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Willmar upends St. Cloud Tech

Nate Mittag, top, of Willmar works a half-nelson on Nathan Lortz of St. Cloud Tech during their 103-pound match Thursday in Willmar. Mittag won with a pin in 2:53. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

WILLMAR -- Willmar clawed and scraped its way through the first six weight classes, then recorded three pins in its next four wins to beat St. Cloud Tech 40-33 in Central Lakes Conference wrestling action Thursday.

The Cardinals held an 18-9 lead after a pin from Nate Mittag at 103 pounds, a forfeit to Zach Lueders at 119, a 5-2 decision to Alex Johannes at 125 and a 5-2 decision to Adam Fagerstrom at 135.

Tech turned around at took a 21-18 lead on two pins in the next two matches.

Willmar shuffled its lineup, moving three wrestlers to heavier weights, which paid off as Coty Milhausen won by fall at 152 pounds and Eugene Stepan picked up a major decision at 160. Martin Cabrera won by fall at 171, then Nathanial Swoyer moved up two weight classes to 215 and won with a pin in 1:39 to secure the victory.

Willmar 40, SC Tech 33

103: Nate Mittag, W, pin Nathan Lortz 2:53

112: Brady Brouwer, S, maj Austin Miley 16-6

119: Zach Lueders, W, won by forfeit

125: Alex Johannes, W, dec Tommy O'Brien 5-2

130: Peter Kalla, S, pin Seth Pollack 4:56

135: Adam Fagerstrom, W, dec Dieter Brenner 5-2

140: Ben Lortz, S, pin Mason Pomerleau 4:44

145: Bennett Johnson, S, pin Tyler Miley :42

152: Coty Milhausen, W, pin Maurice Martin 3:43

160: Eugene Stepan, W, maj Austin Klaverkamp 11-0

171: Martin Cabrera, W, pin Alex Schangen 2:44

189: Jesse Thompson, S, pin Taylor Neumann 3:19

215: Nathanial Swoyer, W, pin Tim Mueller 1:39

285: Shane Kellner, S, pin C.J. Barkley 1:33