Worthington gets past New Ulm 40-23 in Big South wrestling

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm 106-pound wrestler Carter Brandes (top) defeated Ivan Martinez of Worthington Tuesday at New Ulm High School. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — The New Ulm wrestling team battled No. 12-ranked Worthington on Tuesday night in nonconference wrestling action but were unable to pick up an upset win as they fell 40-23.

At 106, Carter Brandes kicked off the meet with a pin victory for the Eagles over Ivan Martinez at 5:11. New Ulm coach John Rieser was proud of how Brandes was able to battle and start the night off on the right foot for New Ulm.

“It’s a state-ranked team,” Rieser said. “I think they wrestled pretty well overall. We needed to create a little more action in a few matches, but overall another pretty good outing. I thought Carter Brandes wrestled well at the beginning, coming from behind and wrestling tough in that third period to win that match.”

After the Brandes victory, Worthington took the next five matches, one by pin, to lead 19-6. Sean Howk, No. 10 in state at 138, stopped the Eagles’ drought with an 11-3 decision victory over Lay K Pow at 145.

Howk capped off his big win with a late takedown with seconds left in the match.

Hunter Ranweiler continued the comeback for New Ulm with a 7-1 decision win over Jaime Cornejo in the 152-pound division. Tanner Stark, No. 4 in state at 152, then picked up an 11-3 win at 160 for New Ulm to bring the Eagles within 2, 19-17.

After a Worthington decision victory at 170 and three forfeit victories for the Trojans at 182, 195 and 220, the Eagles lost out on a chance to pick up the overall victory. But Colby Wenninger still put on a show in the heavyweight division for New Ulm and closed the night out with a pin victory at 1:53 over Adam Russell.

Rieser said that not too many things surprised him in the meet against Worthington aside from a couple of varsity Trojans not wrestling.

“We competed well,” Rieser said. “The middle of our lineup — we’re pretty tough. It was nice to win on both ends, you don’t always expect that. There’s kids that are average, better than average, so it just depends on who they match up with and stuff like that. Kind of what I expected tonight.”

The Eagles (0-4) travel to St. Peter for a matchup with St. Clair/Mankato Loyola on Thursday.

Worthington (WORT) 40.00 New Ulm Area (NUA) 23.00

106: Carter Brandes (NUA) over Ivan Martinez (WORT) (Fall 4:49) 113: Damon Schutz (WORT) over Jackson Bode (NUA) (Dec 4-0) 120: Zaydan Abdulrahman (WORT) over Nick Syverson (NUA) (Dec 7-2) 126: Erik Artiga (WORT) over Jacob Bertrang (NUA) (Dec 4-2) 132: Jaden Hennings (WORT) over John Mehlhop (NUA) (Fall 3:21) 138: Jacob Prunty (WORT) over Cole Ranweiler (NUA) (MD 11-3) 145: Sean Howk (NUA) over Lay K Paw (WORT) (MD 11-3) 152: Hunter Ranweiler (NUA) over Jaime Cornejo (WORT) (Dec 7-1) 160: Tanner Stark (NUA) over Preston Anderson (WORT) (MD 11-3) 170: Brayden Donkersloot (WORT) over Lane Miller (NUA) (Dec 12-5) 182: Kendrick Bickett (WORT) over (NUA) (For.) 195: Mason Byrne (WORT) over (NUA) (For.) 220: Jacob Neuberger (WORT) over (NUA) (For.) 285: Colby Wenniger (NUA) over Adam Russell (WORT) (Fall 1:53)


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