Janesville Parker’s wrestling team took the defending Big Eight Conference champions down to the wire Thursday night.

The Vikings were tied with host Sun Prairie with just two matches remaining, but the Cardinals won the final two bouts on the way to a 42-33 dual-meet victory.

“We were right there; we were really close,” Parker coach Daniel Jackson said. “The most impressive thing about it, I don’t think the final score even does it justice with just how well we wrestled. We battled every single match.”

AJ Miller and Bailey Ellefson picked up early pins for Parker to take a 12-6 lead.

“AJ came out and got a fall, which was an awesome way to start,” Jackson said. “And then Bailey avenged a loss from last year.”

The Cardinals won the next five bouts to take a 33-12 lead.

Then momentum swung back to the Vikings, as they won four straight matches at the lightest four weights, including pins from Tristan Buol, Daniel Smith and Brett Perkins and a sudden victory for Nicolas Lux at 120 pounds.

“All our seniors really stepped up, including Brett,” Jackson said. “The Lux match was awesome. We’re training to try to be the ones that are dominant in the third period, and that’s what happened in overtime.

“There were just so many positives tonight.”

Sun Prairie took the lead for good at 132 pounds when Wyatt Thiel earned a first-period pin, and 138-pounder Tyler Nelson capped the night with a 13-9 decision.

Parker hosts the eight-team Cramer/Brown Invitational on Saturday.

SUN PRAIRIE 42, PARKER 33

106—Tristan Buol (P) pinned Emily Tess, 1:33. 113—Daniel Smith (P) pinned Jonathon Foster, 0:31. 120—Nicolas Lux (P) sudden victory over Richard Quintana, 14-10. 126—Brett Perkins (P) pinned Wyatt Thiel, 4:49. 132—Wyatt Thiel (SP) pinned Cory Jordan, 0:52. 138—Tyler Nelson (SP) dec. Palmer Goodwick, 13-9. 145: AJ Miller (P) pinned Jack Desens, 3:54.

152—Drew Scharenbrock (SP) pinned Damian Quaerna, 1:32. 160—Bailey Ellefson (JP) pinned David Prell, 3:35. 170—Karson Sutton (SP) pinned Jakob Barlass, 3:33. 182—Jack Haraldson (SP) pinned Bryce Dyer, 1:35. 195—Brendan Shannon (SP) dec. Keaton Romero, 14-7. 220—Mason Smith (SP) pinned Tre Smith, 2:54. 285—Isaac Tess (SP) pinned Elijah Rickman, 0:40.

Match started at 145.

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