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Wadena-Deer Creek's Aaron Uselman wrestles
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's state-ranked Jake Braaten Thursday
night in a dual meet at Wadena High School.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Aaron Uselman wrestles Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's state-ranked Jake Braaten Thursday night in a dual meet at Wadena High School.
Wegscheid tops century mark in career wins
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Jared Wegscheid went over the 100-win mark in capturing the 135-pound title Saturday in the Pine-to-Prairie Invitational.

Wegscheid's milestone was not the only highlight of the tournament for WDC. The Wolverines racked up 24 pins in the tournament as they placed second behind Staples-Motley with 50.5 bonus points. Moorhead placed third.

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"Wow! I think we are known as a pinning team but we have not [had] 24 in a day," WDC head coach Norm Gallant said.

Wegscheid, who already had one Pine-to-Prairie title to his credit, decisioned Staples-Motley's Sam Duberowski 3-1 in the championship match to improve his career record to 101-70. He reached the century mark by defeating Moorhead's Mike Zupan 5-3 in overtime.

Mitch Steffens also had a big invitational winning the 112-pound crown with an 18-4 major decision over Staples-Motley's Jordan Heldman. The title was Steffens' third in the Pine-to-Prairie.

Jordan Rentz made a bid for top honors in the 130-pound weight class but fell to Fosston-Bagley's Luke Conger 4-3.

Gallant felt one of the big keys for the Wolverines were the third place finishes that Zack Bernu, Jacob Ludovissie, Derrick Rude, Aaron Uselman and Isaac Lustila tacked up at 119, 145, 152, 160 and 171.

Bernu pinned Sam Haugen of Fertile-Beltrami at the 1:47 mark in their 119-pound match. Rude stopped Fertile-Beltrami's Hunter Lindberg in just 50 seconds at 152. Uselman won by fall at East Grand Forks Sacred Heart's Brent Hagen in 4:37 at 160. Lustila made it four straight pins by topping Red Lake County Central's Travis Larson at the 3:48 mark. Tyler Wohlwend gave the Wolverines their fifth pin in the 215-pound weight class when he stopped Moorhead's Jacob Trowbridge at 4:50.

Jacob Wegscheid finished fourth when he lost to Staples-Motley's Brandon Flickinger at the 1:32 mark in their 140-pound contest.

The Wolverines picked up fifth place points at 103, 189 and 275 as Sam Waln, Nolan Johnson and Dylan Anderson won their matches. Waln pinned Sacred Heart's Eddie Bushaw at the 2:59 mark. Johnson pinned Sacred Heart's Aaron Mehling at 1:28 and Anderson won by default over Tyler Tougas of Red Lake County Central.

The Wolverines were a force in the wrestlebacks, winning 11 of 13 in the placement round.

"Our kids came through. Mitch and Jared were great, but those third place finishers with all the pins did a super job," Gallant said. "Zack Bernu and Jacob Ludovissie had the best tournaments of their career so far."

