Trojan wrestlers fall to East; prepare for individual competition this weekend

The New Prague Trojan wrestling team lost in the quarterfinals of the Section 2AA team meet Saturday at Fairmont.

No. 5-seed Mankato East scored a pin at 275 pounds to take a 35-30 win over the No. 4-seed Trojans.

Scott West, the No. 1-ranked team in the state, defeated East in the semifinals and went on to win the Section title.

New Prague will turn its attention to the Section 2AA individual meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Blue Earth. New Prague will have several wrestlers who will get high seeds, led by 119-pounder Travis Rutt, who has a 35-1 record. Other top wrestlers for the Trojans are 152-pounder Eric Olson (32-4), 112-pounder Mike Minette (31-4), 215-pounder Jake Schoenecker (30-5) and 140-pounder Justin Turek (21-4). All but Schoenecker have qualified for a state tournament during their high school career.

Turek scored a pin in 1:48 in his match against Don Thomas of East. The win was the 151st of his career, tying the school record set by Allan Huigens. He hopes to break the record this weekend.

Cougars 35, Trojans 30

East started with a decision at 103 pounds, but the Trojans came back with three straight wins, with Minette scoring a 10-7 decision at 112 pounds over Cody Adams to get things going. Adams entered the match with a 34-0 record. Rutt scored a pin and Shane Nelson a decision to give the Trojans a 12-3 lead.

East scored a pin and a decision to tie the match at 12-12. Then Turek's pin made it 18-12 Trojans.

The teams traded pins, with Olson scoring six against Rock King at 152 pounds, in 1:11. That made the score 24-18 Trojans.

East got a technical fall to cut the lead to one at 24-23. Caleb Lines scored a decision to make it 27-23 Trojans.

East got a pin at 189, giving them a 29-27 lead. Jake Schoenecker scored a decision at 215, to take a 30-29 lead, but the Cougars won the final match by pin to take the win.

Mankato East 35, New Prague 30

103: Schumacher (ME) dec. E. Pendergast 8-4; 112: Minette (NP) dec. Adams 10-7; 119: Rutt (NP) pinned Sheppard 1:04; 125: Nelson (NP) dec. Davis 5-3; 130: Carriveau (ME) pinned Becker ; 135: Slaughter (ME) dec. Shetka (NP) 8-3; 140: Turek (NP) pinned Thomas 1:48; 145: Moret (ME) pinned Co. Lines 3:05; 152: E. Olson (NP) pinned Rock King 1:11; 160: Uddley (ME) tech. fall Graham (score) 171: Ca. Lines (NP) dec. Faugstad 6-0; 189: Benzkofer (ME) pinned Arens 5:56; 215: Schoenecker (NP) dec. Jean (ME) 9-3; 275: Hughes (ME) pinned Shipman (time)

Trojans 51, Tigers 22

New Prague scored a 51-22 win over Farmington Tuesday, Feb. 8, in a makeup match. No individual results were available.

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