Until Austin Dunn’s pin at 125, which tied the dual at 19-19, Lakeshore looked across the mat at an inspired St. Joe Bears wrestling squad that shell shocked the Lancers by winning five of the first eight matches for a 19-13 lead. The Bears, behind two upsets of Lakeshore Honorable Mentions, were very much in control of momentum with a frenzied maize and blue section of supporters. The Rohl brothers, Case (160) and Zeke (215, 6th), and Race Bettich (112) were the only Lancers to find victories in the first eight matches. St. Joe’s Drake Collins upset Honorable Mention Erik Taylor late in the 171 pound match 1-0, and Nolan Wertanen topped Honorable Mention Cam Litaker in overtime of their 103 pound match providing the 15-9 lead. Jacob Halsey’s major decision over Lakeshore’s Kyle Stampfly increased St. Joe’s lead to 19-13 entering 125. The 119 tilt was the last victory for St. Joe on the night.
Austin Dunn pinned St. Joe’s Gabe Soler in the second period, and Lakeshore closed the match with six straight victories to halt a St. Joe upset. Shane Williams (135, #4) pinned Yazan Farnhan in 27 seconds, and Danny Vaughn (145) pinned Jagroop Singh in the closing seconds of the match to provide the distance.
Lakeshore returns home on Saturday, January 19th, for the annual Lakeshore Super Duals featuring a stacked field with Rockford and Cedar Springs coming to Stevensville to join Lakeshore and St. Joseph.
Match Results (Dual began at 160 pounds)
103: NOLAN WERTANEN (STJOE) over CAMERON LITAKER (SV-1 5-3)
112: RACE BETTICH over JACK SHERMAN (STJOE) (MD 9-0)
119: JACOB HALSEY (STJOE) over KYLE STAMPFLY (MD 11-3)
125: AUSTIN DUNN over GABRIEL SOLER (STJOE) (Fall 2:51)
130: MICAH HANAU over Isaac Meyer (STJOE) (Dec 8-2)
135: SHANE WILLIAMS over YAZAN FARHAN (STJOE) (Fall 0:27)
140: BROCK STREBECK over Karan Singh (STJOE) (TF 16-0 4:00)
145: DANIEL VAUGHN over Jagroop Singh (STJOE) (Fall 3:35)
152: JAMES Harris over MATTHEW MORRIS (STJOE) (Dec 7-2)
160: CASE ROHL over Justice Lifferth (STJOE) (Dec 10-4)
171: Drake Collins (STJOE) over ERIK TAYLOR (Dec 1-0)
189: Brent Huff (STJOE) over TAFARA RUKUNDA (Fall 1:47)
215: ZEKE ROHL over CAMERON HURSKIN (STJOE) (Fall 1:01)
285: Alex Taylor (STJOE) over RJ VELDMAN (Dec 12-7)