With victories in three of the final four matches the Redwood-River Valley wrestlers held off visiting Worthington 34-31 Tuesday night in dual meet action held in Redwood Falls.
It was a nice victory for the Badgers (11-6) who improved to 5-2 against Section 3AA opponents this season heading towards postseason action. The two losses were to eventual Section 3AA tournament top-seeds Fairmont/MCW (16-1) and Marshall (14-1).
Tuesday night the Badgers jumped out to a 4-0 lead, as sophomore Carter Brandt earned a 15-4 major decision at 106 pounds. The Trojans (13-6) responded with a pair of decisions at 113 and 120 and falls at 126 and 132 to take an 18-4 lead. Senior Omar Arredondo got the Badgers back on track with a second period fall at 138, and Joseph Anderson wrestled well in a 15-5 major at 145 that would cut the deficit to 18-14. At 152, freshman Maverick Goblirsch was down by just a point in the third period but would lose by fall.
Senior Tayte Harazin – ranked third in the state in Class AA at 152 pounds – was awarded a forfeit at 160 as the Trojans moved Brayden Donkersloot – ranked seventh at 152 pounds – up to 170 to avoid a showdown.
At 170. the Badgers’ Andy Fischer would drop a 16-6 major to Donkersloot that would give the Trojans a 28-20 lead with four matches to go. At 182, Mason Rummel picked up a big 20-5 technical fall for five team points. The match at 195 proved to be the difference in the match, as the Badgers’ James Ploeger would earn a 7-5 decision. Kaleb Haase then followed with a first period fall at 220 to seal the deal.
Heavyweight Chad Maddock dropped a tough 6-3 decision, Owen Bertram fell 5-1 at 120 and Damico Arredondo lost a close 6-5 battle at 113.
Redwood-River Valley 34, Worthington 31
106 - Brandt (RV) major dec. Ethan Meyer 15-4; 113 - Oscar Galvez (Wor) dec. Damico Arredondo 6-5; 120 - Damon Schutz (Wor) dec. Bertram 5-1; 126 - Mason Schutz (Wor) wbf over Charlie Millhausen 3:47; 132 - Lay K Paw (Wor) wbf over Jaxon Lang 3:26; 138 - Omar Arredondo (RV) wbf over Kent Lais 2:06; 145 - Anderson (RV) major dec. Juan Guizar 15-5; 152 - Jaden Hennings (Wor) wbf over Maverick Goblirsch 5:54; 160 - Harazin (RV) wins by forfeit; 171 - Donkersloot (Wor) major dec. Fischer 16-6; 182 - Rummel (RV) tech. fall Cole Hennings 20-5; 195- Ploeger (RV) dec. Jacob Neuberger 7-5; 220- Haase wbf over Tanner Hennings 1:05; Hwt. - Mullaney (W0r) dec. Maddock 6-3