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Eagles build early lead in win over Panthers

New York Mills jumped out to a 33-0 lead en route to a 49-22 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at the Century School gym.

The Eagles won the first six matches, three via forfeits, to take control.

Jeremiah Harper got the Eagles started with a fall at 2:41 against Devon Eischens.

Shane Novak added an 11-3 decision over Ben Baumgartner at 119 pounds. Tyler Ehnert recorded a fall at 1:45 to get the Eagles up big early.

Park Rapids' Zachary Steffen ended that run with a 13-0 major decision at 140 pounds. Steffen used a first-period takedown, a takedown and nearfall in the second period, and another takedown and nearfall in the third period for the win.

New York Mills won the next three matches to build a 49-4 cushion.

Michael Meyer scored a fall at 2:28 over Adam Branstrom. Peter Stark added bonus points in a 10-1 decision over Zac Haugland and Seth Hofland pinned Nick Schulz at 3:18 at 160 pounds.

The Panthers ended the match with four victories.

Kevin Just's reversal in the second period and takedown in the third period led to a 4-2 win at 171 before Danny Pike used takedowns in the first and third periods for a 4-0 decision at 189.

Brandon Ritter used three takedowns to build an 8-0 lead before recording a pin at the 4:38 mark at 215. Cole Tretbar ended the dual with a forfeit win as the Panthers fell to 3-3 in dual meets. New York Mills improved to 3-1.

NYM 49, Park Rapids 22

103: Jeremiah Harper, NYM, pinned Devon Eischens 2:41. 112: Tommy Selander, NYM, won by forfeit. 119: Shane Novak, NYM, decision over Ben Baumgartner 11-3. 125: Tyler Ehnert, NYM, pinned Laine Jensen 1:45. 130: Jake Hessig, NYM, won by forfeit. 135: Kyle Vordeburgen, NYM, won by forfeit. 140: Zachary Steffen, PR, major decision over Andrew Mindermann 13-0. 145: Micheal Meyer, NYM, pinned Adam Branstrom 2:28. 152: Peter Stark, NYM, major decision over Zac Haugland 10-1. 160: Seth Hofland, NYM, pinned Nick Schulz 3:18. 171: Kevin Just, PR, minor decision over Ty Bell 4-2. 189: Danny Pike, PR, minor decision over Tyler Patron 4-0. 215: Brandon Ritter, PR, pinned Max Carlson 4:38. 285: Cole Tretbar, PR, won by forfeit.