Wolverines take fifth in Big Ole
Six Wadena-Deer Creek grapplers finished in the top three Saturday as the Wolverines placed fifth in the Big Ole Invitational at Alexandria.
Josh Lawson, Mitch Steffens and Zach Bernu were top three finishers in the 103, 112 and 119 weight classes. Lawson out-wrestled teammate Sam Waln in the 103 third place match and pinned him at 3:49.
Mitch Steffens was WDC's lone champion as he pinned Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg wrestler Zach Carlson in just 32 seconds. Bernu kept the points flowing at 119 where he challenged Frazee's Jordan Kohler for top honors but lost on a fall at the 2:44 mark.
The Wolverines skipped one weight class before Jordan Rentz placed third at 130 with a pin of Moorhead's James Golling at the 2:28 mark.
WDC was kept out of the top six over the next four weight classes but Aaron Uselman stopped the streak when he placed third by decisioning Brett Morlock of Moorhead 9-2.
Isaac Lustila challenged for the 171-pound championship but lost in the finals on a 15-6 major decision to Frazee's Rick Brandt.
Nolan Johnson notched a sixth place finish for the Wolverines at 189 losing to Moorhead's Evan Gary 10-2. Dylan Anderson placed fourth at 215 by losing to Alexandria's Andy Bouressa on a fall at the 215 mark.
State-ranked Frazee won the Big Ole team title with 239 points. The Wolverines scored 127 points in finishing fifth.
The Wolverines will host Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale in a Section 6A team tournament match Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Section 6A team finals are set Feb. 20 in New York Mills. The section individual tournament is slated Feb. 26-27 in Mills.
Big Ole Invitational
Frazee 239, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 200.5, Moorhead 158, Rocori 143, Wadena-Deer Creek 127, Alexandria 109.5
First-Trevor Strike (F) pinned Kurt Timmons (KMS) 3:28
Third-Josh Lawson (WDC) pinned Sam Waln (WDC) 3:49
First-Mitch Steffens (WDC) pinned Zach Carlson (KMS) :32
Third-Hunter Lafraniere/Sorenson (F) pinned Mitch Moe (M) 3:26
Jordan Kohler (F) pinned Zach Bernu (WDC) 2:44
Jacob Rositas (M) maj. dec. Nate Ness (R) 10-2
First-Jordan Rothers (KMS) dec. Brock Tallakson (M) 8-2
Third-Dylan Gertken (R) dec. John Duel (F) 5-2
First-Klinton VanHeuvln (KMS) dec. Wade Hukriede (F) 5-3
Third-Jordan Rentz (WDC) pinned James Golling (M) 2:28
First-Rij Koehnen (F) dec. Tyler Carlson (KMS) 7-6
Third-Tim Soldner (R) dec. Mike Zupan (M) 11-7
First-Chase Morlock (M) dec. Cody Piper (F) 9-3
Third-Jessie Engler (KMS) pinned Nick Hammje (A) 2:44
First-Casey Nunn (F) pinned Cole Ellison (A) 2:44
Third-Jordan Hemmesch dec. A.J. Wheeler (M) 5-4
First-Ben Gaughan (M) dec. Lucas Betterman (A) 7-3
Third-Levi Olivier (R) pinned Jake Schermerhorn (F) 4:08
First-Brandon VanWatermulen (F) pinned Casey Krieger (KMS) 6:49 OT
Third-Aaron Uselman (WDC) dec. Brett Morlock (M) 9-2
First-Rick Brandt (F) maj. dec. Isaac Lustila (WDC) 15-6
Third-Nate Samberg (F) dec. Cody Erkkila (A) 7-5 OT
First-Joel Bauman (KMS) dec. Kody Lafraniere/Sorenson (F) 11-5
Third-Ben Wittrock (R) dec. Kyle Fulghum (A) 3-0
First-Matt Stassen (KMS) dec. Alex Weiman (R) 6-4
Third-Andy Bouressa (A) pinned Dylan Anderson (WDC) 2:55
First-Mark Wychor (M) pinned Kyle Leiser (R) 3:25
Third-Ross Carlson (A) pinned Fred Lorentzen (KMS) 1:17