Matmen win over Park Rapids, C-I
Norm Gallant's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines put two Mid-State Conference victories in the book last Thursday as they edged Park Rapids 31-30 and topped Crosby-Ironton 42-26 on their home mats.
Isaac Lustila turned the tables in the victory over Park Rapids when he defeated state-ranked Jarred Nash 9-3 in their 171-pound match.
The Wolverines gave themselves a shot at the victory by winning five off the first six matches. Sam Waln, Mitch Steffens and Jordan Rentz earned pins while Zack Bernu won a tough 9-7 decision at 119 and Jacob Wegscheid scored a 12-4 major decision at 135.
"Our little guys really stepped up," Gallant said. "I knew to win we would have to win three of four to start, splitting wasn't an option. The matchups were not quite what I expected but Sam really got us going and Mitch and Zack did a heckuva job."
The Wolverines won only two matches the rest of the way. Derrick Rude decisioned Johnathon Drury 9-4 at 152.
Quick pins by Tony Reurink and Tyler Wohlwend at 215 and 285 sealed WDC's victory against Crosby-Ironton. Reurink won by fall at the 1:07 mark in his match. Wohlwend pinned his man in just 33 seconds.
The Rangers gave up forfeits to Bernu, Wegscheid and Nolan Johnson. Both clubs forfeited at 135.
Steffens gave the Wolverines an important victory in the lower weights by pinning 112-pound foe Brett Nelson at the 1:13 mark.
Wadena-Deer Creek 31, Park Rapids 30
103: Sam Waln (WDC) pinned Laine Jenson (PR) 1:46
112: Mitch Steffens (WDC) pinned Ben Baumgartner (PR) 1:36
119: Zack Bernu (WDC) dec. Cameron Free (PR) 9-7
125: Dylan Holmer (PR) pinned Devin Barthel (WDC) 1:02
130: Jordan Rentz (WDC) pinned Luke Hartig (C) 5:59
135: Jacob Wegscheid (WDC) major dec. Adam Branstrom (PR) 12-4
140: Zac Haugland (PR) won by forfeit
145: Zack Steffen (PR) dec. Jacob Ludovissie (WDC) 8-3
152: Derrick Rude (WDC) dec. Johnathan Drury (PR) 9-4
160: Dan Pike (PR) dec. 6-5 Aaron Uselman (WDC) 6-5
171: Isaac Lustila (WDC) dec. Jared Nash (PR) 9-3
189: John Drury (PR) pinned Nolan Johnson (WDC) 5:08
215: Brandon Ritter (PR) dec. Tyler Wohlwend (WDC) 9-7
Hwt: Kenny Weaver (PR) dec. Tony Reurink (WDC) 7-2
Wadena-Deer Creek 42, Crosby-Ironton 26
103: Joe Sura (CI) dec. Josh Lawson (WDC) 2-1
112: Mitch Steffens (WDC) pinned Brett Nelson (CI) 1:13
119: Hayden Zillmer (CI) tech. fall Devin Barthel (WDC) 1:29
125: Zach Bernu (WDC) won by forfeit
130: Brad Hofstrand (CI) major dec. Jordan Rentz (WDC) 9-0
135: Double forfeit
140: Jacob Wegscheid (WDC) won by forfeit
145: Derrick Rude (WDC) pinned James Sipper (CI) 2:43
152: Chris Rothstein (CI) pinned Jacob Ludovissie (WDC) 4:59
160: David Booth (CI) tech. fall Aaron Uselman (WDC) 5:21
171: Nolan Johnson (WDC) won by forfeit
189: Jeremy Hammam (CI) dec. Isaac Lustila (WDC) 13-7
215: Tony Reurink (WDC) pinned Tim Rice (CI) 1:07
HWT: Tyler Wohlwend (WDC) pinned Devan Grundry (CI) :33