WRESTLING: Warriors Solid in win over Sartell
Matt Solid didn't have to wait long for his match.
The senior 130-pounder waited while the first three Brainerd Warriors, including his brother Dillon, scored quick pins Thursday night at Brainerd High School.
By the time the older Solid reached the mat to wrestle Sartell's Garret Counter, Brainerd already led 22-0. They led 28-0 after Solid's pin, helping the Warriors breeze to a 55-15 Central Lakes Conference victory.
"It helps a lot to see those young guys give forth their best effort and do what they had to do," said Matt Solid. "It motivates a guy to get out and do as best as you can.
"The last couple of weeks I haven't been shooting my shots right. I've been working on it in the room and I got out there and I got a couple of good takedowns and I put him on his back."
Solid built a 7-1 lead before planting Counter's shoulders at 2:21.
Bryton Mutz, Tommy Schlosser and Dillon Solid all recorded pins and Dan Babineau managed an 11-3 major decision before Matt Solid's match. Brainerd also got pins from Tyler Kohlmeier and freshman Sam Adams, who was wrestling in his first varsity match.
"It's nice to get started the way we did," said Warrior co-head coach Mike Boran. "We knew they were young and inexperienced and we knew there were some weights that we were probably going to take it to them at a couple of weights, but we also had some kids wrestle well.
"Dillon Solid, I think that was his first win, and he went out after the guy and got a nice win. Sam Adams, in his first varsity match, got a pin tonight."
Brainerd allowed just six escape points and one penalty point through the first seven matches. Three of those escapes were given by Dan Babineau, who was working toward a major or a technical fall.
"We told the kids that this is a team that we should beat, but we told them that we wanted to look good doing it," said Boran. "We don't want to get out there and wrestle to somebody else's level. We had a good practice (Wednesday) and a little roll around right before the match just to get ourselves sharp and make sure we were ready to go."
Luke Boran earned a technical fall, Jace Engelmann a major decision and Shane White and Jessen Franzen decisions for the Warriors, who improve to 3-0 overall and in the conference.
Senior Mack Glasby didn't wrestle due to injury.
"We looked forward to this match coming in," said Matt Solid. "We knew we had a matchup advantage over Sartell and we knew we were going to get some big wins. But to get that many it just shows how hard we work in the (practice) room.
"This is a big boost. This is a really big boost. We're ready to go."
Brainerd 55, Sartell 15
103: Bryton Mutz (Brd) pinned Drew Bienusa 1:58
112: Tommy Schlosser (Brd) pinned Dylan Vance :24
119: Dillon Solid (Brd) pinned Jon Pelach 3:57
125: Dan Babineau (Brd) maj. dec. Zachary Motschke 11-3
130: Matt Solid (Brd) pinned Garret Counter 2:21
135: Luke Boran (Brd) tech. fall Tucker Isaacson 4:00
140: Shane White (Brd) dec. Zachary Pederson 6-2
145: Josh Halicke (Sar) tech. fall Josh Anderson 4:00
152: Jessen Franzen (Brd) dec. Daniel Vitale 3-2
160: Jace Engelmann (Brd) maj. dec. Jed Anderson 12-0
171: Tyler Kohlmeier (Brd) pinned Brent Lewis 2:38
189: Brady Goebel (Sar) maj. dec. Zach Shepersky 12-2
215: Sam Adams (Brd) pinned BranDan Larsen-Miller 3:28
Hwt: Tyler Tabatt (Sar) pinned James Weiss 5:01
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