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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar junior Nate Mittag controls the 113-pound bout on the way to pinning St. Cloud Tech's Henry Nistler in the second period Thursday at Willmar.

Prep Wrestling: Willmar beats Tech, Buffalo

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Tribune Staff Report

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals opened their Central Lakes Conference dual-meet schedule with a victory over St. Cloud Tech on Thursday.

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The Cardinals took the first match of the triangular 44-32.

Willmar then beat Buffalo 46-27. In that match, Willmar's sophomore 126-pounder Zach Lueders received a possible neck injury and was removed on a backboard and taken to the hospital by ambulance. Coach Ed Oehlers did not know the extent of the injury but felt optimistic that his wrestler would be all right.

Against their conference opponent, the Cardinals displayed their team strength in the opening eight weights barging to a 32-11 lead. Junior Nate Mittag at 113, Lueders at 126, senior Alex Johannes at 132 and eighth-grader Colten Carlson at 145 all won by fall. Sophomore Austin Miley picked up 3 points at 120 and Seth Pollock got a take 6 unopposed at 152.

Starting at 160, Tech made a runs winning three straight to pull within 6 of the lead at 32-26. But Tigers' head coach Bob Boeck had no one two send out at the next two weight to push Willmar over the top 44-26 after the 220-weight class.

Willmar 44, SC Tech 32

106: Jake Nihk, T, pin Logan Walkow :59

113: Nate Mittag, W, pin Henry Nistler 3:22

120: Austin Miley, W, dec. Jake Johnson 5-3

126: Zach Lueders, W, pin Tucker Brouwer 3:53

132: Alex Johannes, W, Tfal Brady Brouwer 18-3

138: Colten Carlson, W, pin Kinkcoln :59

145: Tom Obrien, T, tfal Travis Deegan 18-1

152: Seth Pollock, W, won forfeit

160: Maurice Martin, T, pin Logan Wigton 3:18

170: Joey Reed, T, dec Augustine Hahn 12-10 OT

182: Bryant Amundson, T, pin Chad Milhausen 3:35

195: Shawn Johnson, W, won forfeit

220: Matt Hennes, W, won forfeit

285: Jerrad Nieland, T, pin Cass Herzog 1:03

Willmar 48, Buffalo 27

106: Logan Walkow, W, pin Josh Skarin 3:31

113: Nate Mittag, W, won forfeit

120: Cedric Jimenez, B, pin Austin Miley 2:38

126: Lucas Mock, B, pin Zach Lueders, B, 4:55

132: Alex Johannes, W, pin Andy Mock 1:16

138: Colten Carlson, W, maj Ian Scherber 16-5

145: Travis Deegan, Wi, won forfeit

152: Seth Pollock, W, pin Hunter Durand 3:49

160: Tanner Maus, B, dec August Hahn 6-2

170: Logan Wigton, W, won forfeit

182: Jon Wirkkala, B, pin Shawn Johnson 2:49

195: Kory Welgraven, W, won forfeit

220: Adam Treptau, B, pin Matt Hennes 1:50

285: Cass Herzog, W, won forfeit

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