Wrestling: Early lead not enough for Lake City grapplers
LAKE CITY – Knowing what was coming later on, Lake City wrestling head coach Lonnie West needed his team to pick up as many points as possible in the first three matches against Dover-Eyota Friday night.
Though in the end it didn’t matter in a 42-21 loss, the first trio of Tigers to take the mat did stake Lake City to a brief lead.
Jeremy Keller opened the match with a 6-0 loss, but both Brendan Allen and Kevin McGinley responded with impressive wins. Allen held on to an 8-7 decision, a match that had him up 5-0 at the end of the first period thanks to holding a near-fall for about 90 seconds.
McGinley needed an escape with six seconds left in his match at 120 pounds to snag a 5-4 win over Corbin Powrie, a victory that gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead.
“We knew the first three matches were going to be pretty key for us,” West said, “and I guess two out of the three went our way. We were looking for a few more points out of our bottom because we knew once we got to (126 pounds) that’s where the meat of their order was.”
Starting with that match at 126 pounds, the Eagles won six straight, including two by fall and two by forfeit. By the time the dual came to the 170-pound tilt, Lake City trailed 33-6.
With a minor miracle needed to pull out a team victory, West sent out Shane Siewert, the No. 5-ranked Class A wrestler at 160 pounds. But Dover-Eyota opted for its own forfeit, giving the Tigers a breath of life, but taking a little something special away from Siewert, the fans and Lake City wrestling.
“That’s the other coach’s decision, I can’t control that,” West said. “On a side note, that was his 100th victory. So he got his 100th victory on a [third-consecutive] forfeit, which was a little bit depressing … but that’s the way it goes.”
The next match saw the Tigers grab two more wins, a 6-3 decision for Derek Bremer and a pin from Michael Noll.
Andrew Denzer closed the night with a 6-0 loss to No. 3-ranked Tanner Welsh, a match that was 0-0 through two periods, and 1-0 until the final few seconds.
“What’s the difference if you lose 1-0 or 3-0, at least take a chance, you never know what’s going to happen at heavyweight,” West said. “Hopefully they meet up again.”
Lake City will host Hayfield Thursday.