ST. PAUL — Five straight victories, including three by pin, was how the White Bear Lake Bears captured a 36-27 Class 3A consolation championship victory over the Little Falls Flyers Thursday.
The 10th-ranked Flyers built a 27-10 lead after Keith York’s 11-7 decision at 160 pounds. That’s when the Bears grizzled out their string of five straight wins.
Justin Jenks, Frank Wilczek and Dillon Kifer picked up pins for the 23-10 Flyers. Also winning during the consolation championship match were Conner Scherping, Levi Hoffman and Yorek.
“We’re very happy with how the kids wrestled,” said Flyers head coach Mike Hendrickson. “We did a lot of moving around because it was a chess match and things were going well for us. We were able to move Kifer up a weight class because the kid they had at 138 wasn’t very strong so we moved in our sophomore (Levi Hoffman) and he was able to win against us.
“Then Dillon went up against a really tough kid, but he was still able to get a pin.”
The loss of Conor Swanson to injury in the Section 8-3A individual tournament hurt the Flyers in the upper weights were they did even more shifting. Hendrickson said David Copa was handed a questionable call on a head lock that could have helped the Flyers stave off the Bears’ comeback bid.
Little Falls advanced to the consolation final by eliminating Champlin Park 39-28 in the consolation semifinals. The Flyers lost to second-ranked Hastings 47-19 in the first-round match.
“On paper we weren’t supposed to even touch Hastings so we did a lot of studying on Champlin Park because we figured we would meet them,” Hendrickson said. “We knew they were weaker on the lower weights so we needed to make hay there and get some points and we did.
“The turning point came at 195. Trysten Ross was holding his own against a very good wrestler. Trysten was down by five and then the other guy just kind of stopped wrestling. Trysten went in for a move and that’s when we learned that they kid had broken his arm. We got the six-point injury default and that was the turning point in the match.”
Jenks was 3-0 with three pins. Wilczek also went 3-0 with two pins to move to 39-3 on the season. Kifer was 3-0 with two pins to improve to 40-3.
Connor Scherping finished 2-0.
White Bear Lake 36, Little Falls 27
106: Justin Jenks (LF) pinned Mathew Muedeking 2:18
113: Andrew Martin (WBL) maj. dec. Axel Lange 10-0
120: Frank Wilczek (LF) pinned Alex Rod :50
126: Grant Bolduan (WBL) dec. Dan Mushel 10-3
132: Connor Scherping (LF) dec. Elijah Muedeking 6-4
138: Levi Hoffman (LF) dec. Joe Dittel 5-2
145: Dillon Kifer (LF) pinned Cam Brandvold 3:05
152: Duncan Potter (WBL) dec. Jordan Petrone 9-7
160: Keith Yorek (LF) dec. Gregg Wilcox 11-7
170: Cody Anderson (WBL) pinned Tyler Gastecki 3:04
182: Thomas Longendyke (WBL) maj. dec. Adam Grams 17-3
195: Beau Bibeau (WBL) pinned Trysten Ross 1:26
220: Tyler Hubman (WBL) pinned David Copa 3:24
285: Jeremy Seed (WBL) maj. dec. Brent Berger 12-3
Little Falls 39, Champlin Park 28
106: Justin Jenks (LF) pinned TJ Kocon :33
113: Axel Lange (LF) dec. Andrew Longerbone 9-3
120: Frank Wilczek (LF) pinned Andy Vang :48
126: Andrew Ockuly (CP) dec. Dan Mushel 9-7
132: Conner Scherping (LF) pinned Bobby Jackson 2:43
138: Dillon Kifer (LF) pinned Brandon Martin 1:06
145: David Burtness (CP) maj. dec. Luke Lodermeier 15-6
152: Cory Berry (CP) tech. fall Derek McMahan 15-0
160: Stephan Pham (CP) dec. Jordan Petrone 3-2
170: LaQuan Wallace (CP) maj. dec. Tyler Gastecki 12-4
182: Trenton Navalany (CP) dec. Adam Grams 7-6 4OT
195: Trysten Ross (LF) inj. default Moses Sando
220: David Copa (LF) pinned Daniel Lovik 3:11
285: Gjullian Flemister-King (CP) pinned Brent Berger 1:00
Hastings 47, Little Falls 19
106: Justin Jenks (LF) pinned Spencer Koop :42
113: Luke Rowh (H) pinned Logan Kapphahn 1:11
120: Frank Wilczek (LF) dec. Isaac Bauer 4-2
126: Dany Grove (H) maj. dec. Dan Mushel 11-1
132: Eric Bauer (H) pinned Austin Olson 1:11
138: Dillon Kifer (LF) maj. dec. Dan Marquet 12-0
145: Jake Anderson (H) dec. Luke Lodermeier 7-0
152: Dylan Nelson (H) dec. Jordan Petrone 9-6
160: Bryan Rachuy (H) tech. fall Derek McMahan 16-0
170: Alex Nygaard (H) tech. fall Keith Yorek 15-0
182: Adam Grams (LF) pined Cody Wagner 1:28
195: Tony Lodermeier (H) dec. Joe Reis 6-2
220: Isaac Eichmann (H) pinned Brent Berger 1:34
285: Jake Anderson (H) pinned David Copa 3:25
Overall: LF 23-10.