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Warriors battle Fairmont and Worthington

January 31, 2013

by Sean Solheim
Lately, the Warrior wrestling team has had an onslaught of match ups during the previous few weeks, but this last week the Warriors had only one match. They packed up their bags and traveled to Worthington to take part in a triangular with the Trojans and the Red Bulls from Fairmont/Martin County West.

The Warriors struggled first against the Red Bulls, but also had a few individuals show improvement in their game. Clayton Hartle gave the Warriors their first win of the match in the 113 pound class. With 45 seconds left in the second period, Hartle had control of Collin Steuber and was able to get the pin call. Later, Ben Blanchette took on Levi Bulfer in the 126 pound class and Blanchette was in control all the way. Blanchette took down Bulfer right away for two quick points, and just aobut had a pin early in the first, but got three points for a near fall. After Bufler escaped, Blanchette gained control once again and almost had another pin. However, the buzzer sounded and Blanchette was awarded two points to go up 9-1 at the end of the first. In the second period, Blanchette started on the mat and easily earned a reverse right away. Just like the first period, he almost had a couple of pins, but just couldn’t quite get the second shoulder to touch the mat. As the buzzer sounded, Blanchette was given the win in the match by technical fall, 17-1.

Dalton Keeler in the 138 pound class had a great match himself, but couldn’t quite shut the door in the end. Keeler was matched up with Harley Luhmann and at first, it seemed like Luhmann was in control. Luhmann had a 6-2 lead after the first period, but Keeler made a comeback as the match drew to a close. Keeler earned an escaep right away in the second and later gained control of Luhmann with only three seconds that remained. At the start of the third, Keeler was just down by one point, 6-5. Luhmann was able to earn an escape right away to go up 7-5, and unfortunately for Keeler, nothing else happened as the match closed. Luhmann took the win by decision, 7-5.

Senior Ben Loosbrock added another win to his already 100+ wins with a quick pin over his opponent, Phillip Bowie. He was able to do so with just 39 seconds left in the first period. Brian Behrends was also able to earn a win by pin and he finished the match off with 29 seconds left in the first period. The win by Behrends was the last win for the Warriors as they fell to Fairmont/MCW, 54-23.

In the match with the Trojans, the Warriors had better luck against them, especially with individual success.

Just like the other match, Hartle started out the Warriors with their first win and he was able to get a pin over his opponent, Hser Moo Pwae. Blanchette continued to fight hard after his dominant match earlier in the day. He was paired up with Jeffrey Camacho and in no time, Blanchette earned the pin against him to put the Warriors up, 12-10. After a few pins against the Warriors, Jordan Clarke came out and wrestled well against Zach Bruns from Worthington. Clarke was in complete control of that match and when the final buzzer sounded, five points were given to the warriors for a major decision win, 18-2. Loosbrock also was in complete control of his match in the 160 pound class. Zach Kempema couldn’t keep up with the Senior from MCC and Loosbrock was able to earn a win by decision, 17-4. Behrends got another win in the triangular, except it was by a forfeited match. Arron Benson rounded out the bout with the Trojans with 5-0 decision over Peter Abraham. Despite the final win by Benson, the Warriors fell short, 46-30.

Fulda/Murray County Central will have an entire week off before wrestling again in the first week of February.


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