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Willmar rallies to upend Brainerd for third straight CLC win

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Willmar rallies to upend Brainerd for third straight CLC win
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

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.

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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.

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