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Warriors clipped by Little Falls, 40-24

ST. PAUL -- Even though the BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector and Little Falls wrestlers weren't at school Thursday, they still got a history lesson.

On Jan. 6 at the Little Falls Quadrangular the two teams were in a 40-25 outcome that was won by Little Falls. Thursday's final was nearly the same score, but unfortunately for BOLD/BLH the same team won.

The Flyers posted a 40-24 win in the quarterfinals of the Class AA State Tournament by racking up victories in the final three weights.

Senior Tom Elfering tied the match at 24-24 with his pin at 171 for the Warriors (25-6).

Little Falls then put an end to the Warriors' 15-0 run by getting pins at 189 and 275 and a major decision at 215.

"Pins are important. We stress that a lot," said Flyers' coach Mike Hendrickson. "We knew we were the favorites in the final three matches, but you still have to wrestle. You just have to concentrate and stay focus."

The first meeting of the season ended the same way. Little Falls (20-3) won the final three matches after BOLD/BLH had tied the score. At the Exel Energy Center Little Falls had five pins to the Warriors' three.

"We're not a dynamic pinning team," said Warriors' coach Tom Gruhlke. "We're more of a workhorse team that gets a lot of decisions."

BOLD/BLH now faces Hibbing, 43-18 losers to Milaca/Faith Christian, in the consolation semifinals today at noon.

Freshman Brett Jahnke scored two points in each period and fought off a pin in the closing seconds to pick up a 6-4 decision at 103 for the Warriors. The Flyers then got an unexpected win at 112 when Josh Groshong pinned sophomore Pat LeVasseur 45 seconds into the second period.

BOLD/BLH then got a pleasant surprise of its own when junior Tom Brenner earned a 5-3 decision at 119. Junior Ross Neubauer then put the Warriors ahead 9-6 with a hard-fought 7-6 decision at 125.

"We lost a big one at 112, but then Brenner wins at 119 to put us right back in it," said Gruhlke.

The Flyers stormed back, getting pins at 130 and 135 and close decisions at 140 and 145. BOLD/BLH senior Mark Revier and Steve Strack needed overtime to determine a winner. Revier had a 6-1 lead after two periods before Strack scored the final seven points on the match.

"Strack sparked us with his overtime win," said Hendrickson. "But they fought back and made it close."

Senior Jon Kramer then started the 15-0 run for the Warriors. Kramer scored all of his points in the second period behind two takedowns, two escapes and a reversal to post an 8-3 decision. Senior Mark Pietig at 160 and Elfering then got consecutive pins for the Warriors to tie the score at 24-24.

"I had to get a pin," said Elfering. "I wasn't expecting anything else and I tried my hardest to get one. I thought we would be closer, but we gave up five pins and that's why we loss."

The Warriors couldn't find a rhythm in the end as Little Falls closed out with three wins.

Little Falls 40, BOLD/BLH 24

103: Brett Jahnke, B, dec Sam Marcus 6-4

112: Josh Groshong, LF, pin Pat LeVasseur 2:45

119: Tom Brenner, B, dec Jason Brill 5-3

125: Ross Neubauer, B, dec Randy Przybilla 7-6

130: Ted Wilczek, LF, pin Chris Harmon 1:03

135: Troy Biermaier, LF, pin Cody Hatch :44

140: Chris Roach, LF, dec Cole Neubauer 11-7

145: Steve Strack, LF, dec Mark Revier 8-6, OT

152: Jon Kramer, B, dec Josh Bue 8-3

160: Mark Pietig, B, pin Josh Jendro 1:47

171: Tom Elfering, B, won by forfeit

189: Andy Hegna, LF, pin Zach Kopel 4:17

215: Mike Ladermeier, LF, maj Brian Hagen 13-2

275: Dylan Bue, LF, pin Ben Aaseth 3:49