Vikings gets 7 pins, rout Worthington
Minneota wrestlers notched seven pins, a decision and a forfeit en route to whipping Worthington 51-22 in a dual meet on Thursday.
This was originally scheduled to be a triangular on Minneota with United also included. But that squad was not able to make the meet because of skin issues.
"We had some young guys step on the mat and get some nice wins," said Minneota coach Matt Myrvik. "Also, Worthington put some of their younger guys out there versus forfeiting weight classes."
One of those young Viking wrestlers, Kyler Lozinski, earned his first varsity win, getting a second-period pin at 195 pounds.
Adam DeVlaeminck started things off for the Vikings with a win at 106 pounds for a 3-0 lead. The Trojans earned three straight wins, including a forfeit, to take a 13-3 lead. But the Vikings then won eight consecutive matches on pins by Kade Lozinski at 132, Brock Fier at 138, Zack Fier at 145, Eli Gruenes at 152, Alex DePestel at 160, Jonah Gruenes at 170, and Kyler Lozinski, plus a forfeit win by Noah Gorecki at 182.
Worthington won the final two matches by decision and forfeit.
Minneota has not had its regular lineup all season, mainly due to injuries. The Vikings are still without state participant Jackson Esping, who has only wrestled a few matches this season because of an injury.
"Jackson is working on coming back for section tournaments," said Myrvik, "but we will not know until we can get him on the match to see what things look like. We have been able to get some guys back and some are battling through injuries right now. We will do our best to put our best team out come sections."
The team sections will take place at the sites of the two highest seeds on Thursday, Feb. 17. The semifinals and finals will be held Saturday, Feb. 19 in Benson. The section individual tournament will be Saturday, Feb. 26 at Minnewaska High School.
Minneota 51, Worthington 22
106 - Adam DeVlaeminck, Min, dec Alex Galvez 6-4
113 - Dalton Larson, Wor, majdec Quinton Anderson 12-0
120 - Ethan Meyer, Wor, dec Peyton Gillund 3-2
126 - Oscar Galvez, Wor, won by forfeit
132 - Kade Lozinski, Min, pin Vincent Vander Kooi 2:00
138 - Brock Fier, Min, pin Austin Gruis :51
145 - Zack Fier, Min, pin Moo Bleh :37
152 - Eli Gruenes, Min, pin Levi Hennings 5:52
160 - Alex DePestel, Min, pin Mason Schutz :41
170 - Jonah Gruenes, Min, pin Ed Day Htoo 1:49
182 - Noah Gorecki, Min, won by forfeit
195 - Kyler Lozinski, Min, pin Soe Noy Htoo 3:17
220 - Tanner Hennings, Wor, dec Hudson Scholten 12-6
295 - Cole Hennings, Wor, won by forfeit