« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Published March 02 2012

Moorhead's Morlock wins a pair of matches at state tournament

ST. PAUL – With a bloodied and bruised face, it appears Chase Morlock isn’t afraid of a challenge, even if it involves taking on someone from mighty Apple Valley.

Morlock won his opening two matches Friday, making him the Moorhead wrestling team’s last hope for a state title in the individual competition of the Minnesota state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center.

“We got to beat them all anyways,” said Morlock, who is now 39-4 this season. “It’s just another kid. You got to go after him.”

Morlock, a 182-pounder, will face Apple Valley junior Daniel Woiwor in the third round today. Woiwor is 35-5 this season and helped the Golden Eagles on Thursday win their seventh straight team title.

Facing tough competition summed up the Spuds’ day.

Moorhead, which sent a school-record five individuals to state, had to face some of the toughest competition in the state.

Every Spuds wrestler on Friday faced a ranked opponent, including junior Joe Carpenter.

Carpenter, who wrestles at 152 pounds, opened the tournament with a win and faced Mason Manville in the second round.

Manville, of course, goes to Apple Valley and won the match 14-0.

“I just saw it as he’s tough, but he’s beatable,” Carpenter said. “I just changed my mindset into believing I could beat him.”

Carpenter gave a sobering assessment of Manville, who is only an eighth-grader.

He said Manville was short and stocky. He used his strength to control the match.

Or as Carpenter said of Manville, “He’s not built like a normal eighth-grader.”

Spuds wrestling coach Skip Toops said he was pleased with the way his team performed, even if it meant going up against one of the state’s most dominant power.

“We like our chances for tomorrow,” Toops said. “We feel good about it.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548.

Clark’s Force blog can be found

at slightlychilled.areavoices.com