Leading just 23-20 after eight matches, the Brainerd Warriors won the remaining six to soundly defeat the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 59-20 in Thursday’s Central Lakes Conference meet at Brainerd High School.
After an opening 2-1 loss at 106, the remaining 13 matches were decided by pins, technical falls or forfeit with the Warriors securing 10 of the 13.
According to Brainerd co-head coach Mike Boran, “We hadn’t beaten Apollo for several years, but we took it to them tonight. It felt pretty good.”
The win was Brainerd’s first against the Eagles since Dec. 11, 2007, snapping a string of six straight dual-meet losses to Apollo.
Levi Rubin turned in the quickest pin for Brainerd at 195, putting Kevin Cao on his back in 57 seconds.
Also registering pins for the Warriors were Andy Schlosser, Drew Bruen, Dan Babineau, Luke Boran, Casey Biever and Sam Adams.
Jeff Flickinger secured a technical fall victory while Jake Zelinske and Jace Engelmann both won by forfeit for Brainerd.
Brainerd 59, Apollo 20
106: Peter Nelson (SCA) dec. Bryton Mutz 2-1
113: Andy Schlosser (B) pinned Brett Kircher 4:25
120: Drew Bruen (B) pinned Ryan Sok 5:15
126: Matt Braun (SCA) pinned David Larson :33
132: Jake Zelinske (B) by forfeit
138: Dan Babineau (B) pinned Brandon Karolus 3:40
145: Mitch Bengtson (SCA) pinned Tommy Schlosser 1:16
152: Grant Nehring (SCA) tech. fall over Dillon Solid 3:18
160: Luke Boran (B) pinned Nick Graham 4:37
170: Jeff Flickinger (B) tech. fall over Dylan Mehr 4:30
182: Jace Engelmann (B) by forfeit
195: Levi Rubin (B) pinned Kevin Cao :57
220: Casey Biever (B) pinned Niles Hundeby 3:00
285: Sam Adams (B) pinned Dereck Biendara 2:39
Conference: Brd 2-0. Overall: Brd 2-0. Next: Brainerd at Frazee tournament Saturday.