Wrestling: Elks top Blaine 39-22, Stevens injured

by Bruce Strand, Sports edit0r

The Elk River wrestlers won another match but lost another senior leader on Thursday evening.

The Elks rolled 39-22 over the Blaine Bengals in Blaine, improving to 5-1 in the Northwest Suburban.

Austin Stevens was leading his 160-pound match 9-4 and riding his man when somehow his ankle got painfully stuck underneath his opponent, said coach Paul Nelson. At that point the Bengal wrestler turned Stevens and pinned him.

“That’s a big step back for us,” said Nelson. “Austin will  have it looked at tomorrow (Friday) but he was on crutches tonight.”

The Elks are already missing top wrestler Holton Lubinski for a rules violation until the lat match of the regular season.

With those two not available, ERHS on Friday evening will host St. Michael-Albertville, the No. 2 ranked team in Class 3A.

The Elks led 18-0 after Zang Vang, Yong Yee Vang, and Evan Caldon won decisions, Jake Staffenhagen pinned his guy and Austin Halloren won a decision.

Also winning for the Elks were Eric Stevens, Jory Lubinski and Kyle Wiemann, all by pin, and Corey Collins, a 15-5 major decision.

John Reiter got pinned, while Mitch Beaudry lost 9-2, Abe Williams lost 14-11, and Ryan Osberg lost a major decision.

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