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Wolverines finish third in Park Rapids Invitational

WDC wrestler Mitch Steffens competes in a 112-pound match with Perham's Brandon Lueders during a Dec. 10 dual in Wadena. Steffens pinned Lueders at the 5:04 mark.

Norm Gallant threw the credit for last Saturday's third place finish in the Park Rapids Invitational right into the lap of his Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers.

"The kids really came together as a team," Gallant said. "I liked our intensity and the kids really seemed to feed off of each other. It was WDC team wrestling, the way we expect to perform. The kids showed what they can do against a couple of very good teams."

The Wolverines drew state powerhouse Apple Valley in the first round and fell to Jim Jackson's club 56-6. The Class 3A club, ranked No. 1 in the state in 3A, won 13 of 14 matches. Jordan Rentz broke up the metro club's bid for a shutout when he pinned J.J. Ginther at the 3:45 mark in their 130-pound match.

The Wolverines bounced back from the Apple Valley loss to defeat Park Rapids 43-34. The Wolverines won six of the first seven matches to put the Panthers away. Mitch Steffens, Zack Bernu, Rentz, Jared Wegscheid and Jacob Wegscheid scored pins during the blitz while Isaac Schroeder pulled out a 7-5 decision.

Not to be outdone by the lighter weights, WDC's middle and upper weights carried the load against Lisbon in the third place match. Michael Nord's forfeit victory at 145 was Lisbon's final victory as the Wolverines chalked up six straight wins for a 45-24 decision.

Derrick Rude posted a 9-1 win at 152 and Jake Ludovissie really put a fire under the Wolverines with a 7-6 win at 160. The sophomore had lost his first two matches by fall and decision but he kept Lisbon's Connor Stotts off balance with a cross face series.

"Jake's match was key," Gallant said. "He is gaining confidence and he is very scrappy. His win really got the big boys going."

Aaron Uselman was a forfeit winner at 171. Isaac Lustila pinned Tom Dukes at the 42 second mark, Tyler Wohlwend won by fall at 215 in a time of 1:53 and Tony Reurink notched a 4-2 decision at heavyweight.

The Wolverines will travel to Frazee Tuesday for a match with Class A's fourth-ranked Hornets.

Apple Valley 56, WDC 6

103 Shamar Williams AV fall :43 Sam Waln WDC

112 Jordan Kingsley AV fall :26 Josh Lawson WDC

119 Cory Rathman AV 9-5 Mitch Steffens WDC

125 Paul Cheny AV fall :56 Zack Bernu WDC

130 Jordan Rentz WDC fall 3:45 JJ Ginther AV

135 Matt Kelliher AV maj 9-1 Jared Wegscheid WDC

140 Daniel Woiwer AV fall 2:27 Jacob Wegscheid WDC

145 Jason Halcomb AV 6-1 Derrick Rude WDC

152 Bent Louis AV maj 9-1 Jacob Ludovissie WDC

160 Double Forfeit

171 Steve Keogh AV fall 4:48 Aaron Uselman WDC

189 Matt Heschel AV tech fall 6:00 Isaac Lustila WDC

215 Joe Sullivan AV maj 9-1 Tyler Wohlwend WDC

HWT Harold Delancy AV 1-0 Tony Reurink WDC

WDC 43, Park Rapids 34

103 Ben Baumgartner PR fall 1:20 Sam Waln WDC

112 Mitch Steffens WDC fall 1:52 Michael Sandretzky PR

119 Zack Bernu WDC fall 2:17 Cameron Free PR

125 Isaac Schroeder WDC dec. 7-5 Dylan Holmer PR

130 Jordan Rentz WDC fall 1:50 Luke Harig PR

135 Jared Wegscheid WDC fall 3:01 Adam Brandstrom PR

140 Jacob Wegscheid WDC fall 1:09 Zac Haugland PR

145 Zachary Steffen PR wins by forfeit

152 Derrick Rude WDC maj 19-5 Kevin Just PR

160 Danny Pike PR fall 1:50 Jacob Ludovissie WDC

171 Jared Nash PR 7-0 Aaron Uselman WDC

189 John Drury PR fall :13 Isaac Lustila WDC

215 Tyler Wohlwend WDC wins by forfeit

HWT Kenny Weaver PR fall 2:59 Tony Reurink

Third Place Match

WDC 42, Lisbon N.D. 24

103 Jacob Aberle Lis fall :38 Sam Waln WDC

112 Mitch Steffens WDC fall 3:44 Jace Berg Lis

119 Dylan Ulbach Lis fall :58 Zack Bernu WDC

125 Wyatt Aberle Lis 11-7 Isaac Schroeder WDC

130 Jordan Rentz WDC 7-1 James Briss Lis

135 Jared Wegscheid WDC fall 1:51 Joe Nelson Lis

140 Hunter Mains Lis 8-7 Jacob Wegscheid WDC

145 Michael Nord Lis won by forfeit

152 Derrick Rude WDC maj 9-1 Derek Jones Lis

160 Jacob Ludovissie WDC 7-6 Connor Stotts Lis

171 Aaron Uselman WDC won by forfeit

189 Isaac Lustila WDC fall :42 Thomas Dukes Lis

215 Tyler Wohlwend WDC fall 1:53 Tyler Doll Lis

HWT Tony Reurink WDC dec. 4-2 Tanner Doll Lis

Perham 54, Wadena-Deer Creek 21

The Yellowjackets won the final seven matches of the night last Thursday in handing the Wolverines a dual loss.

Perham wrestlers captured 10 of the 14 weight classes.

Winning for the Wolverines were Mitch Steffens (112), Jordan Rentz (130), Jared Wegscheid (135) and Jacob Wegscheid (140).

Perham 54, Wadena-Deer Creek 21

103: James Harlow (P) pinned Sam Waln (WDC) 3:48

112: Mitch Steffens (WDC) pinned Brandon Lueders (P) 5:04

119: Luke Sailer (P) pinned Zack Bernu (WDC) 1:21

125: Sam Warne (P) tech. fall Isaac Schroeder (WDC) 4:00

130: Jordan Rentz (WDC) pinned Brady Sazama (P) 1:42

135: Jared Wegscheid (WDC) pinned Mike Warne (P) 2:19

140: Jacob Wegscheid (WDC) dec. Ty Haverland (P) 5-1

145: Taylor Doll (P) maj. dec. Derrick Rude (WDC) 14-5

152: Cody Palubicki (P) tech. fall Jake Ludovissie (WDC) 5:56

160: Andrew Molberg (P) won by forfeit

171: Charlie Schmitz (P) maj. dec. Aaron Uselman (WDC) 10-2

189: Chris Scheidecker (P) pinned Isaac Lustila (WDC) 4:24

215: Ben Brill (P) pinned Dylan Anderson (WDC) 2:32

Hwt: Jon Langlie (P) pinned Tony Reurink (WDC) 5:55