PREP WRESTLING: Marshall rolls by United in dual action

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Grant Louwagie tries to pin his United opponent during their meet on Thursday. The Tigers won 55-19.

MARSHALL – The Marshall wrestling team used a strong finish during their dual meet on Thursday against Dawson-Boyd-Lac qui Parle Valley-Montevideo United, with the Tigers winning by a score of 55-19.

Marhsall coach Justin Bouwman said he was pleased with his team’s effort throughout the meet.

“The guys all came together again,” Bouwman said. “Dawson’s a really good team, they had a couple of guys that were hurt, but all our guys went out and worked their hardest and tied it all together.”

It was a back-and-forth match to start, as the two teams split the first four matches. The Tigers earned a pair of pinfall victories from Hsa Khee Lar (1:28) and Hsa La Eh (1:15) while United’s Trevon Johnson and Sam Zindel earned victories to make it a 12-7 score in favor of Marshall.

The Tigers then earned a pin victory from Noah Jensen (0:59) and a major decision win from Grant Louwagie (12-4) to extend Marshall’s lead to 22-7. After a pin victory from United’s Layton Wittnebel in the 145-weight class, Marshall went on a run, picking up five consecutive victories by pin or forfeit (Jackson Hughes, Elijah Sterner, Zach Stahl, Wyatt Martin and Jaiden Bahr) to push it to a 40-13 lead for the Tigers.

Zack Felcyn and Cole Felcyn then closed out the dual with a split as Zack won sudden death decision (3-1) to give Marshall the victory.

Bouwman said their key during that run is that they’re a pinning team and when they get on a roll, they’re hard to stop.

“We’re a group of pinning guys. We like to pin, and everything just starts to fall into place,” Bouwman said. “It kind of gets on a roll and you stick to that plan when the plan is working.”

Marshall (18-1) has one final opponent before it moves on to the section tournament next week: a dual with Fairmont/Martin County West today at 6 p.m.

Bouwman said their biggest takeaway is to work on their footwork as well as staying aggressive.

“We just have to do some things on our feet and work and do a little bit of different things,” Bouwman said. “Some guys we’ve got to get to be a little more aggressive, but with some of our youth we need to pick that up.”

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