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Wadena-Deer Creek's Carter Wright battles Staples-Motley's Eric Lisson in a 106-pound match Tuesday night at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School. Photo by Brian Hansel, Pioneer Journal

WDC matmen edge Cardinals

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Brandon Monson and Tristan Baker won by forfeit at 220 and 285 Tuesday night as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines rallied to edge Mid-State Conference rival Staples-Motley 40-39 in Wadena.


The match was decided by Criteria H. The Wolverines topped the Cards 12-10 in the most first points scored.

Competing on their home mat for the first time since Dec. 1 when they hosted the WDC Invitational, the Wolverines won seven of 14 matches.

Lee Spencer and Tristin Godel gave the Wolverines back-to-back victories at 113 and 120. Spencer pinned Alex Erpelding at the 3:41 mark and Godel blanked Jakle Swendsrud 7-0.

Sam Waln chalked up WDC's third victory of the night at 132 by pinning Blake Miller at the 3:47 mark. The victory was also the 75th of Waln's career.

Josh Lawson pinned Randy Youngbauer in a quick 1:29 time in their 145-pound match.

The Cardinals racked up 18 points in the next three weights before Isaac Malone tacked up an all-important pin at the 1:04 mark in his 182-pound match with Drew Peterson.

Jordan Heldman's victory by fall over Caleb Monson in the 195-pound match was not enough to pull out a team victory for the Cards.

The Wolverines travel to Mahnomen on Monday for a makeup contest. They will host Border West on Thursday.

Wadena-Deer Creek 40, Staples-Motley 39

106 Eric Lisson (SM) pinned Carter Wright (WDC) 4:31

113 Lee Spencer (WDC) pinned Alex Erpelding (SM) 3:41

120 Tristin Godel (WDC) dec. Jakle Swendsrud (SM) 7-0

126 Jake Bendson (SM) pinned Blaine Snyder (WDC) 1:35

132 Sam Waln (WDC) pinned Blake Miller (SM) 3:47

138 Josh Becker (SM) dec. Devin Barthel (WDC) 3-0

145 Josh Lawson (WDC) pinned Randy Youngbauer (SM) 1:29

152 Tyler Progreba (SM) pinned Tyler Wheeler (WDC) 1:42

160 Nick Jennings (SM) pinned Jake Waln (WDC) 1:58

170 Josh Robben (SM) won by forfeit

182 Isaac Malone (WDC) pinned Drew Peterson (SM) 1:04

195 Jordan Heldman (SM) pinned Caleb Monson (WDC) 1:28

220 Brandon Monson (WDC) won by forfeit

285 Tristan Baker (WDC) won by forfeit