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NYM Wrestling: Mills on a roll heading into PRC Tournament

Maison Roberts connects the cradle hold to Barnesville's Hunter Olson last Thursday. Maison picked up a 9-0 win at 130 pounds as Mills beat the Trojans, 35-27. Photos by John George/EOT Illustrated

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The Eagle wrestler's made their nest in the New York Mills High School gym Thursday night, while the boys basketball team hosted Menahga in the Sports Center gym. Despite winning only four of the nine contested matches, Mills picked up a 35-27 win over Section 6A foe Barnesville.

The Eagles benefited from three forfeits, with a double forfeit at 215.

Shane Novak and Tommy Selander got Mills out to a 7-0 lead. After a 9-0 win by Maison Roberts at 125, the Eagles had an 11-6 lead.

Barnesville won the next two matches to go ahead, 15-11. But a forfeit at 140 and a pin by Jordan Novak at 145 put Mills back on top, 23-15.

The Trojans earned a pin and a pair of decision wins, including one at 189 pounds, to make the score, 29-27.

But the match basically ended at 189 pounds, thanks to the double forfeit at 215 pounds, followed by a forfeit win by Landyn Saewert at heavyweight to end the match.

Jordan Novak's pin put's his career record at 165-37. He's now three wins behind Peter Mursu, who is Mills' all-time leader at 168-42-1.

PRC ahead

Mills will have a nine-day break as they head into the Park Region Conference Tournament on Feb. 6 in Parkers Prairie. Opening round matches start at 10 a.m.

The Eagles have won 25 Park Region Conference titles, the last coming in 2006. They finished fifth last year as Browerville/Eagle Valley ran away with the title, followed by Osakis, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale and Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus.

Shane Novak (103) is the only returning individual champion for the Eagles. Roberts (119) and Jordan Novak (135) were PRC runner-ups in 2009.

On Feb. 9, Mills will head to Clarissa for the Eagle Valley Triangular with Browerville/Eagle Valley and United North Central.

Thursday, January 28

New York Mills 35, Barnesville 27

103--Shane Novak (NYM) def. Brandt, 16-4

112--Tommy Selander (NYM) def. Hirsch, 6-1

119--Peppel (B) def. Taylor Ericksrud, fall 1:42

125--Maison Roberts (NYM) def. Olson, 9-0

130--Bashor (B) def. Michael Meyer, 9-2

135--Stout (B) def. Kyle Vorderbruggen, fall :58

140--Peter Stark (NYM), W-FF

145--Jordan Novak (NYM) def. Nelson, fall 1:27

152--Goedtke (B) def. Seth Hofland, 1-0

160--MaxCarlson (NYM), W-FF

171--Harris (B) def. Noah Pesola, fall 5:20

189--Johnson (B) dec. Tyler Patron

215--Double Forfeit

HWT--Landyn Saewert (NYM), W-FF

Class A Poll Section

1. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 5

2. Frazee 8

3. Minneota 3

4. Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1

5. Kenyon-Wanamingo 1

6. Jackson-County Central 2

7. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg 3

8. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memroial 4

9. Sibley East 4

10. BOLD 3

11. Blue Earth Area 2

12. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 8

18. Border West 6

26. New York Mills 6

NYM Ranked Individuals

103--Shane Novak (#2)

135--Jordan Novak (#3)

HWT--Landyn Saewert (#5)