Pine-to-Prairie Invitational

Championship

103 Mason Swegarden, United Clay Becker Dec. Blake Miller, Staples-Motley, 3-2

112 Mitch Steffens, Wadena-Deer Creek Maj. dec. Jordan Heldman, Staples-Motley, 18-4

119 Sam Klingfus, United Clay Becker Tech. Fall Joey Carpenter, Moorhead, 4:41

125 Jacob Rositas, Moorhead Dec. Alex Yanish, East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart, 3-2

130 Luke Conger, Fosston-Bagley Dec. Jordan Rentz, Wadena-Deer Creek, 4-3

135 Jared Wegscheid, Wadena-Deer Creek Dec. Sam Duberowski, Staples-Motley, 3-1

140 Chase Morlock, Moorhead Dec. Max Aho, United North Central, 9-7

145 Taylor Bendson, Staples-Motley Dec. AJ Wheeler, Moorhead, 10-6

152 Wilson Karlstrom, Moorhead Pinned Blake Olson, Fosston-Bagley, 1:24

160 Jordan Bendson, Staples-Motley Pinned Ben Gaughan, Moorhead, 4:59

171 Dylan Shequen, Staples-Motley Pinned Jake Juve, Fosston-Bagley, 3:42

189 Andrew Juve, Fosston-Bagley Pinned Blake Petrich, Staples-Motley, 3:44

215 Cooper Wilson, Fosston-Bagley Dec. Ryan Detloff, Staples-Motley, 8-3

275 Mark Wychor, Moorhead Pinned Michael Cormican, Fosston-Bagley, 1:23

Third Place

103 Sam Tellers, United North Central Pinned Jacob Magnell, Red Lake County Central, 2:51

112 Logan Gage, United Clay Becker Pinned Garret Sander, Fosston-Bagley, 1:36

119 Zach Bernu, Wadena-Deer Creek Pinned Sam Haugen, Fertile-Beltrami, 1:47

125 Lucas Maul, Fosston-Bagley Pinned Cody Beauchane, Fertile-Beltrami, 2:51

130 Nick Langeberg, Moorhead Pinned Max Pajari, United North Central, 4:05

135 Casey Gajeski, East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart Dec. Mike Zupan, Moorhead, 2-1

140 Brandon Flickinger, Staples-Motley Pinned Jacob Wegscheid, Wadena-Deer Creek, 1:32

145 Derrick Rude, Wadena-Deer Creek Pinned Hunter Lindberg, Fertile-Beltrami, :50

152 Jacob Ludovissie, Wadena-Deer Creek Dec. Brent Lisson, Staples-Motley, 0-0

160 Aaron Uselman, Wadena-Deer Creek Pinned Brent Hagen, East Grand Forks / Sacred Heart, 4:37

171 Isaac Lustila, Wadena-Deer Creek Pinned Travis Larson, Red Lake County Central, 3:48

189 Tyler Johnson, Red Lake County Central Pinned Evan Gary, Moorhead, 5:40

215 Tyler Wohlwend, Wadena-Deer Creek Pinned Jacob Trowbridge, Moorhead, 4:50

275 Brandon Schoeberl, United Clay Becker Pinned David DeYonge, Staples-Motley, 2:02

Fifth Place

103 Sam Waln, Wadena-Deer Creek Pinned Eddie Bushaw, East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart, 2:59

112 Ben Herbst, Moorhead Dec. Steven Henderson, Fertile-Beltrami, 2-1

119 Mark Harmon, Fosston-Bagley Dec. Tyler Pogreba, Staples-Motley, 7-0

125 Tyler Holub, Staples-Motley bye

130 Dylan Kylander, Staples-Motley bye

135 Mike Johnson, United North Central Pinned Ryler Johnson, Fosston-Bagley, :35

140 Cory McClung, Fosston-Bagley Pinned Elijah Beaudine, United Clay Becker, 2:15

145 Dylan Huttunen, United North Central Maj. dec. Wyatt LaFriniere, Fosston-Bagley, 17-7

152 Blake Bixby, Fertile-Beltrami Dflt Derek Braseth, United Clay Becker

160 Zach Neufeld, Fertile-Beltrami Dec. Skyler Bergeson, Red Lake County Central, 0-0

171 Kyle Jadeke, Fertile-Beltrami Fall Tyler Meech, United North Central, 2:57

189 Nolan Johnson, Wadena-Deer Creek Fall Aaron Mehling, East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart, 1:28

215 Keaton Laymon, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Fall Joe Anderson, United Clay Becker, 2:50

275 Dylan Anderson, Wadena-Deer Creek By Default over Tyler Tougas, Red Lake County Central

OTC 38, BHV 35

The Raiders lost at six straight matches Tuesday night in falling to the Bulldogs.

OTC trailed 9-0 after the first two matches but Zach Johnson and Greg Blum posted victories at 119 and 125 and the Raiders were forced to forfeit at 130, 135 and 140.

