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Keystone 44, Lutheran West 30
By Dave Ressler  |  LutheranWest.com staff
Thursday, January 5, 2012

KEYSTONE -- 
After soundly defeating Columbia in the first dual, the Longhorns faced cross-division unbeaten rival Keystone in the second match.  The match started at the 170 lb. weight class where junior Andrew Liese could not stop the takedowns of his Keystone opponent.  Liese did get a beautiful throw of his opponent but was only able to get the takedowns because the Keystone wrestler’s shoulders were out of bounds.
 
Down 4-0 Coach Dave Ressler turned to senior Gabriel Petkac to get the Longhorns back on track.  Petkac was tied going into the third period when he turned into his opponent and was pinned.  After a double forfeit at 195 the Longhorns finally got on the board when freshman Kristian Bremer took the top position in the second period and secured the fall.  Keystone now led 10-6.
 
With the Longhorns heavyweight in Mexico on a family vacation, Ressler had to forfeit to Keystone.  Again, as in the first match with Columbia, Coach Ressler turned to his son to get the Longhorns back on track.  Freshman Jacob Ressler built up an 11-1 lead before pinning his Keystone opponent.  Freshman Tim Mecklenburg was put in at 113 to take a forfeit and to give the Longhorns their first lead 18-16. 
 
Unfortunately that lead was short-lived as the Longhorns came up against Keystone’s version of murderer’s row.  Led by two time state placer Brian Spangler, Keystone had two sets of brothers who are all ranked in the state.  All four lived up to their reputation and got pins of the Longhorns.  That put Keystone up 40-18.  Junior Gevin Maxwell tried to get the Longhorns back on top but gave up a major decision to give Keystone a 44-18 lead.  The Longhorns finished the dual with back-to-back pins by junior C.J. McNamee and freshman Ryan Moore to put the final score at 44-30. 
Schedule
Date
Opponent
Results
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
7th
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
2011-12 Coach Dave Ressler
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