by Scott DCamp
Few outside the wrestling world understand exactly how much can ride on the prematch disc flip prior to a dual meet in wrestling. On Thursday night in Thief River Falls, the host Prowlers lost the flip prior to the dual, which allowed Detroit Lakes to create more favorable matchups and defeat Thief River Falls in convincing fashion 43-27.
The win for the Lakers locks up a two-seed in the upcoming Section 8AA team tournament on Saturday, Feb. 18, while the loss pushes Thief River Falls down to a three or even a four seed for the same tournament.
“DL came to wrestle and made the right moves to win the dual,” said Head Coach Kenny Geiser. “Also, they won the flip and that was a nine-point swing. Losing two OT matches tells me that we need to work on our conditioning.”
Thief River Falls got on the board first with Brady Kasprick gutting out a 6-5 win over Brody Ullyott at 106 pounds.
The Lakers responded with a Blake Weber win by fall at 113 pounds over Matthew Kolden.
Thief River Falls reclaimed the lead at 120 pounds when Jake Davis pinned Thad Schlauder.
The disc flip made its first impact on the dual at 126 pounds, when Payton Jackson of Detroit Lakes pinned Aaron Bruggeman. That match was followed by Cade Lundeen accepting a forfeit for the Prowlers at 132.
Had Thief River Falls won the flip, Lundeen would have faced Jackson and Bruggeman would have taken the forfeit, and that match alone would have likely resulted in a nine-point swing that would have given Thief River Falls a dual meet win.
Still, the Prowlers had chances. Thief River Falls had a chance to build on its 15-12 lead when the 138-pound match went into overtime. After Cole Johnson and Fabyon Greer battled to a 5-5 tie in regulation, it was Greer that came up with a big move by stuffing a throw attempt by Johnson to secure the 10-5 decision victory.
Detroit Lakes claimed a 21-15 lead at 145 pounds when Austin Baker pinned Mason Iverson, who was filling in for an injured Kyle Fowler.
Thief River Falls tied the dual with a Josh Bernier win by fall over Brennen Sather. The win was Bernier’s 150th career victory.
“Josh Bernier has been dominant for years and earned his 160th win,” Geiser noted. “If he stays healthy, 200 is within reach.”
Detroit Lakes took control of the dual by winning five of the final six matches. Braydon Ortloff pinned Kyle Miller at 160; Isaiah Thompson avenged an early season loss to Noah Hawkins with a 7-2 decision at 170; Sean Lundeen bumped up to 182 from 170 to defeat Brenan Peralta 5-4 in double overtime; Noah Olds majored Hunter Roller 12-2 at 195; and Charles Barnett pinned Brayden Ivaniszyn at heavyweight.
Rounding out the scoring for the Prowlers was Connor Swanson at 220 pounds, who pinned Jacob Hanson.
Detroit Lakes 43,
Thief River Falls 27
106: Brady Kasprick (TRF) dec. Brody Ullyott 6-5; 113: Blake Weber (DL) fall Matthew Kolden 3:39; 120: Jake Davis (TRF) fall Thad Schlauder 1:31; 126: Payton Jackson (DL) fall Aaron Bruggeman 1:16; 132: Cade Lundeen (TRF) won by forfeit; 138: Fabyon Greer (DL) dec Cole Johnson 10-5 SV; 145: Austin Baker (DL) fall Mason Iverson 2:15; 152: Josh Bernier (TRF) fall Brennen Sather fall 4:52; 160: Braydon Ortloff (DL) fall Kyle Miller 3:41; 170: Isaiah Thompson (DL) dec Noah Hawkins (TRF) 7-2; 182: Sean Lundeen (DL) dec Brenan Perata 5-4; 195: Noah Olds (DL) major Hunter Roller (TRF) 12-2; 220: Connor Swanson (TRF) fall Jacob Hanson fall 4:17; 285: Charles Barnett (DL) fall Brayden Ivaniszyn 5:32.