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Card wrestling: Pin power

There may have been nearly a full slate of wrestling as the Cardinals hosted St. Cloud Apollo Thursday, but that didn't mean that the match lasted very long.

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Eric Morken, Echo Press Isak Hurlen picked up a pin at 152 pounds for the Cardinals during Thursday night's dual meet with St. Cloud Apollo.

There may have been nearly a full slate of wrestling as the Cardinals hosted St. Cloud Apollo Thursday, but that didn't mean that the match lasted very long.

Twelve of the 14 matches on the night ended by pin, and seven of those were finished in less than a minute, with the Eagles coming out on top 48-35.

The only two matches that didn't finish with a fall came at 119 pounds when Alexandria forfeited to the Eagles, and the other at 160 pounds and Cole Ellison won by technical fall at 4:00.

"It was a quick match as there wasn't one varsity [individual] match that went into the third period," said Cardinal head coach Tom Ellison. "Apollo jumped out front after the first eight matches, and our wrestlers had a chance to come back and win, but they would need to pin their way out in the upper weights to do it."

The longest match of the night that ended in a pin came at the very beginning as 103-pound Trent Piepenburg needed 3:22 to pick up the first of the 12 pins on the night.

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After Piepenburg's victory, the Eagles went on a tear, rolling off seven straight six-point wins to take a huge 42-6 lead.

"The match-ups the rest of the way looked to favor the Cardinals, and if they could pull it off, they had the opportunity to have a great comeback win," said Ellison.

Isak Hurlen got the ball rolling at 152 pounds, picking up a pin in 3:10, then Cole Ellison had to settle for a technical fall at 160.

"Cole even had to counter the direction of the Apollo coaches," noted the Cardinal coach, "as they were coaching their wrestler to give up match points in favor of losing by the 15 point differential required for a technical fall rather than the pin. A technical fall is worth five team points and would preserve the win for Apollo."

The final three matches of the night went to Alexandria and Andy Bouressa, Dillon Schauff and Ross Carlson all finished off the dual with pins after a loss at 171 pounds.

ST. CLOUD APOLLO 48, ALEXANDRIA 35

103 - Trent Piepenburg, Alex, pinned Devon Johnson 3:22, 112 - Grant Dullinger, AP, pinned Tristan Johnson 0:25, 119 - Matt Braun, AP, won by forfeit, 125 - Mitch Bengston, AP, pinned Josh Fearing 0:49, 130 - A. Lawwell, AP, pinned Jacob Schiltgen 0:25, 135 - Markus Mehr, AP, pinned Jake Nienaber 1:38, 140 - Nam Nguyen, AP, pinned Anthony Hubbard 1:38, 145 - Grant Nehring, AP, pinned Landon Anderson 0;54, 152 - Isak Hurlen, Alex, pinned Nick Evans 3:10, 160 - Cole Ellison, Alex, tech fall Gabe Lindberg 4:00, 171 - Austin Swenson, AP, pinned Jake DeLaRosby 0:58, 189 - Andy Bouressa, Alex, pinned Jerad Medford 0:50, 215 - Dillon Schauff, Alex, pinned Austin Rice 3:00, 285 - Ross Carlson, Alex, pinned Jack Christenson 0:50.

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