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Storm Lake wrestlers rally to beat LeMars

Monday, January 8, 2001

LEMARS - Nic Wiley won both of his matches by pin, and Pete Harder, Jared Ponsor and Ben Strandberg all won both of their matches as Storm Lake split a Lakes Conference double dual meet Wednesday night.

Storm Lake rallied to beat LeMars 44-30, but lost to Spencer 41-28.

"We were pleased with the way we wrestled in both duals," Storm Lake coach Ty Seaman said. "I think we have improved quite a bit in the last three weeks considering we haven't had a match since Dec. 16. We were aggressive and wrestled hard for the full match."

Wiley won by pin in times of 3 minutes, 35 seconds and 1:00 at 112 pounds. Harder won his matches by decision 11-10 and by pin in 2:34 at 130 pounds.

Ponsor was a winner by by pin in 1:35 and by major decision 15-3 at 152, while Strandberg won by major decision 19-7 and by forfeit at 189 pounds.

Scott Baraibar won by pin in 43 seconds at 119 pounds in the Spencer dual.

Storm Lake trailed LeMars 30-20 after the 160-pound match, but won the final four matches to pull out the win. Brandon Berkland and Strandberg each won by forfeit, while Matt Nitchals won by pin in 4:53 at 215 pounds. Martin Banuelos won by forfeit at 275 to make it 44-30.

Strandberg ran his season record to 12-1 with the pair of wins, while Nitchals improved to 9-3.

Al Keller won one match by decision at 160 to hike his record to 7-3. Dylan Wagener won one match by major decision at 125 pounds to improve to 10-4 on the season.

"It was great to get the win over LeMars, but we were disappointed to let the Spencer meet get away from us," Seaman said. "We got sloppy in a couple of matches against Spencer and that cost us.



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