OAK PARK HEIGHTS — With victories in each of the last two matches, Woodbury rallied for a 33-30 Suburban East Conference wrestling victory over the Ponies on Thursday at Stillwater Area High School.
It was the first conference setback of the season for the Ponies (6-1 SEC, 12-14), who fell out of sole possession of first-place in the SEC after Hastings (7-0) posted conference victories over Mounds View and Hastings. No other SEC team has fewer than two conference losses.
The Royals picked up a key victory at 220 pounds where Anthony Doreo held off Haden Hausken 9-4 to pull within three points and then Josh McClain followed by pinning Ryan Peltier in the second period to provide the difference.
With a previous victory over White Bear Lake in the books, a Stillwater victory against Woodbury would have likely resulted in the Ponies getting the top seed for the Section 4AAA team tournament.
“The kids were obviously not really happy and there was not a lot we could say,” Ponies coach Rich Keller said. “They knew what was on the line and we thought they were ready to go. We were flat and they were on. Don’t take anything away from Woodbury, we were flat and they wrestled really well.”
The Royals won three straight decisions out of the gates, including a 4-2 overtime decision from Austin Braun over Christian Bahl at 113 pounds. Woodbury also won a close match at 120 when Ty Johnson scored a takedown with just 15 seconds remaining to grab a 3-2 lead and tacked on three points late in a 6-2 win over Wayde Hall.
Dillan Nelson and Austin Jordan pinned their opponents at 126 and 132 pounds to help Stillwater get back on track and Andy Jordan added an 11-4 victory over Dion Wallisch at 138 pounds for a 15-9 lead. Woodbury answered with a major decision at 145 pounds but Collin Olson followed with a pin in 1:22 over Kevin Beseman at 152 pounds.
“Austin and Dillan both wrestled well,” Keller said. “Collin Olson is also wrestling really well.”
The Royals received a pin from their top wrestler Justin Herold-Plakut at 160 pounds and Howard Jones followed with a technical fall at 170 pounds to grab a 24-19 advantage. Sebastian Dingle needed just 1:13 to pin John McNiff at 182 pounds and Mitchell Schertz stretched Stillwater’s lead to 30-24 with an 8-7 victory over Pavel Swensen at 195 pounds.
Stillwater bounced back with a 45-25 victory over Tartan, which is another Section 4AAA foe. The Titans lost to Woodbury by six points in the second match of Thursday’s triangular.
Three of Stillwater’s eight victories against the injury-depleted Titans came via forfeit, but the Poniea also competed better in the nightcap, Keller suggested.
“We rebounded a little bit and wrestled better than we did the first match,” the coach said. “Match-ups make a big difference, but I think we also wrestled better. It was a section match we needed to win and I thought we wrestled OK. I thought we were still in shock a little bit from losing, but they came back OK.”
Woodbury 33, Stillwater 30
106 — Young Vang (Wo) dec. Patrick Stokes, 15-11; 113 — Austin Braun (Wo) dec. Christian Bahl, 4-2 in OT; 120 — Ty Johnson (Wo) dec. Wayde Hall, 6-2; 126 — Dillan Nelson (St) pinned David Beseman, :51; 132 — Austin Jordan (St) pinned Ben Malacko, 3:15; 138 — Andy Jordan (St) dec. Matt Delaney, 11-4; 145 — Ben Donnelly (Wo) dec. Matt Riehle, 14-0; 152 — Collin Olson (St) pinned Kevin Beseman, 1:22; 160 — Justin Herold-Plakut (Wo) pinned Grant Wohlwend, 2:56; 170 — Howard Jones (Wo) tech fall David Olson, 22-6; 182 — Sebastian Dingle (St) pinned John McNiff, 1:13; 195 — Mitchell Schertz (St) dec. Pavel Swensen, 8-7; 220 — Anthony Doreo (Wo) dec. Haden Hausken, 9-4; 285 — Josh McClain (Wo) pinned Ryan Peltier, 2:55.
Stillwater 45, Tartan 25
106 — Patrick Stokes (St) dec. Lucas Froemel, 9-5; 113 — Uriah Miedlinger (St) won by forfeit; 120 — Wayde Hall (St) won by forfeit; 126 — Dillan Nelson (St) pinned Robby Olson, :55; 132 — Austin Jordan (St) pinned Justin Burg, 3:00; 138 — Peryton Floyd (Tar) dec. Andy Jordan, 8-6; 145 — Dion Wallisch (Tar) major dec. Matt Riehle, 8-0; 152 — Collin Olson (St) dec. Nick Garcia, 11-10; 160 — Grant Wohlwend (St) dec. Brent Pearl, 13-6; 170 — TJ O’Hara (Tar) pinned David Olson, 3:05; 182 — Sebastian Dingle (St) pinned Anthony Torez, :20; 195 — Mitch Marah (Tar) pinned Mitchell Schertz, 1:45; 220 — Haden Hausken (St) won by forfeit; 285 — Jason Telin (Tar) pinned Ryan Peltier, :32.