BALSAM LAKE – Some replacement wrestlers were found but the weight divisions had to be adjusted.
In a Lakeland West matchup on Thursday, the Unity wrestling team hosted Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg-Siren for what would have been a very quick event. The coaches had to convene to find a solution for their variety of voids between the two rosters.
“This meet, we didn’t matchup very well,” LFGS coach Chris Bartlett said. “The Unity coach and I were able to lineup matches between middle-school wrestlers to fill-in the night.
“It was fun to have the younger kids wrestle in front of the crowd. Hopefully this will encourage growth of the sport.”
Between the five varsity matches that were held and all the voids, LFGS was still able to take a 42-28 win. But no filler matches were needed in Saturday’s Chieftain Duals at Osceola, though LFGS was still not at full strength.
“With only nine guys in the lineup, I didn’t come into the day thinking we would win any of the duals,” Bartlett said. “I was just looking to get some quality matches.”
Nolan Johnson (106) and Taedon Nichols (126) combined for 10 quality matches for LFGS, both going undefeated with five wins each. Landyn Johnson (138) won four matches and only an overtime loss spoiled his bid for a third undefeated LFGS wrestler on the day.
LFGS starts a two-day Northern Badger Wrestling Classic this Friday and Bartlett is confident his team will match its success at Osceola, if not surpass it.
“I can see quite a few of our guys making it to the second day,” he said.
The Rails enter this weekend’s invitational at River Falls trying to get at least the win that avoided them last week at home.
Spooner-Webster hosted Northwestern on Thursday forfeited three matches, which made the difference in a 49-30 loss. Northwestern won by pin at 106 and 126, along with forfeit wins at 113 and 120. Isaac Hopke (132) prevented Northwestern from taking each division from 106-152, by pinning Jordan Herrmann in 3:22.
Northwestern won by pin, major decision and decision in the next three divisions, though Brandon Meister (160) and Jacob Hedinger (170) earned 12 total team points in their matches. Meister defeated Jesse Larson in 5:21 and Hedinger won the quickest match of the event, pinning Landon Conners in 28 seconds.
But, Northwestern won another by forfeit at 182 and won by pin at 220. Carter Melton (195) pinned Shane Schiff in 2:31 and Ian Perrine (285) pinned Trent Orlowski in 1:38 for Spooner-Webster’s additional two wins.
Spooner-Webster starts the two-day event at River Falls on Friday and has more than a week off before hosting Ashland on Jan. 7.