The Raiders won six of the final seven matches. State-ranked Cody Braaten defeated OTC's tough Patrick Nilson on a technical fall at 5:55 in their 160-pound match. Cody Grasswick gave the Bulldogs all the points they would need when he pinned Andy Bounds at the 3:50 mark in their 171-pound match. The Raiders came on very strong at the end with Amos Schmidt, Dylan Koppendrayer and Colin Turchin racking up pins.

Otter Tail Central 38,

Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale 35

103: Jackie Swenson (BHV) dec. Dylan Schwartz (OTC) 8-2

112: Hayden Truax (BHV) pinned Darius Erlandson (OTC) 3:24

119: Zach Johnson (OTC) pinned Dan Houchin (BHV) 1:48

125: Greg Blum (OTC) dec. Kasey Horn (BHV) 7-4

130: Zach Matthys (OTC) won by forfeit

135: Jacob Meder (OTC) won by forfeit

140: Tyler Olson (OTC) won by forfeit

145: Brendan Hart (OTC) tech. fall Dillon Card (BHV) 4:55

152: Dakota Aeling (BHV) dec. Anthony Hinson (OTC) 9-5

160: Jake Braaten (BHV) tech. fall Patrick Nilson (OTC) 5:55

171: Cody Grasswick (OTC) pinned Andrew Bounds (BHV) 3:50

189: Amos Schmidt (BHV) pinned Kaleb Mintin (OTC) :48

215: Dylan Koppendrayer (BHV) pinned Chris Haugrud (OTC) 3:37

HWT: Colin Turchin (BHV) pinned Charles Johnson (OTC) :24

WDC 39, B-H/V 31

Zack Bernu came up with a good cradle when he needed it Thursday night and helped the Wolverines pull out a tough 39-31 victory over the Raiders.

The Wolverines had to dominate the lower weights against the Raiders and they did -- winning six of the first seven matches. Bernu's victory gave the Wolverines a lead they never surrendered. Mitch Steffens, Jordan Rentz, Jared Wegscheid and Jacob Wegscheid all recorded victories behind him as the Wolverines built a commanding 33-6 lead. Steffens' victory was his 12th in 15 matches. Jared Wegscheid's win was the 98th of his prep career.

The Raiders came storming back beginning at 145 winning six of seven matches. Dakota Aeling, Dillon Card, and Justin Kern joined state-ranked wrestlers Jake Braaten, Amos Schmidt and Colin Turchin in racking up 25 team points. Isaac Lustila gave the Wolverines a big six points at 171 when he pinned eighth-grader Andy Bounds in just 44 seconds.

WDC 39, B-H/V 31

103: Sam Waln (WDC) dec. Marshal Willis (BHV) 9-5

112: Hayden Truax (BHV) pinned Josh Lawson (WDC) 1:13

119: Zack Bernu (WDC) pinned Dan Houchin (BHV) 3:06

125: Mitch Steffens (WDC) pinned Kasey Horn (BHV) 2:42

130: Jordan Rentz (WDC) pinned Kody Graba (BHV) 3:39

135: Jared Wegscheid (WDC) pinned Josh Weekley (BHV) 1:48

140: Jacob Wegscheid (WDC) won by forfeit

145: Dakota Aeling (BHV) dec. Derrick Rude (WDC) 7-4

152: Dillon Card (BHV) dec. Jacob Ludovissie (WDC) 6-0

160: Jake Braaten (BHV) dec. Aaron Uselman (WDC) 7-3

171: Isaac Lustila (WDC) pinned Andy Bounds (WDC) :44

189: Justin Kern (BHV) pinned Nolan Johnson (WDC) 3:05

215: Amos Schmidt (BHV) maj. dec. Tyler Wohlwend (WDC) 12-4

Hwt: Colin Turchin (BHV) pinned Dylan Anderson (WDC) :48

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