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Fulda/MCC Warriors battle in triangular with Panthers and Cardinals

December 25, 2013

	Will Gehl put the moves on his Cardinal opponent in the triangular held Tuesday evening. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sean Solheim
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sean Solheim
Will Gehl put the moves on his Cardinal opponent in the triangular held Tuesday evening.
Jon Gehl wrestled in the 113 pound class in a close and exciting match against his Luverne opponent. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sean Solheim
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sean Solheim
Jon Gehl wrestled in the 113 pound class in a close and exciting match against his Luverne opponent.
By: Sean Solheim
After coming off a nice win against Garretson, South Dakota, the Fulda/Murray County Central Warrior wrestling squad was back in action when they traveled to Westbrook to compete in a triangular with TMB/W-WG and Luverne. In the first matchup, the Warriors took on the Cardinals and after a break, they finished the night against the Panthers.

The Cardinals came out strong and got an early advantage that helped them feel comfortable with their team score all match, but individually, they had some tough competition to get through. After an open that gave six points to the Warriors in the 106 pound class, Jon Gehl took to the mat and had a tough match in the 113 pound class. Gehl earned control about midway through the first period, but fell backwards as time drew closer to expiring in the first when he was down 3-2. In the 2nd, Gehlís opponent escaped his grasps for another point before Gehl earned it right back with a takedown late in the 2nd. The third period went back and forth and came down to the closing seconds to determine a winner. Gehl began on the mat to start the third, escaped to go up by one point and gained control within the first minute to go up 7-4. The two reversed control later a couple times and at the end of the match, Gehl fell on the short side as he lost by decision, 9-8 in a close battle.

Clayton Hartle helped give the Warriors some points back in the 120 pound class. He started his match with a takedown at the 1:24 mark in the first period for two points and later earned two more in the second period off a reverse. However, both wrestlers did not get any points in the third, so Hartle took the victory by decision, 4-0 that gave the Warriors three points and were down 9-3 at the time.

The Cardinals gained more points back on a pin in the 126 pound class, however, Ben Blanchette had other ideas in the 132 pound match up. Blanchette started out with a take down in the first and later in the second period had his opponent on his back appearing as though he was going to earn the pin. However, time had expired just shortly after he had his opponent on his back and instead got a three point near fall. In the third, Blanchette continued to use his strength as he reversed control within five seconds of the period starting and almost had two pins within the last minute of the match. Blanchette gave the Warriors four points in a 12-1 major decision win.

Luverne continued to wrestle strong as the match went on. It wasnít until the 160 pound match when the Warriors earned a few more points back from Tanner Nelson. After no points were scored in the first, Nelson started on the mat in the second and earned a reversal midway through the period for two points. Later, Nelson was able to gain control after an escape by his opponent and held on to make sure no more points were scored as time expired. Nelson earned three more team points off a 4-1 decision.

As the match drew to a close, Luverne earned two more pins, gained a win by forfeit in the 182 pound match up where the Warriors also gained a win by forfeit in the 195 pound class, the final ended up with Luverne on top, 50-16.

The Warriors had a break for a match as the Cardinals and the Panthers of TMB/W-WG wrestled against one another and once that match concluded, the Panthers stayed on the mat and took on the Warriors. Just like the first match, the Panthers started out with six quick points when Nester Perez took the win by forfeit in the 106 pound class. The Panthers added another six points to the board shortly after when Daulton Carlon added a pin over Jon Gehl in the 113 pound class. Clayton Hartle wasted no time in his match against Nash Mayer. Hartle only needed the first period to gain control right away and later pin Mayer with seven seconds left in the first period. Later, Tate Meyer had a great start to his match and seemed as though the match was going to be tied at that point. However, the tides turned on Meyer fairly quickly. Tyler Illg gained control over Meyer in the first period for two points. In the second, both wrestlers started neutral and Meyer gained the upper edge at the start of the second with a takedown. While Meyer took down Illg, he also was able to get him on his back and did everything he could to push Illgís shoulders to the ground. However, Illg fought hard and Meyer was only credited with a near fall and that time, Illg reversed control on Meyer, had him on his shoulders and got the pin call late in the second to give the Panthers an 18-6 lead.

Blanchette proved once again that he was a dominant wrestler on the mat in the 132 pound class with 7-1 decision over Caleb Christian. He used all three periods to earn those seven points with two takedowns and an escape in the first two periods. In the third, he started down on the mat and quickly reversed control to gain the seventh point that went on to give the Warriors three points back as a team.

A quick pin over Will Gehl in the 138 pound match up set up the match between Jimmy Carlson and Cooper Olson in the 145 pound class. Carlson had the upper edge from the start, especially after he was awarded a near fall for almost getting a pin in the first period. Later, Carlson continued to dominate Olson when he gained control in the second and earned a reverse right away in the third. Right at the halfway mark in the third period and with one swift move, Carlson was awarded a pin over Olson. That pin gave the Warriors their 15th point of the night as a team as well.

Tanner Nelson had a very close match with River Zvorak that came down to the wire late in the third period. Zvorak gained control for the first set of points in the match up where in the second, Nelson came back to tie the dual between the two wrestlers at four. In the third, Nelson came back down 6-4 after Zvorak tookdown Nelson about twenty seconds into the period. The two wrestlers had pushed each other out of play and when they came in, Zvorak signaled that he wanted neutral position which gave a point to Nelson. That neutral selection proved to be the difference as in the closing seconds of the period, Nelson gained control over Zvorak to take a 7-6 decision win for the Warriors.

Dalton Keeler and Dylan Nelson concluded the dual between the Panthers and the Warriors before open classes officially finished the match. Keeler matched up with Tristian Varpness where Keeler held on, but had the short end of the points column where he fell by major decision, 12-1. Nelson used two periods in his match to earn a pin over Cole Olson in the 182 pound match up. That pin gave the Warriors 24 points total for the night where the three final open classes gave the Panthers a total of 52.



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