.

Individual Results

103: Championship: Bell, FF dec. Selander, NYM 9-8. Third place: Foltz, DL pin Karl, HUT 5:28. Fifth place: Waln, WDC dec. Bergeron, BGM 5-3

112: Championship: Novacek, BGM dec. Novak, NYM 2-1 (3OT) Third place: Giza, FF dec. Baumgardner, PRA 3-1. Fifth place: Bruss, NKG dec. Brandt, BAR 5-4

119: Championship: Aho, FF dec. Sleffens, WDC 7-2. Third place: Rositas, MOO dec. Hjelle, TRF 7-0. Fifth place: Waage, BGM default injury Abdjsa, RC.

125: Championship: Fuenffinger, HIB maj. dec. Bergeron, TRF 12-1. Third place: Madson, HUT, pin Peppel, BAR 1:17. Fifth place: Roberts, NYM maj. dec. Hartig, PRA 14-3

130: Championship: Johannes, WIL dec. Wold, AIT, 12-7. Third place: Heldman, SM dec. Tallackson, Moo 4-2 (OT). Fifth place: Orlloff, DR, dec. Schmidt HUT 10-6

135: Championship: Nelson, BL dec. Zilmer, CI 7-2. Third place: Abrahamson, TRF dec. Felland, WCA 4-0. Fifth place: Boran, BRA maj. dec. Jackson, DL 11-1

140: Championship: Bell, FF dec. Hoffner, MW 8-3. Third place: Brazil, RC maj. dec. Ralhmanner, BL 13-1. Fifth place: Gullickson, BGM dec. Nelson, TRF 9-3

145: Championship: Chouanard, AIT pin Glasby, BRA 2:32. Third place: Laugen, FF pin Benz HIB, 1:49. Fifth place: Wiemann, WHA dec. Martineau, WCA 8-1

152: Championship: Caputo, CRO dec. Harrison, PPB 5-2. Third place: Milhausen, WIL dec. Stevens, AIT 2-1. Fifth place: Oslby, MA dec. Ingle, BGM 13-6

160: Championship: Morlock, Moo dec. Wojochowski, BGM 5-3. Third place: Pikop, WCA dec. Rubner, PPB 5-0. Fifth place: Lisson, SM dec. Olson, FOB 9-4

171: Championship: Johnson, DGF dec. Harrison, PPB 13-8. Third place: Pike, PRA dec. Kohlmeier, BRA 8-4. Fifth place: Marquedant, FF dec. Petrich, SM 6-2

189: Championship: Swoyer, WIL dec. White, HUT 1-0. Third place: Trout, SM dec. Rosenfeldt, DGF 5-2. Fifth place: Evans, BGM dec. Zimmer, WHA 7-5 (OT)

215: Championship: Davidson, CRO dec. Edelman, WHA 7-5. Third place: Rittler, PRA default injury McMahon, FF. Fifth place: Reurink, WDC dec. Laymon, WM 8-4

285: Championship: Cervanles, TRF pin Yeager, BGM 0:41. Third place: Gibson, MA dec. McArthur, MW 3-2 (OT). Fifth place: Anderson, WDC dec. DeYonge, SM 6-5

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