CULVER — With under a week and a half remaining until the Northern State Conference Meet, every NSC win is a big one.
The Culver Cavaliers won 10 of their 14 matches against conference foe Triton to take a dominant 48-24 victory over the visiting Trojans at home Wednesday and improve their seedings in the NSC.
“I’m pleased with our performance tonight. Our guys wrestled very hard. They’ve been working hard in the room,” said Culver head coach Louis Posa.
“Seeding is big, but we’ve got to go and perform. We’re back to work tomorrow, working hard in the room, and hopefully it’ll pay off when the time comes.”
The Cavs started off the meet on a high note as Austin Brisette won a 14-2 major decision against Joseph Soriano in a reprisal for a loss at the hands of the Triton junior earlier this season, while Tyre Simpson pinned Justice Warren in 55 seconds at 120 pounds to give Culver an initial 16-0 advantage after a Triton forfeit at 113. Ian Randolph followed another Trojans forfeit at 126 with a tech fall of Jeremy Bobendrager at 132 pounds to push the advantage to a comfortable 27-nil, and the Cavs racked up 42 team points before Triton was able to put a point on the board.
“We have guys coming out and getting big wins for us,” said Posa. “Austin Brissette, what a match against a kid he lost to earlier in the season. Stephen Lehman and Mark Lehman picking up wins, and Ian Randolph, our senior, coming out in his last home dual and getting a big win for us.”
“I was impressed with Tyre. He’s been working hard in the room for us,” added Posa. “He’s really been working his pinning combinations, and he came through with a big win tonight.”
“We have a young team, and every day is a new day for us right now,” said Triton head coach Matt Arvesen. “With some of these kids they’re seeing some of these moves for the first time, even tonight. I think we got beat by about three or four different moves total tonight, and I think that’s just a lack of experience. But I’ll tell you what, they handed it to us. They took it to us, even our upperclassmen. I’ll give it to them.”
The Trojans finally put up points in the 170-pound class as freshman Trevor Kanarr reversed Lodge Burress out of a near fall to pin the Culver sophomore in 3:38. Triton’s only other wins of the night came by forfeit at 182, 220 and heavyweight.
“Trevor, one of our harder working freshmen for sure,” said Arvesen. “It’s only his second year wrestling. He doesn’t know a whole lot of moves, but he’s improved dramatically over the last year, coming in in the offseason working. He’s one of our hardest workers in practice. It kind of shows right there. He’s kind of raw in his moves, but at the same time he doesn’t quit, things kind of look sour there for a minute, he’s on his back, and the next thing you know he’s flipping the kid over and getting the fall. I’m proud of him.”
Along with Simpson’s win by fall at 120, Matt Hurford and Matt Shots also earned first period pinfall victories for Culver at 195 and 152, respectively.
Triton and Culver won’t have to wait until the NSCs to see each other again as both teams will wrestle at the Bremen Super Dual this Saturday. The meet is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
“Our guys are going to keep battling. We’re going to see these guys again here next weekend. We’re going to talk for awhile about how we’re going to make things different on Saturday. Just looking forward to competing with these guys again,” Arvesen said.
• CULVER 48, TRITON 24
106: Austin Brissette (C) Major Decision Joseph Soriano 14-2; 113: Allen Betts (C) by forfeit; 120: Tyre Simpson (C) pin Justice Warren 0:55; 126: Mark Lehman (C) by forfeit; 132: Ian Randolph (C) tech fall Jeremy Bobendrager 18-1; 138: Keith Back (C) dec. Nate Spangle; 145: Stephen Lehman dec. Tony Swanson 8-3; 152: Matt Shotts pin Grant Stichter :49; 160: Mark Hurford dec. Dakota Grubbs 8-6; 170: Trevor Kanarr (T) pin Lodge Burress 3:38; 182: Tyler Milton (T) by forfeit; 195: Matt Hurford (C) pin Jeremy Kinsey :51; 220: Mike Horn (T) by forfeit; Heavyweight: Zach Edmonds (T) by forfeit