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Wolverines pin United North Central 60-12

With nine pins in 14 weights, the WDC wrestling team put on a pinning clinic Dec. 11 in a 60-12 win over United North Central (Menahga-Sebeka) in Wadena. The Wolverines put together streaks of three and five pins in a row to easily outdistance th...

With nine pins in 14 weights, the WDC wrestling team put on a pinning clinic Dec. 11 in a 60-12 win over United North Central (Menahga-Sebeka) in Wadena. The Wolverines put together streaks of three and five pins in a row to easily outdistance the Warriors.

"We have been working a lot on putting people to their back and keeping them there," said Coach Norm Gallant. "The kids have really been getting after the bonus points and they seem to be feeding off of one another right now."

As they have been doing all season, the little guys got the Wolverines off to a fast start. Mitch Steffens, Jordan Rentz and Derrick Rude spotted WDC an 18-0 lead, wrestling a total of only five minutes and nine seconds. Rentz led the way with a 36-second pin over United North Central's Brody Benson at 112.

After a double forfeit at 125, Max Aho got the Warriors on the board with a 5-3 decision over Jared Wegscheid. Aho controlled the match, working a nice combination of pinning holds to keep Wegscheid off balance.

Jacob Wegscheid followed with a pin for the Wolverines, before Tom Tomperi won a wild 10-8 overtime decision over Eric Monson at 140.

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From there it was all Wolverines. Matt Hagen, Trey VanOrsdel, Tyler Savaloja, Isaac Lustila, and Tony Wegscheid all pinned their Warrior opponents. Only Wegscheid and Savaloja wrestled into the second period. Wegscheid's pin came over 10th-ranked Tyler Ahlf.

"Tony did a great job in his match," Gallant said. "He's really been working hard on improving on his feet this year and I think that showed in this match. He's wrestling very well right now."

After Josh Sweere picked up a forfeit, United North Central's Zach Nevala finished the match by rolling Eddie Lustila through a headlock, picking up a pin and bringing the final to 60-12.

The Wolverines finished the tough 33-team Big Bear Tournament in 11th place Saturday in Cass Lake. Twelve of the 14 Wolverine wrestlers scored team points in the tournament and five individuals finished in the top eight for the weekend.

Trey VanOrsdel and Tony Wegscheid led the way, each earning third place finishes.

After receiving a bye in the first round, VanOrsdel dropped a tough 5-3 decision to Tyler Tooft of Morris to drop into the consolation bracket. Despite the disappointing loss, VanOrsdel refocused and tore through the consolations. VanOrsdel earned six consecutive pins on his way back for third place. Included in the pin-fest were seventh-ranked Eli Jensen of Badger/Greenbush/Middle River, Jake Patnode of Brainerd and Colter Uscola of Park Rapids. VanOrsdel's record now stands at 12-2 with an astonishing 12 pins this season.

"Trey was disappointed with his first match," Gallant said. "But I think the way he came back shows a lot about his character. He wrestled as well in the consolation bracket as any WDC wrestler has for a long time. He pinned some excellent wrestlers."

WDC's other senior captain, Tony Wegscheid, also finished in third place. Wegschied pinned Fosston Bagley's Cory Wilson in the first round and advanced to the semi-finals with a 5-0 win over Hutchinson's Tony Schlueter. In the semis, Wegscheid matched up with PLPRB's Pat Bresnahan. Bresnahan countered two Wegscheid shots, one in the first period and one in the third to earn a 5-2 decision.

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"Tony didn't wrestle his smartest match in the semifinals," Gallant said. "He and Bresnahan have probably matched up eight or 10 times over the past four years, so Tony knew what he was going to do. Bresnahan did a good job of taking Wegscheid out of his match and he capitalized on a couple of poor shots."

Wegscheid also was able to refocus and finish on the third place podium. After defeating BGMR's Jordan Kapphan 2-1, Wegscheid defeated 10th-ranked Tyler Ahlf of United North Central for the second time in five days to claim the third spot. This time Wegcheid scored a 7-2 decision.

Wolverine 112-pounder Jordan Rentz finished in seventh place. Rentz went 3-2 with a pin to finish in the seventh spot. He ran into a buzz saw in 8th ranked senior and eventual champion Ian Peppel of Barnesville in the quarter finals, losing by a technical fall in 6:00.

Also finishing in the top eight were freshmen twins Jared and Jacob Wegscheid. Each went 4-3 to finish in the eighth spot at 125 and 130. Both ran into tough West Central Area wrestlers to get knocked into the consolation bracket, but wrestled well enough to get into the placement rounds.

Several Wolverines came very close to placing and scored points for the team. Mitch Steffens was 2-2 with two pins, Matt Hagen was 2-2 with a pin, and Eddie Lustila was 3-2 with two pins. Each came up one match short of placing. Josh Sweere and Tyler Savaloja were each 2-2 with two pins, while Aaron Uselman and Derrick Rude each went 1-2. Rude picked up a pin, and Uselman won by major decision. Eric Monson and Isaac Lustila each went 0-2 for the Wolverines.

"Overall, I though we did a lot of good things," Gallant said. "I think we wrestled well, but we also saw some things we need to work on. We left some points up here, but we continued to do a good job of pinning people. We scored 43 bonus points, 42 by way of fall. We expect the kids to continue to be aggressive and rack up those pins."

The Wolverines traveled to Frazee on Tuesday for a dual meet with the fourth-ranked Hornets. They will be idle until after the holidays and will be back in action on Jan. 3 when they host a triangular with Pelican Rapids and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale starting at 5 p.m.

United North Central at WDC on Dec. 11

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Wolverines 60, Warriors 12

103: Mitch Steffens (WDC) pinned Jacob Malone (UNC) 1:03

112: Jordan Rentz (WDC) pinned Brody Benson (UNC) :36

119: Derrick Rude (WDC) pinned Ben Meach (UNC) 3:30

125: double forfeit

130: Max Aho (UNC) dec. Jared Wegscheid (WDC) 5-3

135: Jacob Wegscheid (WDC) pinned Kyle Kenyon (UNC) 1:19

140: Tom Tomperi (UNC) dec. Eric Monson (W-DC) 10-8 OT

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145: Matt Hagen (WDC) pinned Tyler Meech (UNC) :47

152: Trey VanOrsdel (WDC) pinned Josh Meech (UNC) 1:31

160: Tyler Savaloja (WDC) pinned Josh Seimson (UNC) 2:44

171: Issac Lustila (WDC) pinned Jon Johnson (UNC) :48

189: Tony Wegscheid (WDC) pinned Tyler Ahlf (UNC) 2:26

215: Josh Sweere (WDC) won by forfeit

Hwt: Zach Nevala (UNC) pinned Eddie Lustila (WDC) 1:41

WDC at Big Bear Tournament in Cass Lake Dec. 14-15

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Team Results

Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 180, Aitkin 168.5, Fergus Falls 151.5, Little Falls 143, Thief River Falls 139, Greenbush-Middle River/Badger 135.5, Bemidji 131.5, Hutchinson 125.5, Brainerd/Pillager 121, Hibbing 120.5, WDC 117, New York Mills 112, Crosby-Ironton 108.5, Crookston 97.5, Barnesville 90.5, Roseau 89, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 78, Detroit Lakes 75.5, Deer River/Northland 74, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena 56, West Central Area/Ashby 55.5, Park Rapids Area 55, Morris Area/Hancock 53, Red Lake County Central 50, Fosston/Bagley 44.5, East Grand Forks 44, Moorhead 43, United North Central 40.5, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 31, Fertile-Beltrami 31, Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl 22, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis 20, Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway 17

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