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Hornet grapplers earn NLC win over Three Lakes
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For the Elcho wrestling crew, Thursday’s trip to Three Lakes was no walk in the park as the Bluejays battled the Hornets to the end with Elcho prevailing 37-30.

“Well it was a night where what should have been an easy dual meet became very close in a hurry,” Elcho coach Bobby Stimac said. “With three lakes dodging Donovan Houle and Joey Johnson to collect forfeits rather then wrestle matches, it became a very close dual.”  

With the night starting at 132 pounds, Elcho’s Roman Noel came up with a huge pin over Tom Stuckart at 3:33 to get the team started.  

Onto 145 and wrestling up, Houle was dodged so they could pick up a forfeit at 152. At 160 Elcho chose to forfeit in an effort to move Alec Smith up a weight class to 170.  Smith did his part as he pinned Kiama Karinjha in 59 seconds.

At 182 Three Lakes moved their available wrestlers up to avoid facing Johnson, giving him the night off.

Recently added to the varsity lineup, freshman Austin Becker took the 195 slot. Fighting hard, Becker was unable to overcome the experience of Justin Ertz as he was pinned at 1:57.

“At 220 we really needed to get the ball rolling our way and Trinton Menomin wrestle aggressive to grind out a big pin,” Stimac noted.  

Menomin took till the two minute mark to lay Chase Kirby on his back for the win.

At heavyweight, Mark Hanson was back in action after missing two weeks due to illness. Even though he showed signs from being off, Hanson still came out against Hunter Raatz and won a nice 12-5 decision.  

Brennan Livermore fell to Three Lakes’ Devan Kliss by pin at 1:08 in 106 pounds. At 113 Robert Houle battled back as he trailed Dillion Kliss 15-2 only to lose a 15-10 decision.

“That was a great match where he didn't quit on the team,” the coach said.

Moving on to 120, Colton Dvorak lost a 5-3 match to Eric Hamilton to leave the score 34-30 in Elcho’s favor.  

Leading by a mere four points, Elcho’s victory lied on the shoulders of 126 pound, Will Micke.  

“Will came out strong and grabbed an earlier lead but in Micke fashion he rolled to his back and was caught,” Stimac explained. “He rallied off and finished the match strongly controlling a solid 9-2 decision against Eva Senter.”  “As a team it was nice to see some of our other guys step up and bring home this dual win. It's always hard when coaches start juggling lineups but tonight it didn't matter, the team stepped up big and did just enough to get us a win,” Stimac concluded.  

Elcho is off to a dual meet at Stratford tonight.
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