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Cards win 20th straight CLC dual

COLD SPRING -- An early five-match win streak allowed Willmar to take control and head back home with a 39-26 Central Lakes Conference win over Rocori on Thursday.

COLD SPRING - An early five-match win streak allowed Willmar to take control and head back home with a 39-26 Central Lakes Conference win over Rocori on Thursday.

It was the 20th-straight CLC dual win for the Cardinals, who are coming off back-to-back 8-0 CLC campaigns.

Willmar fell into an early 4-0 hole after Zavier Grefe collected a major decision for the Spartans, but the Cardinals won the next five matches to take a 24-4 lead.

Rocori and Willmar then traded wins over the next four weights before the Spartans notched three straight wins. But it wasn’t enough for Rocori as Colten Carlson’s second-period pin at 170 gave Willmar a 33-11 lead with just four matches remaining.

Willmar heavyweight Brady Reigstad closed out the dual with a 36-second pin.

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Also collecting pins for the Cardinals were Cael Carlson at 120 and Lincoln Shinn at 138. Also aiding the win was a Rocori forfeit at 113 and decisions from Ethan Roux at 126, Clay Carlson at 132 and Logan Walkow at 152.

Willmar is at the BOLD Quadrangular today in Olivia starting at 5 p.m. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Mankato East are also competing.

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