The Dragons wrestling team hosted their first triangular of the season on Saturday.
In the first dual of the day Pine City faced off against Virginia. The Dragons weren't able to score in the first 8 weight classes and trailed 39-0. At the 160 weight class, Timmy Johnson would change the tone of the match. Johnson came out quickly, and scored the first points. He lead through the entire match and in the third period, he pinned his opponent. Pine City suffered a pin at the 170 weight. Then at 182 Gavin Rockstroh would get a pin in the 2nd period, and at 195 Logan Klecki would also pin his apponent. The Dragons had to forfeit the 220 weight and trailed 51-18 going into the final weight class. Justin Matson the Dragons heavyweight would make quick work of his opponent, getting the pin in 20 seconds. The Dragons would drop the dual 51-24.
In the second dual of the day the Rush City/Braham co-op would take on Virginia. RC/B forfeited the 106 weight class. RC/B trailed 23-0 until a forfeit for Virginia at the 132 class would give them 6. At the 138 weight RC/B's Isaak Coolidge battled Virginia's Erik Sundquist. These two fought hard and the match would have to go into OT for a decision. Sundquist got the takedown and the win in OT. RC/B suffered a pin at the 145, 152, 170, 182, and 220 weight. A decision in favor of Virginia at 160. RC/B would get 6 points back in a forfeit at 195. At heavyweight RC/B's Austin Sterling pinned Corey Beier, but much like Pine City RC/B would fall to Virginia 59-18.
In the final dual of the day RC/B took on Pine City, in a match that always seems to come down the the final class. At 106 both teams forfeited, then at 113 RC/B's Kellen Gorman would defeat Pine City's Braxton Peetz by decision. At 120 would grab 6 points via forfeit. In the 126 class RC/B would benefit from a Dragon forfeit. Luke Gould would pin the Dragons Tristian Johnson at 132. Coolidge would win by major decision over Caleb Cunnien at 138. In a battle at 145 RC/B's Gavon Schroeder won by decision over Luke Hirsch. The Dragons Damion Torgerson would win by major decision over Kaden Gorman at 152. Then at the 160 class RC/B forfeited to give Pine City 6 points, RC/B still lead at this point 22-16. Jacob Lindahl would pin Jesse Ecklund at the 170 weight to tie the dual at 22. At 182 7th grader Payton Allen would wrestle RC/B's Dulton Bengston, Allen would make quick work and get his first varsity pin in less than 30 seconds. The Dragons would receive another 6 points due to a forfeit at 195, Pine City had the lead 34-22. Massyn Londgren wrestled Logan Klecki at 220. Klecki only an 8th for Pine City, did get pinned but he showed a lot of fight and gave Londgren all he could handle. Much like these two teams usually do when they meet, it came down to the final weight class. Pine City's Matson, who is ranked #10 in the state in class AA, took on RC/B's Sterling. Shortly into the 2nd period Matson would take down Sterling, and Matson quickly got the pin. Pine City would win over Rush City/Braham 40-28.
Pine City's next match will be on Tuesday in Cloquet. For RC/B their next match will be on Thursday in Chisago Lakes.