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Prep wrestling: ACGC tips Cats in thriller

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton New London-Spicer’s 120-pounder Jakob Stegeberg, left, attacks Robert Rasmussen of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. The match of area powers filled the stands in the NLS Middle School gym with many more in folding chairs or standing. Stageberg won by major 15-5.

NEW LONDON — It seemed early for a showdown on the wrestling mat in just the first week of December but that’s what fans got on Tuesday evening at the New London-Spicer Middle School.

From the first whistle, the noisy crowd was into the action which remained undecided until the last of 14 matches.

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City prevailed coming away with a 35-28 on Tuesday night.

With ACGC up 31-28, Lucas Damm, the Falcon’s heavyweight, stamped the victory with a 10-0 major decision.

Fans filled the bleachers along one side of the gym. Folding chairs were set up for additional seating and many more stood.

(The high school gym was hosting a Wildcats’ basketball game.)

The Cats jumped out 10-4 on a pin and a major by brothers Tom and Jakob Stageberg, repectively.

But the match would be tense all the way. Logan Brink’s pin put NLS up 19-6 for their biggest lead at 138 pounds.

But Larry Bomstad’s pin at 145 started a Falcons’ rally that would tie the match 19-19 and then put the visitors up 25-19 after Matthew Whitcomb’s pin at 170.

The Cats’ Grant Vagle tied the score 25-25 with a 2:31 pin. Maverick Whitcomb called and raised the ante with a second period pin for a 31-25 Falcons’ advantage.

Brandon Knisley picked up 3 points with a decision but not enough to offset  Damm, the Falcons’ domineering heavyweight.

Both teams were coming off invitational championships on opening weekend.    

ACGC 35, NLS 28

106: Ryan Molinaro, A, dec Jacob Travis 8-4

113: Tom Stageberg, N, pin Ethan Houseman 5:15

120: Jakob Stageberg, N, mj Bob Rassmussen 15-5

126: Derek Dengerud, A, dec Oden Rogers 4-2 OT

132: Trey Austvold, N, dec Tyler Berghuis 2-0 OT

138: Logan Brink, N, pin Cullen Hoffman :28

145: Larry Bomstad, A, pin Logan Eckhoff 3:30

152: Logan Peterson, A, mj Corbin Schwartz 11-0

160: Lee Whitcomb, A, dec Jarrett Hatlestad 4-2

170: Matt Whitcomb, A, pin Jordan Baker 1:44

182: Grant Vagle, N, pin Jordan Nelson 2:31

195: Mav. Whitcomb, A, pin Luke Gould 2:47

220: Brandon Knisley, N, dec Jordan Fester 9-5

285: Lucas Damm, A, mj Rick Berry 10-0