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Fulda/MCC Warriors split triangular with TMB/WWG and Luverne

December 25, 2012

By: Sean Solheim

Sports writer
Before the Holiday break, the Fulda/Murray County Central Warrior wrestling team hosted a triangular in Fulda with TMB/WWG and Luverne. The Warriors had good success against the Panthers, but the Cardinals did everything they could to get a win over the Warriors.

F/MCC and the Panthers first squared off to start the triangular. In the first match of the day, Daulton Carlson and Jon Gehl wrestled in the 106 pound class. Carlson was able to get the Panthers control right away in the team points about half way through the second period. There, Gehl couldn’t escape the grasp that Carslon had on him, and Carlson was able to win by fall in 4:29.

The tides turned in the 113 pound match with Clayton Hartle wasting no time on Nash Meyer. Not even a minute into the first period, Hartle flipped Meyer on his back and gave the Warriors six points on the board with a pin in 43 seconds.

The pin trend continued for a couple more weight classes. In the 120 class, Devin Skalak battled with Tate Meyer for a couple rounds before Skalak earned himself the pin over Meyer in 3:56. Logan Axford of TMB/WWG wrestled Will Gehl in the 126 pound class and Axford too earned himself a win by fall, which gave the Panthers an 18-6 lead at that point.

From there, the Warriors came back and tied the team points after the seventh match of the night. In the 132 pound class, Ben Blanchette took on Caleb Christian. That match was the first to go the entire time frame on the night, and Blanchette had the edge during the entire match. In the end, Blanchette was able to stay on top and won by decision, 12-7. Dalton Keeler and Jordan Towne met in the 138 pound match and Keeler was able to gain six points with a pin in the second period. Tanner Nelson also gave the Warriors points on the board in his match that went all three periods. Nelson was able to win by decision, 5-0, over Sterling Schwartz in the 145 pound match.

Open spots in the 152, 160, and 170 pound classes moved the match on quickly. Anthony Koch and Auston Peterson received wins by forfeit for the Panthers, and Ben Loosbrock gained a win by forfeit in the 170 pound class.

Dylan Nelson and Ozzy Chan were the next two to meet and that was in the 182 pound match. Nelson and Chan were neck and neck until the second period. There, Nelson was able to gain complete control of Chan, flipped him over on his back, and touched both his shoulders on the ground to receive a pin in 3:38.

Tanner Michelson of TMB/WWG did the same thing for the Panthers as Nelson did for the Warriors in the previous match. Michelson was matched up with Shay Posthuma of the Warriors and in 1:10, Posthuma was pinned by Michelson to give the Panthers six more points.

Brian Behrends, one of the Senior wrestlers for the Warriors, had the quickest match out of every wrestler that night. Behrends was matched up with Brandon Balsavage in the 220 pound class and Behrends only needed 12 seconds to give the Warriors six more points on the board as he won by fall.

Both teams were tied at 36 points as they headed into the final match of the night in the 285 pound class. The tie breaker was won the easiest that a lot of teams see as they wrestle one another. Arron Benson stepped on the mat, the referee raised his hand signaling the win as Benson received six points by forfeit to give the Warriors the win over the Panthers, 42-36.

The second match of the triangular featured the Panthers and the Cardinals. The Cardinals dominated most of the match and had plenty of room in the end. The Cardinals knocked off the Panthers, 56-15.

In the final match of the day, the Cardinals competed with the Warriors, and still showed they were dominant. The Warriors were able to give the Cardinals a better fight than the Panthers did, but in the end, the Cardinals were able to stay on top, 45-27.

The Warriors will travel to Mondevideo for a tournament on December 28th.

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