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Chris Murphy, Published March 01 2013

Morlock advances to semifinals by way of injury default

ST. PAUL – Tim McCord’s two teenage daughters walked down the aisle at the Xcel Energy Center on Friday to find a rather large man sitting in their seats. Both daughters shot their dad a death stare, but it’s not like he would normally allow a mammoth teenage male wearing just a singlet near his daughters.

What would you do if Moorhead’s 195-pounder Chase Morlock, who was amped up for a wrestling match that was called due to an injury default, was climbing the seats to hunt for a spot to scout his semifinal opponent?

“I just threw my hands up and said, ‘Take a seat. Good luck,’ ” McCord said.

In Morlock’s defense, he did ask nicely and did say it would just be for the one match. Apple Valley’s Trom Peterson had a sore shoulder and decided to not bother with Morlock in the Minnesota Class 3A state quarterfinals. Morlock knew 40 minutes before his match that it would be an injury default, but he still prepared as if he was going to go.

“You have to treat each match just the same,” Morlock said. “It’s a win, and I guess I just have to think about the semifinals.”

The No. 2-ranked 195-pounder in the state had no hesitation. Morlock raised his arm in victory, reported it to the scorer’s table, ignored a few Spuds’ fans that asked him what happened and headed for a seat in the crowd to watch his semifinal opponent and No. 3-ranked 195-pounder Trae Story of Roseville Area defeat Prior Lake’s Alex Hart. Story sits undefeated at 41-0 as opposed to Morlock’s 41-1 record.

“It should be a good one,” Morlock said. “He’s a pretty straight-forward kid. I just have to go out there and trust that I know how to wrestle. I think I can take him on.”

Morlock made quick work in the first round, pinning Minnetonka’s Nickolas Gable in 48 seconds before winning the injury default in the quarterfinals. There isn’t much trust at the state wrestling tournament. Morlock prepared for the quarterfinals in case Apple Valley pulled a fast one.

“I got mentally and physically prepared for it just in case,” Morlock said. “You always have to be ready just in case. I didn’t think they’d pull that, but just to make sure. It’s just another win. He was trying save his shoulder, so I just have to keep going.”

Moorhead lost three wrestlers in the first round, as Grant Brendemuhl fell at 106, Jacob Rositas fell at 126 and Kenny Mark lost at 132. Joe Carpenter picked up a win in the first round, but fell for the second straight season in the quarterfinals.

“We wanted all five to win their matches,” Moorhead coach Skip Toops said. “The first three had tough matches and needed upsets, but we got two guys through. Chase just needs to go out there and wrestle his match. He just needs to go out there with the same intensity and same plan and win the match.”

First round championship

106: Christian Bahl, Stillwater Area, dec., 9-0, Grant Brendemuhl, Moorhead

126: Dustin Weinmann, Irondale, dec., 7-1, Jacob Rositas, Moorhead

132: Evan Caldon, Elk River, dec., 8-1, Kenny Mark, Moorhead

160: Joe Carpenter, Moorhead, dec., 6-0, Joseph Hoeve, Farmington

195: Chase Morlock, Moorhead, pin, 0:48, Nickolas Gabler, Minnetonka


160: Cory Berry, Champlin Park, dec., 8-2, Carpenter, M

195: Morlock, M, injury default, Trom Peterson, Apple Valley


106: Alex Loyd, Shakopee, dec., 12-4, Brendemuhl, M

126: Rositas, M, dec., 5-4, Matt Metcalf, Northfield

160: Carpetner, M, dec., 7-5, Dan Marquette, Hastings

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