Finally coming close to filling all of their weights, Wadena-Deer Creek split its two matches at the Crosby-Ironton Triangular Tueday night.
The Wolverines lost a dual to Park Rapids Area 46-28 and dismantled C-I 45-6 in what will go down as W-DC’s last Mid-State Conference dual.
"The Wolverines wrestled as well as they have all year," stated head coach Norm Gallant.
Park Rapids Area had soundly defeated the Wolverines 56-6 early in the season and were sporting a 15-2 record coming into the match.
"The focus was on improving and closing gaps," Gallant explained. "And (we) did that against a very solid team."
Highlights of the match included pins from the Godel boys at 120 and 126 pounds. Chase earned his in 1:49, while big brother Tristin needed just 43 seconds to get the job done.
Tyler Wheeler wrestled undefeated and 4th ranked Ben Baumgartner at 145 pounds. Wheeler kept the score close and trailed 6-1 after two periods. Baumgartner changed his strategy in the third period and picked up three takedowns, winning by a final score of 12-4
"Tyler battled the entire six minutes and hung in there with a great wrestler," commented Gallant.
Isaac Malone wrestled a great match at 182, picking up four takedowns in the third period to earn a 17-7 major decision. Joseph Baker also was having his way with Logan Veo at 220 pounds before Veo injured his shoulder and was unable to continue.
"All in all the team wrestled great," said Gallant. "Even in matches we lost, the Wolverines showed improvement and kept things close."
The Panthers got pins from Cody Dravis and Justin Dravis at 152 and 160 pounds respectively, the aforementioned major decision by Baumgartner at 145 and decisions by Ashton Clark and Landon Burlingame at 106 and 113. Jared Sunram (132), Zach Nelson (170), Zach Tretbar (182) and Chris Baxter (285) each won by forfeit.
Against the Rangers, W-DC kept the positive momentum and ramped it up a notch.
Mason Snyder started the dual with an impressive 5-2 win at 106 pounds. After Cody Wheeler got pinned at 113, The Wolverines finished by winning the rest of the matches wrestled.
Chase Godel started with a 9-2 win at 120 and Tristin Godel received a forfeit at 126. From 145 to 160, the Wolverines were dominant.
Carter Wright dismantled C-I’s best wrestler 11-4. Wheeler followed with a pin at the 3:38 mark and Blaine Snyder used his patented fireman’s carry to build a 12-3 lead before gluing his opponent’s shoulders to the mat at the 2:22 mark.
After Steven Erkenbrack picked up a forfeit at 160, Malone earned a pin at the 2:58 mark in his 185-pound match and Logan Wegscheid finished the dual by picking up his first varsity win and pin at the 4:22 mark.
"It was a neat deal for the young seventh grade 220-pounder," Gallant said.