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Lutheran West 54, Columbia 27
By Dave Ressler  | staff
Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Longhorn Wrestlers traveled to Columbia Thursday for a PAC-12 Stripes Division showdown.  The Raiders finished second to Lutheran West in the Stripes Division last season and they were looking for revenge on their senior night.  The Longhorns had other ideas in mind.
The match started at the 160 lb. weight class where junior C.J. McNamee fought hard to keep the match at a 10-3 decision loss to one of Columbia’s five seniors.  Junior captain Andrew Liese then got the Longhorns on the board with a pin with five seconds left in the match.  Liese had battled another Columbia senior into the third period tied 1-1 when he wore down his opponent and scored a takedown, put on a bundle move and pinned the Columbia wrestler with five seconds left in the match to put the Longhorns up 6-3.
Coach Dave Ressler then forfeited the 182 lb. weight class to Columbia’s Heidinger and moved senior Gabriel Petkac up to 195 where he came through with a second period pin to put the score at 12-9 in favor of Lutheran West.  Coach Ressler then traded forfeits with Columbia by moving freshman Kristian Bremer to heavyweight and avoided the Columbia 220 pounder. 
With the score 18-15 and West still in the lead, Coach Ressler turned to his son to go in at 106 when freshman starter Tim Mecklenburg failed to make weight.  Freshman Jacob Ressler did not disappoint his father.  Despite only weighing in at 92 lbs., Ressler got two quick takedowns and then the pin in 1:39 of the first period to give the Longhorns a 24-15 lead.  Junior captain Bryce Deblock followed with a 56 second pin, sophomore Justin Watson took the forfeit at 120 lbs. and senior captain Ryan Rusnak put the match out of reach with a 35 second pin.  The Longhorns had extended their lead to 42-15.  Columbia got a pin at 132 and 138 while Lutheran West finished out the match with pins by juniors Chance Huey at 145 and Gevin Maxwell at 152 to put the final score at 54-27. 
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
2011-12 Coach Dave Ressler
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