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GRANITE FALLS – The Class AA, No. 9-ranked Dawson-Boyd/ Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United wrestling lineup recorded five falls during its first six matches against the Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls to fuel an eventual 51-21 Section 3AA Team Meet semifinal victory on Friday night in Granite Falls.
The Red Bulls ended the team portion of their season with a 13-5 record.
Elijah Gronewold, No. 8-ranked 152-pounder Joe Weber, Kory Brown and Luis Figueroa each delivered points for the Red Bulls during the postseason dual meet against The United.
Trailing 33-0, Gronewold stepped the canvas and delivered FHS/MCW’s first team points via a fall over Mason Kwilinski in 2:12 during 145-pound action.
Weber then delivered three points by outdueling Mitchell Kwilinski by an 8-3 decision at 152 pounds.
Brown, who was ranked periodically throughout the season, and Figueroa later generated back-to-back falls at 195 and 220 pounds, respectively. Brown stuck Markus Kranz in 1:24, while Figueroa pressed David Nelson’s shoulders to the mat in 4:48.
Peyton Mortenson staked The United to a quick 6-0 lead by pinning Christian Hugget in 2:40 at 106 pounds before DBLQPM teammate Donald Bothun tacked on three more team points via a narrow 3-1 decision over Collin Steuber at 113.
No. 8-ranked 120-pounder Jordan Bothun then pinned Chris Ettesvold in 1:15 at 120 before Bailey Eickhoff earned the slap of the mat in 2:37 over Mario Maldonado during 126-pound action.
Matthew Henriksen and Logan Knoshal then extended The United’s lead to 33-0 by producing pins at 132 and 138, respectively. Henriksen downed Christopher Krenz in 3:30, while Knoshal pinned Levi Bulfer in 3:20.
After Gronewold and Weber generated the Red Bulls’ first team points, No. 9-ranked 152-pounder Keith Abraham moved to 160 pounds to net a 5-2 decision over FHS/MCW’s Tanner Lange.
No. 9-ranked 170-pounder Joe Weeding of The United then pinned Harley Luhmann in 3:19 before DBLQPM teammate Anthony Quigley notched in a fall in 1:24 over Nathan Gillis at 182 pounds.
Brown and Figueroa then delivered back-to-back falls for the Red Bulls before The United’s Jake Lehmann squared off against FHS/MCW’s Adrian Moscoffian at 285. The No. 10-ranked Lehmann outlasted Moscoffian by a 3-0 decision at heavyweight to close out The United’s sectional team semifinal triumph.
Fairmont/Martin County West competes in the Section 3AA Individual Meet at 5 p.m. next Friday in Luverne.
106: Peyton Mortenson (DBLQPM) pinned Christian Hugget, 2:40. 113: Donald Bothun (DBLQPM) dec. Collin Steuber, 3-1. 120: Jordan Bothun (DBLQPM) pinned Chris Ettesvold, 1:15. 126: Bailey Eickhoff (DBLQPM) pinned Mario Maldonado, 2:37. 132: Matthew Henriksen (DBLQPM) pinned Christopher Krenz, 3:30. 138: Logan Knoshal (DBLQPM) pinned Levi Bulfer, 3:20. 145: Elijah Gronewold (FHS/MCW) pinned Mason Kwilinski, 2:12. 152: Joe Weber (FHS/MCW) dec. Mitchell Kwilinski, 8-3. 160: Keith Abraham (DBLQPM) dec. Tanner Lange, 5-2. 170: Joe Weeding (DBLQPM) pinned Harley Luhmann, 3:19. 182: Anthony Quigley (DBLQPM) pinned Nathan Gillis, 1:24. 195: Kory Brown (FHS/MCW) pinned Markus Kranz, 1:24. 220: Luis Figueroa (FHS/MCW) pinned David Nelson, 4:48. 285: Jake Lehmann (DBLQPM) dec. Adrian Moscoffian, 3-0.