Craig pins down victory
None, however, was quicker than Friday night’s pin-fest in the Parker High gym.
The Cougars, with pins at five weight classes, outlasted the Vikings, 43-33, in the Big Eight Conference dual finale for both teams.
That lifted Craig to 7-2 in the conference and left Parker at 5-4.
Each team registered five pins, with seven of the 10 coming in the first period.
Chris Pierce wrapped up the Cougars’ victory victory with a first-period pin at 140 pounds in the last match of the night. The senior was bumped up two weight classes after wrestling at 130 most of the season.
“I just went out there and tried to be as aggressive as I always am,” Pierce said. “This is Parker/Craig. We practiced hard all week, and the team came through tonight despite some injuries.”
The dual meet started at 145, where Craig coach Mark Mullen moved defending state champion Siven Furseth up two weight classes. The unbeaten senior (31-0) picked up a pin in the second period to give the Cougars a quick 6-0 lead.
The Cougars pushed the lead to
10-0 on Zach Mulrooney’s major decision, but the Vikings battled back to take a 12-10 lead on consecutive pins from Yoiser Mauleon at 160 and Matt Perkins at 171. Craig regained the lead on Zak Kurtz’ first-period pin, but Parker grabbed a 24-16 lead on back-to-back pins from Dylan Zweifel and Cody Colson.
“Moving Furseth up to 145 to start the match changed a lot of things,” longtime Parker coach Ron Cramer said. “But we hung in there and gave ourselves a chance at the end.
“I tip my hat to Craig. They’re the better team right now.”
The Cougars took over the meet with four straight wins starting at 103. Craig’s Anthony Skrede won by injury default at 103 to the deficit to two, and the Cougars took the lead for good at 112 where Ryan McGinty posted a 6-0 win. Ryan Ruble (112) and Jamie Kumlien (119) picked up first-period pins to push Craig’s lead to 37-24.
In the featured match of the night, Parker’s Adam Cavey outlasted Kyle Upmann, 9-7. The two came into the match with a combined record of 54-11.
Parker’s Brennan Casey-Schmidt improved to 32-4 on the season with a pin at 135 before Pierce ended the meet with another first-period pin.
“It’s nice to have that stud at the end when you really need it,” Craig’s first-year coach said of having Pierce be able to move up two weight classes. “And we had four freshmen in the lineup that did a nice job of not getting pinned.
“It is still Parker/Craig. And just like football or basketball, you never know how it’s going to go. I’m very happy for the win, especially for our four seniors.”
CRAIG 43, PARKER 33
103 —Anthony Skrede (C) won by injury default over Haley Hedgecock; 112—Ryan McGinty (C) dec. Zach Radieske, 6-0; 119—Ryan Ruble (C) pinned Drew Diemer, :26; 125—Jamie Kumlien (C) pinned Mitch Henneman, 1:06; 130—Adam Cavey (P) dec. Kyle Upmann, 9-7; 135—Brennan Casey-Schmidt (P) pinned Jacob Wilson, 1:34; 140—Chris Pierce (C) pinned Josh Poznanski, 1:39.
145—Siven Furseth (C) pinned Austin Kessler, 2:33; 152—Zach Mulrooney (C) major dec. over Willie Vance-Jenkins, 13-2; 160—Yoiser Mauleon (P) pinned Matt Plewa, 3:04; 171—Matt Perkins (P) pinned Van Langenberg, 1:41; 189—Zak Kurtz (C) pinned Brandon Fryda, :36; 215—Dylan Zweifel (P) pinned Drew Grassi, 3:05; 285—Cody Colson (P) pinned Dakota Pearson, 1:30.
? Starting weight—145.