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Prep Wrestling: United goes 1-1 at BOLD Tri

Tribune photos by Rand Middleton John Weeding of Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley United strains to control Sam Brancale of Eden Prairie in a battle of highly-ranked wrestlers at 132-pounds. Brancale, rated No. 3 in AAA, decisioned Weeding, AA No. 2 at 126, 9-4. In the BOLD vs. United match, the Warriors' Chaz Rousch works for points against Keith Abraham in the 145-pound weight class. Roush won 5-0.

OLIVIA -- Former BOLD wrestling coach Tom Gruhlke brought the Eden Prairie Eagles out to the prairie for a triangular meet on Friday evening.

Gruhlke is the Eagles' co-head coach with Tommie Gastron.

The Eagles needed a late pin to hold off Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley United in the night's first match and win 36-33 --after leading 26-0 through the 138-pound match.

Keith Abraham at 145 started the rally with a pin. Garth Ochsendorf, Sam Haas, Jordan Staab, J.D. Struxness and Brandon Schmitt followed with wins, five of those pins.

But Melvin De-Souza saved the day for the Eagles with a pin at 5:59 in the 195-pound match. United's Jared Roiland had fought back from an 8-2 deficit to tie the match late in the third period.

With both wrestlers on their feet, De-Souza made a cat-quick throw and tossed Roiland to his back for the 6-point victory with one second left. That made the score 36-21 and clinched the win.

At 132 in a meeting or rated wrestlers, Sam Bracale decisioned United's John Weeding 9-4.

Results were not received by presstime for United vs. BOLD nor Eden Prairie vs. BOLD.

Eden Prairie 36, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley United 33

106: Chris Tim, E, pin Jordan Bothun :57

113: Tim Ford, E, tfl Mitch Fulton 20-6

120: J.T. Dedeaux, E, pin Action Herman 3:04

126: Ben Brancale, E, dec TJ Fulton 13-5

132: Sam Bracale, E, dec John Weeding 9-4

138: Eric Phillips, E, dec Wyatt Ireland 6-1

145: Keith Abraham, D, pin Jack Schug 2:24

152: Chase Monger, E, mj Joe Weeding 13-1

160: Garth Ochsendorf, D, dec M. Gribbon 7-3

170: Sam Haas, D, Andy Loe 1:20

182: Jordan Staab, D, pin Nate Becker 2:42

195: Mel De-Souza, E, pin Jared Roiland 5:59

220: JD Struxness, D, pin Steve Adams 3:19

285: Brandon Schmitt, D, pin Travis Cripe :32