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Spartans aim at 5-2 MBC finish

Being given a 24-0 lead before having to take the mat nearly backfired on the Somerset wrestling team last Thursday.

The forfeits seemed to take the edge of Somerset's wrestlers. It took wins from two of the younger Spartans to provide the margin of victory in Somerset's 36-25 win over Prescott last Thursday.

Prescott forfeits five weights, and the draw caused the night to start at 189 pounds, the first of the Prescott forfeits.

"We got the big lead and just couldn't get into it," said Somerset coach Randy Skarda.

One of the big wins for the Spartans came in the first match of the night that was wrestled. Steve Vanasse came up with a pin at 119 pounds to build the lead up to 30-0.

Prescott then caught fire. The 125-pound match featured two of the top wrestlers in the MBC at that weight. Prescott's Brady Behrendt was able to score a 5-1 win over Drew Baillargeon and the Spartans weren't able to stop Prescott's snowballing momentum.

The Cards won seven straight matches, cutting the score to 30-25 heading into the final match of the night. Dylan Schachtner is one of Somerset's least experienced wrestlers, but he came up with one of their biggest wins of the season. Schachtner not only won his match, but won with a pin, to give the Spartans a 36-25 win. If Prescott had gotten a pin in the 171-pound bout, the Cards would have won the match.

"Who would have expected Steve and Dylan to win it for us, but they came up huge," Skarda said.

Skarda said he hoped the Spartans learned their lesson about dealing with forfeits. That's because the Spartans wrestle at Amery this Thursday and the Warriors also have several open weights. A win against Amery would leave the Spartans with a final 5-2 record in the MBC this season.

Eden Prairie Invitational

Somerset had five wrestlers reach the finals of the Eden Prairie Invitational on Saturday.

Reaching the finals were Tyler LeRoy, Drew Baillargeon, Andy Nash, Andy Hecht and Ambrose Martell. All five were beaten however, with the top quality competition of the tournament really showing itself in the final round.

The Spartans finished fourth among the seven teams in the tournament, beating Faribault, Wayzata and Tartan. They finished behind Eden Prairie, Willmar and Minnetonka.

Somerset 36, Prescott 25

189 - Justin Neumann (S) won by forfeit. 215 -Mike Roettger (S) won by forfeit. 275 - Ambrose Martell (S) won by forfeit. 103 - Double forfeit. 112 - Tyler LeRoy (S) won by forfeit. 119 - Steve Vanasse (S) pinned Chris Johnson 2:58. 125 - Brady Behrendt (P) dec. Drew Baillargeon 5-1. 130 - Jake Boles (P) pinned Mitch Grahovac 1:47. 135 - Mike Feriancek (P) dec. Austin Bell 7-3. 140 - Jordan Boles (P) dec. Nate Hildebrant 17-4. 145 - Ryan Kariesch (P) dec. Brandon Steffen 4-1. 152 - Nick Swanson (P) dec. Andy Nash 9-5. 160 - Jake Krech (P) dec. Andy Hecht 2-1. 171 - Dylan Schachtner (S) pinned Tom Draves 5:35.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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