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Prep Wrestling: Wildcats hold off Fighting Saints

KMS' Zach Carlson and New London-Spicer's Logan Brink battle through a tight match at 138 pounds during a dual meet Tuesday in Kerkhoven. NLS edged the Fighting Saints 30-22. Brink decisioned Carlson 7-6. Tribune photo by Tom Larson

Tribune Staff Report

KERKHOVEN -- New London-Spicer's upper weights broke open a tight match between two of the area's top wrestling teams and NLS defeated KMS 30-22 before a packed house in Kerkhoven.

Kyle Cappelen and Luke Gould won decisions at 170 pounds and 182 pounds to give NLS a lead, and Tanner Tobkin all but sealed the victory with a pin at 195 pounds. The Wildcats' Grant Vagle put the match out of reach with a decision at 220 pounds.

KMS took an early advantage, winning three of the first four matches on Tuesday. But Chase Austvold's pin at 132 pounds tightened the match, and Logan Brink defeated KMS' Zach Carlson 7-6 at 138 pounds in one of the better matches of the night to put the Wildcats ahead.

KMS's Jordan Rothers, the No. 2-ranked Class A wrestler at 160 pounds, won a 7-2 decision over NLS' Dylan Hanson, the No. 5 ranked Class AA 160-pounder, to help KMS regain the lead briefly.

NLS 30, KMS 22

106: Jordan Engler, K. maj. dec. Thomas Stageberg 17-6

113: Jakob Stageberg, N, dec. Nick Meyer 8-2

120: Cody Peters, K, dec. Oden Rogers 8-2

126: Lamberto Rodriguez, K, dec. Logan Eckhoff 7-3

132: Chase Austvold, N, pinned Jared Krieger 2:36

138: Logan Brink, N, dec. Zach Carlson 7-6

145: Jessie Engler, K, dec. Cameron Steffen 11-6

152: David Nething, N, dec. Kyle Baker 4-2

160: Jordan Rothers, K, dec. Dylan Hanson 7-2

170: Kyle Cappelen, N, dec. Chase Norton 7-2

182: Luke Gould, N, dec. Alex Mond 9-7

195: Tanner Tobkin, N, pinned Felix Tapia 0:30

220: Grant Vagle, N, dec. Austin Rothers 4-3

285: Issac Froehlich, K, pinned Ricky Berry 22-30