Willmar rallies to upend Brainerd for third straight CLC win
BRAINERD -- Brady Gilb at 135 pounds started a seven-match win streak as Willmar rallied to edge Brainerd 32-31 in a Central Lakes Conference wrestling match Tuesday.
It was Willmar's third straight CLC win -- all on the road.
Willmar was down 19-3 when Gilb lit the fuse. Drew Larson got a 7-2 win over Nick Rubin, who had beat him last year by a technical fall.
Jesse Alonzo added a decision and Josh Dahlke a pin to close the Warriors' lead down to one point, 19-18. Brandon Reickman's pin of senior Mitch Jaeger, turning him over at 3:57 for six points, put Willmar in front 24-19. Martin Munoz at 171 got a late takedown for a 19-10 major, worth four points and a 28-19 lead.
"That takedown was big," said coach Tom Beyer. "It was the winning point."
Trent Molacek added a major at 189 which allowed Willmar to withstand Brainerd's 12-point rush at the end. At heavyweight, Adam Kremer wrestled his first varsity match losing to the No. 3 ranked Ryan McKay. Kremer, a football player, just got down to the 275-pound maximum.
Willmar 32, Brainerd 31
103: Nick Grausam, Brd, dec Adam Fagerstrom 5-1
112: Erik Borgos, Wil, dec Brandon Mutz 5-0
119: Scott Padnos, Brd, pin Nick Braun 3:29
125: Tyler Jensen, Brd, pin Nick Dahlke 3:38
130: Nick Lingwall, Brd, maj Brandt Haglund 17-4
135: Brady Gilb, Wil, dec Jake Patnode 8-6
140: Drew Larson, Wil, dec Nate Rubin 7-2
145: Jesse Alonzo, Wil, dec Nick Loreno 1-0
152: Josh Dahlke, Wil, pin Ryan Lofgren 4:38
160: Brandon Reickman, Wil, pin Mitch Jaeger 3:57
171: Martin Munoz, Wil, maj Colin Taylor 19-10
189: Trent Molacek, Wil, maj Josh Westphal 13-1
215: Kyle Anderson, Brd, pin Nick DeVries 2:47
275: Ryan McKay, Brd, pin Adam Kremer 1:46
NEXT -- Willmar: Thursday, Willmar Triangular (Hutchinson and KMS), 5 p.m.