Although not all Estherville Lincoln Central's seniors were able to take the mat on Senior Night, the ELC wrestlers provided plenty of highlights in winning duals against visitors Alta-Aurelia and Pocahontas Area.
The Midgets filled all 14 weights in both duals and that especially helped in a 56-23 win over Alta-Aurelia. Pocahontas Area only forfeited one weight to ELC, but that helped the Midgets make a comeback after falling behind 22-0 on the way to a 38-37 win by criteria.
Starting at 220 pounds against Pocahontas, ELC's comeback started at 120 pounds after the Midgets had lost the first four matches.
Senior Michalel Houge needed just 1:13 to pin Joel Carmanza. Pocahontas came back with a pin at 126 with Brigham Vermeys (132) receiving a forfeit.
After another Pocantas pin at 138, ELC won five of the final six matches.
It started with Raul Diaz (145) working to earn a major decision over Caleb Geffs. Cruz Hernandez (152) needed just 23 seconds to pin Brett Johnson.
At 160, Garrett Paulson fell behind 5-0 to Thomas Molohn, a lengthy wrestler. In the final moments of the third period, Paulson came up with two takedowns, the last with just second to spare to tie the match at 7-7. In the 1 minute sudden victory period, Paulson came out on top after a scramble for the 9-7 win.
Pocahontas won its last match with a pin at 170.
However, senior Royce Coakley (182) caught Alex Welander in a throw and pinned the Indian in 22 seconds. Zavion McMurran (195) wrapped up the match with a pin in 1:13 over Dane Ford to tie the dual at 37-all.
Against Alta-Aurelia, ELC's Zavion McMurran (195), Will Martin (113), and Raul Diaz (145) all earned pins. Quintin Marquez (126) won by technical fall, 16-1 while Brigham Vermeys (138) won a hard-fought 15-14 decision over Schade Larson.
ELC is on the road against Emmetsburg and LeMars in Emmetsburg today.
ELC 56, Alta-Aurelia 23
195: Zavion McMurran (ELCH) over Alex DeRoos (ALTA) (Fall 4:39) 220: Brandon Mier (ALTA) over Nick Lyman (ELCH) (Fall 2:51) 285: Nate Weflen (ALTA) over Jess Christensen (ELCH) (Fall 0:35) 106: Aidan Schumacher (ALTA) over Isaac Reineke (ELCH) (Fall 3:43) 113: Will Martin (ELCH) over Isaiah Powers (ALTA) (Fall 5:13) 120: Michael Houge (ELCH) over (ALTA) (For.) 126: Quintin Marquez (ELCH) over Tytan Kolpin (ALTA) (TF 16-1 4:43) 132: Brigham Vermeys (ELCH) over Schade Larson (ALTA) (Dec 15-14) 138: Morgan Dalen (ELCH) over (ALTA) (For.) 145: Raul Diaz (ELCH) over Kaden Stites (ALTA) (Fall 3:34) 152: Cruz Hernandez (ELCH) over Justin Gregory (ALTA) (Fall 1:19) 160: Garrett Paulson (ELCH) over (ALTA) (For.) 170: Ashton Bradley (ELCH) over (ALTA) (For.) 182: Levi Sleezer (ALTA) over Royce Coakley (ELCH) (Fall 2:20) (ALTA Coach Misconduct -1.0)
ELC 38, Pocahontas Area 37
220: Trey Sandvig (POAR) over Nick Lyman (ELCH) (MD 14-5) 285: Dane Johnson (POAR) over Jess Christensen (ELCH) (Fall 0:33) 106: Tyce Ruffridge (POAR) over Isaac Reineke (ELCH) (Fall 0:57) 113: Carter Beschorner (POAR) over Jaciel Castro (ELCH) (Fall 5:10) 120: Michael Houge (ELCH) over Joel Carranza (POAR) (Fall 1:13) 126: Brandon Lenz (POAR) over Quintin Marquez (ELCH) (Fall 3:34) 132: Brigham Vermeys (ELCH) over (POAR) (For.) 138: Jeremy Carranza (POAR) over Morgan Dalen (ELCH) (Dec 6-3) 145: Raul Diaz (ELCH) over Caleb Geffs (POAR) (MD 15-6) 152: Cruz Hernandez (ELCH) over Brett Johnson (POAR) (Fall 0:23) 160: Garrett Paulson (ELCH) over Thomas Melohn (POAR) (SV-1 9-7) 170: Deontez Williams (POAR) over Ashton Bradley (ELCH) (Fall 1:20) 182: Royce Coakley (ELCH) over Alex Welander (POAR) (Fall 0:22) 195: Zavion McMurran (ELCH) over Dane Ford (POAR) (Fall 1:13) (ELCH Criteria D 1.0)
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