PREP WRESTLING: Marshall earns pair of dual victories against Worthington, United in sweep
MARSHALL — The Marshall wrestling team closed its homestand with a pair of victories on Thursday, defeating Worthington 65-12 and Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo United 41-28.
Marshall assistant coach Ethan Hoppe felt they competed hard in both matches and they did a good job of utilizing their adjustments in practice throughout the meet.
“Overall I thought we wrestled really well, I think we came out against Worthington fired up and we’ve been working on a lot of things technique-wise during practice and I think a lot of that showed during our match against Worthington,” Hoppe said. “Worthington’s a tough team and United is no slouch either by any means; United is sitting pretty good on the North side of our section so to come out and get a win over a team like United where they’re sitting where they are in the section is obviously always a bonus. And when you get those individual matchups and individual wins, that’s a plus as well.”
Marshall got out to a strong start against Worthington, as Landon Marthaler won by a pin, Dawson DeCamp won by major decision and Drew Chandler won by forfeit to give them a 16-6 lead. MHS continued to increase its advantage, winning its next nine bouts. Collin Klenken, James Gadnalske, Tate Condezo, Lukas Stelter, Tucker Fiene and Gavin Schaefer won by a pin while Dylan Louwagie won by forfeit, Aidan Mattison won by major decision and Keiton Walerius won by decision to bring it to the 65-12 final.
Against United, Marshall won the first bout via a technical fall by Marthaler, but United had an answer, as Daniel Gunlogson won by a pin, Kameron Sather won by decision and Zander Clausen won by major decision to take a 13-5 lead. Marshall kept battling, though, getting a decision victory from Klenken before a pin by Louwagie put them in front at 14-13. MHS would then extend its advantage, winning the next three bouts, as Mattison won by a pin and Gadnalske and Condezo won by forfeit to make it 32-13. United got a decision victory from Avery Wittnebel to draw the deficit to 32-16, but Marshall responded with a pin by Fiene and decision victory from Schaefer to make it 41-16 before United got a pair of pins from Keaton Haas and Zach DeBeer to bring it to the 41-28 final.
Hoppe said their key in both matches was their overall aggressiveness and ability to find scoring when they needed to.
“I think we were just aggressive and we put ourselves in position to score points,” Hoppe said. “It might not have gone the way we wanted it to in all of our matches or positions or situations but overall I think we just wrestled well and smart.”
Marshall will compete next on Saturday at Hutchinson at 10 a.m.