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Forum staff reports, Published February 16 2013

Spuds take Class 3A, Section 8 wrestling title

Forum staff reports

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – Three straight dual victories helped Moorhead end a section championship drought that had persisted for more than three decades.

The Spuds topped Little Falls 37-28 in the title match of the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 dual wrestling tournament Saturday.

“I’m so proud of the way my guys wrestled,” Moorhead head coach Skip Toops said. “… I couldn’t be happier or prouder to coach this group of guys.”

The top-seeded Spuds won their first dual section title since 1981 and secured a berth in the state dual tournament, which begins Feb. 28 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

While the Spuds and Little Falls split matches in the lighter weights, Moorhead was in command in the heavier weights.

Toops called Tommy Wychor’s matchup at 220 pounds as the key to the championship. Wychor pinned his opponent in 5 minutes, 45 seconds.

“Tommy came through,” Toops said. “We had to win that one to win the dual. And Tommy came through with a huge pin.”

Quarterfinals

Moorhead 52, Sauk Rapids 20

106: Brendemuhl, M, pin Bemboom 0:30

113: Rau, SR, dec. Tallakson 6-1

120: K. Keske, SR, maj. dec. Dickhaus 13-0

126: Rositas, M, inj. def. Nelson

132: Walz, SR, pin Hanson 3:31

138: Mark, M, pin Bratrud 1:35

145: J. Grove, M, maj. dec. Kruger 11-2

152: C. Keske, SR, maj. dec. Lien 10-2

160: S. Grove, M, pin Carriveau 1:26

170: Carpenter, M, pin Lain 3:42

182: Berry, M, pin Vait 1:05

195: Morlock, M, pin Rudy 0:45

220: Wychor, M, pin Lieser 1:11

285: Kiejeski, SR, dec. Jerome 7-2

Semifinals

Moorhead 41, Alexandria 24

106: Brendemuhl, M, dec. 7-3 Vogart

113: Piepenberg, A, pin Erickson 0:30

120: Olhausen, A, pin Tallakson 5:33

126: Rositas, M, maj. dec. Johnson 12-1

132: Mark, M, pin Burgau 1:12

138: Schiltgen, A, dec. Hanson 1-0

145: Neinaber, A, pin J. Grove 5:35

152: Hubbard, A, dec. Herbst 5-2

160: S. Grove, M, maj. dec. Neu 8-0

170: Carpenter, M, pin Cluver-Longfellow 2:33

182: Wheeler, M, dec. Schluter 7-1

195: Wychor, M, pin Moske 0:22

220: Morlock, M dec. Cumberbatch 8-1

285: Jerome, M, pin Oberg 4:50

Championship

Moorhead 37, Little Falls 28

106: Brendemuhl, M, dec. Kapphahan 6-4

113: Tallakson, M, pin A. Jenks 5:03

120: Beack, LF, pin Sollid 2:47

126: J. Jenks, LF, dec. Rositas 10-6

132: Mark, M, dec. Mushel 4-2

138: Lange, LF, maj. dec. Olson 13-5

145: Scherping, LF, pin J. Grove 0:55

152: Petron, LF, dec. Herbst 6-5

160: S. Grove, M, tech. pin Yorek 5:21

170: Carpenter, M, maj. dec. Gastebki 14-2

182: Wheeler, M, maj. dec. Reis 15-7

195: Morlock, M, pin Biechinder 0:22

220: Wychor, M, pin Ross 5:45

285: Swanson, LF, pin Jerome 1:59