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Wrestling: Lakers move to Section 5 semifinals

The Minnewaska wrestling team lived to see another day in the Section 5, Class A tournament by knocking off fifth-seeded Paynesville Area on Tuesday.

The Lakers, seeded fourth, won five of the last six matches to erase a deficit and secure a 42-31 win. All five of those wins down the stretch came by fall as Ryan VanLuik, Grant Hendren, Tyson Meyer, Tyler VanLuik and Jakob Swalla pinned their man.

Easton McCrory and Jacob Blair each got decision wins at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively, to get the Lakers going. Paynesville rallied with three straight wins, but Mason Blair stopped the bleeding by getting a pin in 3:48 at 138 pounds.

Minnewaska now gets to face the top seed in the section on Friday in Belgrade when the Lakers take on Long Prairie-Grey Eagle-Browerville at 6 p.m. The Thunder (21-1) beat Minnewaska 50-21 when they wrestled on Dec. 19.

MINNEWASKA 42, PAYNESVILLE AREA 31106 - Easton McCrory (M) def. Craig Schmitz, 3-0; 113 - Jacob Blair (M) def. Aaron Mages, 6-1; 120 - Brett Mages (P) def. Caden Koziol by major decision, 11-2; 126 - Riley Messer (P) def. Max Reichmann, 1-0; 132 - Shawn Rue (P) def. Mateo Arredando by fall, 0:46; 138 - Mason Blair (M) def. Cameron Schmidt by fall, 3:48; 145 - Daltin Christinsen (P) def. Cade Fish by injury, 1:06; 152 - Weston Roberg (P) def. Tyrone Walsh by fall, 1:00; 160 - Ryan VanLuik (M) def. Jarod Veldkamp by fall, 5:16; 170 - Grant Hendren (M) def. Shawn Pinske by fall, 1:27; 182 - Tyson Meyer (M) def. Lucas Holtz by fall, 3:46; 195 - Tyler VanLuik (M) def. Tayler Veldkamp by fall, 0:54; 220 - Grant Ludwig (P) def. John Helander by fall, 0:40; 285 - Jakob Swalla (M) def. Lucas Peterson by fall, 3:47
Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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