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Grapplers up record to 20-1
The New Prague Trojan wrestling team hosted Mankato West and Glencoe- Silver Lake in a home triangular Friday, Jan. 25, and won both matches to go to 20-1 on the season.
The Trojans (No. 4, Class AA) have a big meet Thursday, Jan. 31, traveling to Shakopee where they will face the host Sabers (No. 6, Class AAA) at 5 p.m., followed by defending State AA Champion Simley (No. 2, Class AA) at 6:30 p.m.
“It will be a big night for us,” coach Greg Tikalsky said. “The Shakopee meet will decide the Missota Conference championship and the Simley meet will give us an idea of where we stand going into the tournament season.
“We expect good individual match-ups in these matches that will test our boys individually and our abilities as a team to pick up bonus points wherever possible and minimize the bonus points against.”
New Prague will end its regular season with a dual meet Thursday, Feb. 7, at Eastview. That match will begin at 7 p.m., a change from the original schedule.
Trojans 57, Scarlets 17 After dropping a close opening match, the Trojans won seven straight matches by pin or forfeit to build a 42- 3 lead.
West won three of the final four matches, one of them by forfeit. The Trojans wrestled without two of their top upper-weight wrestlers, Nathan Preston and Zach Lafavor, out with injuries.
Winning for New Prague by fall were Alek Nelson (120 pounds), Griffin Parriott (126), Frank Bartyzal (132), Morgan Parriott (145), Darick Kvam (152) and Cody Sirek (220). Joe Heinz (160) won a decision, and Chase Logelin (113), Richard Reinartz (138) and Logan Giles (170) all won by forfeit.
“Going into this match we were concerned, they have four boys rate in state,” Tikalsky said. “Once again, our boys responded.
“In nearly every event we've had an unexpected individual come through - against Glencoe, it was Chase Logelin. He is wrestling with tremendous confidence, despite having only wrestled a few varsity matches. James Berg had a nice win, they bumped up Brandon Richter to avoid Griffin Parriott and James Berg got the pin against him.”
Trojans 39, Panthers 32 Glencoe-Silver Lake led halfway through this dual 17- 15, but the Trojans won three straight, two by fall and one by forfeit, to take a 33-17 lead on their way to a 39-32 win over the Panthers.
GSL won two of the first three matches for a 10-3 lead. Chase Logelin got the Trojans’ lone points in a 5-4 decision at 113 pounds.
The Trojans got a forfeit win from Griffin Parriott (126) and a pinfall from James Berg (132) to take a 15-10 lead, but the Panthers won the next two matches to go up 17-15.
Morgan Parriott (145) got a fall in 40 seconds for the Trojans and Joe Heinz (160) followed with a fall in 5:35 to put the Trojans up 27-17, then the Panthers followed with a forfeit to Giles (170).
GSL scored a decision and a fall, then the Trojans’ Cody Sirek clinched the match with a fall in 1:39 at 220 pounds.
The Trojans had both Preston and Lafavor warming up for a potential final match, but with the win assured and both wrestlers nursing injuries, New Prague chose to forfeit at 285 to make the final 37-32.