COTTAGE GROVE — The Stillwater wrestling team remains one of just two remaining without a loss in the Suburban East Conference after holding off Park 36-29 in Thursday’s dual meet.
Each team was missing a returning state qualifier from the lineup, but the Ponies prevailed in eight of the 14 matches to improve to 4-0 in the conference and 9-13 overall.
Stillwater led 33-23 after receiving a forfeit at 195 pounds and the next weight is where the Wolfpack (2-3 SEC, 5-11) missed having third-ranked Cody Linssen, a state medalist at 195 pounds a year ago. Mitchell Schertz took advantage of his absence and posted a 6-0 victory over Devon Hubbard to clinch the victory for the Ponies, even with Park notching a pin at heavyweight.
The Ponies forfeited six points to Park earlier in the match, however, as Christian Bahl — ranked fifth at 106 pounds — was out of the lineup at 113 pounds because of illness.
“They lost their best kid at 220 with a knee injury and that was unfortunate for them, but (Haden Hausken) was out and Bahl was sick for us,” Ponies coach Rich Keller said. “We wrestled well. The kids that are in there kept that momentum going from Saturday. They kept the bonus points down in most cases and we had a couple really good wins.”
With Bahl out of the lineup, Park bumped up one of its better wrestlers to 120 pounds to face Wayde Hall, who pulled out a 3-1 overtime victory after scoring a takedown with just 10 seconds remaining in the extra period.
“That was a big win for Wayde,” Keller said.
It started a run of three straight victories for the Ponies as Dillan Nelson pinned Cade Fishbaugher in 1:30 at 126 pounds and Austin Jordan continued his impressive season with a 15-0 technical fall over Daniel Duval at 132 pounds.
Stillwater won a close match at 145 pounds when Matt Riehle held off a late charge by Jake Lanik to pull out a 5-3 victory. Riehle, who weighs in at 138 pounds, entered the third period with a 5-0 lead, but had to ride out the last 45 seconds of that much in a cradle.
Competing at 152 pounds, Collin Olson was tied in his match with Brandon Young late in the third period before sticking him with just 20 seconds remaining.
“He had been behind almost the whole match,” Keller said. “With Riehle and Collin, those were two big matches.”
David Olson followed with a 13-2 major decision for the Ponies at 170 pounds and Sebastian Dingle received a forfeit at 195 pounds to set up Schertz for the clincher.
Stillwater 36, Park 29
106 — Garret Whitehead (Par) dec. Patrick Stokes, 9-2; 113 — Parise Hardy (Par) won by forfeit; 120 — Wayde Hall (St) dec. Collin LaBrose, 3-1 in OT; 126 — Dillan Nelson (St) pinned Cade Fishbaugher, 1:30; 132 — Austin Jordan (St) tech fall Daniel Duval, 15-0; 138 — David Gladyu (Par) major dec. Andy Jordan, 11-2; 145 — Matt Riehle (dec. Jake Lanik, 5-3; 152 — Colin Olson (St) pinned Brandon Young, 5:40; 160 — Cory Flaata (Par) major dec. Grant Wohlwend, 20-8; 170 — David Olson (St) major dec. Sam Figimiller, 13-2; 182 — Zach Wills (Par) pinned Vinny DeRosa, 3:35; 195 — Sebastian Dingle (St) won by forfeit; 220 — Mitchell Schertz (St) dec. Devon Hubbard, 6-0; 285 — Stephen Zemke (Par) pinned Ryan Peltier, 1:08.
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