Feb. 2—WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Trojan wrestlers competed at home for just the second time this season.
The Trojans faced off in a triangular Thursday against Minneota and Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo United, two top-10 schools in the state in their respective classes.
Minneota is ranked 10th in the latest Class A high school wrestling poll by The Guillotine and United is seventh in Class AA. Both schools also have a number of individually-ranked wrestlers.
Against those two tough opponents, the Trojans were defeated in both duals, but were able to get an individual win in each one.
The first dual of the night for the Trojans came against United. United won their first three matchups, the first coming by technical fall over Worthington's Kian Ling, the second was a forfeit and the third was a fall over Miguel Moreno.
Worthington's lone win of its first dual came from junior Alex Galvez at 127 pounds, who defeated Grayson Olson of United in a narrow 6-5 decision. After Galvez made the team score 17-3, United won the rest of the matchups. All but one of those matches were either won by fall or by forfeit.
Up next was junior Dalton Larson at 133 going up against United's Ben Gunlogson, who is ranked seventh in the state in his weight class. Larson wound up losing in a tough 6-2 decision.
United won the next match via forfeit before winning the next six matches in a row by fall and then claiming heavyweight by forfeit to close out the dual. The final team score was 68-3 in favor of United.
The next dual of the triangular was between United and Minneota. In a dual that featured many close matchups, United won the final three matches that included two pins to seal a 38-22 team victory.
Worthington and Minneota then matched up for the final dual of the night. The Vikings quickly went in front 12-0 after wins by fall and by forfeit respectively. The 121-pound matchup was between Moreno and Minneota's Quinton Anderson and Moreno lost via a close 7-4 decision.
At 127, Galvez lost to Adam Devlaeminck, ranked seventh in his weight class in the state. After a quick takedown from Devlaeminck, Galvez fought back and it 3-3 after the first period. From there though, Devlaeminck took control and the end result was a 12-4 major decision in his favor that put the Vikings up 19-0.
The first and only Trojan win in the team's second dual came from Larson at 133. He got out to a 5-0 lead after the first period, held onto to it after the second and then clinched a 7-2 decision after the third period to seal the win over Sam Myhre of the Vikings.
Minneota got two wins by forfeit in the next three matches at 139 and 152 before getting three-straight pins.
At 215, WHS senior Eh Day Htoo matched up against Minneota's Kyler Lozinski and he narrowly lost via a 4-2 decision. The Vikings won by forfeit at heavyweight to close out a 64-3 dual win.
Following the Conference Tournament at Jackson County Central High School on Friday that was rescheduled from Jan. 13, the Trojans will have another triangular in Adrian Tuesday against Adrian/Ellsworth and St. James Area.