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Wrestling roundup: New London-Spicer Wildcats keep the title at home

Jan. 19—NEW LONDON — For the first time since 2013, the New London-Spicer wrestling team claimed the top spot in its home tournament.

Hosting nine teams on Friday, the Wildcats held off Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa for first place at the New London-Spicer Invite on Friday.

The Wildcats had 209.5 points. The Jaguars were second with 199.5. Pipestone rounded out the top three with 148.5.

NLS fielded three champions on Friday.

Despite entering the day with a losing record, Carson Nelson went 3-0 and won the 121-pound bracket. In the finals, Carson won a 4-3 decision over Albany's Nathan Kollmann. Nelson is 7-8 on the season. Isaiah Nelson went 3-0 and won the 133 bracket with a fall in 5 minutes, 22 seconds against Pierz's Carter Young. And at 285, Marshel Johnson had three first-period falls, including in the finals at 1:49 over Sartell's Jordan Gulden.

Jeremiah Nelson (127) and Carson McCain (189) both placed second in their brackets for the Wildcats.

BBE wrapped up the day with five champions. Ryan Jensen moved to 25-0 by going 4-0 in the 139 bracket. He beat Pipestone's Hudson Burnett by a 9-1 major decision in the finals. Tanner Viessman beat Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie's Mason Schilling in the145 finals by 8-0 major decision. Brett DeRoo was the 152 champion after a 4-3 decision against Pierz's Chase Becker. Maximus Hanson won all three of his matches by fall, including the 172 finals against Albany's Connor Plumski at 3:04. Carson Gilbert wrapped up the first-place efforts with a 3-0 decision over Eden Valley-Watkins' Sonnie DeHeer in the 215 championship.

Prior to the start of the tournament, William and Harrison Dahl were honored by the crowd and NLS head coach Joey Brown. The brothers died after injuries stemming from a UTV crash on Jan. 7. William died on Jan. 9 and Harrison died on Jan. 16. William was a freshman on the Wildcats wrestling team while Harrison competed in the youth wrestling program.

NLS faces Annandale/Maple Lake for a Wright County Conference dual at 6 p.m. Thursday at Annandale. BBE goes to Canby at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 for a triangular against Minneota and the host Lancers.

Minneota won six straight matches from 127 to 160 pounds in a win against 11th-ranked (Class A) Paynesville at Holdingford.

The Vikings are in the Class A Lean and Mean.

Peyton Hemmesch scored a fall for the Bulldogs at 189. Devon Schmidt (114), Mason McNab (121), Grant Wendlandt (172) and Seth Vearrier (215) all won by decision for Paynesville.

The Bulldogs are at a quadrangular at 5 p.m. Thursday at Eden Valley-Watkins.

Paynesville scored six points in all nine of its victories against the St. Cloud Crush at Holdingford.

Jamison Meagher (107 pounds), Devon Schmidt (114), Nicholas Utsch (133), Preston Welling (139), Daniel Flint (160) and Seth Vearrier (215) all won by fall for the Bulldogs.

Jamison Meagher (107 pounds), Braydon Kierstead-Hahn (133), Mitchell Blonigen (145), Grant Wendlandt (160), Peyton Hemmesch (189) and Kevin Raya-Botello all had pins as Paynesville shut out Monticello at Holdingford.