Trevor McCulloch has lost only twice in 19 matches this season.
But both of those losses have come at the hands of Foley junior Jake Helmin. The second came Tuesday night as the Brainerd Warriors wrestling team fell 39-12 to the Falcons in the second of two duals at the Warriors gym. In the first, Brainerd beat the Sartell Sabers 45-17 in a Central Lakes Conference.
Helmin (23-0) beat McCulloch 7-2 in the feature match of the evening. In the semi-finals of the Paul Bunyan Invitational in December, Helmin defeated McCulloch 4-1.
"I went after everything I could and he just out powered me tonight," said McCulloch, a junior who competed at the state meet last year. "And that's what heavyweight wrestling is all about. I like to have a match like that, then I can hit some moves that I've been working on in practice."
Helmin recorded a take down at the end of the first period, at the end of the second period and in the middle of the third to seal the win.
"When he ties up he hooks with his arms," Helmin said. "He tries to get underneath and jack up. And I was able to take him down three times."
Helmin was a member of the junior varsity last season. This season, he said the JV is weak with heavyweights so he enlisted the services of a former Falcons state champion Al Jensen for twice-a-week training.
"They had a great guy at heavyweight last year," McCulloch said. "(Helmin's) strong and he's a lot smarter than most guys. He doesn't make any stupid mistakes with his hips."
The respect is mutual.
"He's so strong and big," Helmin said. "He's got to be around the 275-pound mark. He's so tall, too. It's hard to get moves on him. It's hard to ride him out, but I did a pretty good job tonight."
McCulloch, who had to come down from his football playing weight of 305 pounds to the maximum of 275, destroyed Randy Dullinger of Sartell via a pin in 22 seconds in his earlier match.
"I can't say I'm disappointed for Trevor," Brainerd coach Bob Brakke said. "He went the whole match. It's the hardest I've seen him wrestle. Because he went so hard, he gave some points up.
"But that's what I wanted. I wanted them to actually wrestle. Down the road, that makes him a champion."
Preston Hines is also on that same route as he disposed of the No. 7 ranked wrestler in the state at 103 pounds. Hines (14-1) beat Kent Nathe of Sartell 13-0 in a major decision and then won by a forfeit against Foley when the No. 8 ranked Ryan Holthaus didn't make the trip because of sickness.
"You could tell Preston was ready tonight," Brakke said.
Brainerd wrestled twice, but Foley and Sartell only competed once. Brakke said Sartell was concerned about their match numbers for the year.
Foley 39, Brainerd 12
103 -- Preston Hines (B) won by forfeit
112 -- Chad Posterick (F) pinned Vince Sellnow 1:39
119 -- Adam Shempert (F) dec. Tom Zelinske 8-6
125 -- Lance Muyres (F) dec. Dusty Pickar 6-0
130 -- Andy Pickar (B) dec. Matt Achman 3-1
135 -- Jesse Marohn (B) dec. Corey Winkelman 4-2
140 -- Luke Matvick (F) dec. Matt Hyland 7-2
145 -- Mike Swendra (F) dec. Nick Dircks 7-4
152 -- Josh Fitzpatrick (F) dec. Jeff Goodman 7-2
160 -- Chris Wojciechowski dec. Lucas Marks 7-3
171 -- Chris Jurek (F) pinned Mike Weiss 1:01
189 -- Travis Szczech (F) pinned Allan Stephenson 5:23
Hwt -- Jake Helmin (F) dec. Trevor McCulloch 7-2
Brainerd 45, Sartell 17
103 -- Hines (B) major dec. Kent Nathe 13-0
112 -- Dustin Coffin (S) major dec. Sellnow 15-2
119 -- Zelinske (B) major dec. Phil Larson 13-0
125 -- Paul Johnson (S) dec. D. Pickar 9-7
130 -- A. Pickar (B) pinned Bill Murphy 2:23
135 -- Marohn (B) dec. Dan Strenge 10-3
140 -- Hyland (B) won by forfeit
145 -- Dircks (B) major dec. Brent Chrast 16-4
152 -- Goodman (B) won by forfeit
160 -- Donny Traut (S) major dec. Marks 14-5
171 -- Mike Weiss (B) won by forfeit
189 -- Jake Stock (S) pinned Stephenson 4:33
Hwt -- McCulloch (B) pinned Randy Dullinger :22
Overall -- B 3-6. Next meet -- at St. Croix Invitational, 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
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