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Lutheran West 41, Fairview 27
By Dave Ressler  | staff
Thursday, January 12, 2012


The Longhorn Wrestlers took on the Warriors of Fairview for the second time this season. This time it was for a PAC-12 dual and many of the wrestlers had changed weight classes since their first meeting. The result was the same though – a victory for the Longhorns.

The match started off with some controversy right at the starting weight class, 195. The Warriors had to report first, so Coach Dave Ressler and assistant coach D.J. Vondruska held senior Gabriel Petkac to see who Fairview would send out. When Fairview sent out Tyler Keating, Coach Ressler decided to forfeit the match and save Petkac for the final match at 182 lbs. Fairview then tried to send their other 182 pounder out at 220 lbs. but Ressler and Vondruska caught Fairview red-handed when they pulled out the weigh-in sheet to prove to the official that the Fairview wrestler was not eligible for the 220 lb. weight class. The official agreed and junior Matt Glowacki took the forfeit, followed by freshman Kristian Bremer getting the forfeit at 285.

The Longhorns took a 12-6 lead going into the 106 lb. match. Freshman Tim Mecklenburg was facing senior Matt Wallace for the second time. This time Mecklenburg didn’t get the pin but controlled the match for a 12-2 major decision. Fairview got the pin at 113 over backup 106 pounder freshman Elijah Mooneyham. The Longhorns bounced right back with another major decision at 120 lbs. by junior Bryce Deblock.

Pins by senior Ryan Rusnak and junior Izaak Zrnich put the Longhorns up 32-12 with six matches to go. Junior Chance Huey scored the only offensive point in his bout at 138 but gave up two escapes and two penalty points to lose 4-3. Junior Gevin Maxwell got the three team points back with a 9-5 decision at 145. Fairview got 9 more points with a 5-3 decision at 152 and a pin at 160 to put the score at 35-24.

With two matches to go Fairview could still win the dual with two pins in the final bouts. However, junior Andrew Liese was able to put the match away with a third period pin. The last match of the dual was a repeat of the first week’s bout between senior Gabriel Petkac and Thomas of Fairview. Thomas won in overtime in week one. Again it was a battle for three periods and ended in another tie, 1-1. Once again in overtime Thomas was able to get a takedown and back-points to win 6-1.

The final score of the dual was Lutheran West 41 and Fairview 27. “It was a good, hard-fought win for us tonight,” stated Coach Ressler. “I’m glad we came away with the win to stay undefeated in the Stripes Division.”

Fri 12/2/11
W, 36-22
Sat 12/3/11
1st out of 8
Thu 12/8/11
W, 42-37
Thu 12/8/11
L, 63-17
Sat 12/10/11
Thu 12/15/11
W, 60-5
Thu 12/15/11
L, 32-30
Sat 12/17/11
10th out of 14
Fri 12/23/11
10th out of 15
Thu 1/5/12
W, 54-27
Thu 1/5/12
L, 44-30
Thu 1/12/12
W, 41-27
Thu 1/12/12
L, 39-33
Sat 1/14/12
W, 47-24
Sat 1/14/12
W, 48-21
2011-12 Coach Dave Ressler
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