Wrestling: Heavyweight pin ties score but Elks lose to Andover on criteria

Elk wrestlers and coaches were excited as heavyweight Christian Tobin got close to his third-period pin against Andover. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Christian Tobin’s pin at heavyweight gave Elk River a chance to beat Andover on Tuesday evening, tying the score at 39, but the Huskies wound up winning on the sixth tie-breaking criteria 40-39.

“It’s tough to lose one like that,” said Elk coach Paul Nelson, after his team’s home and conference opener.

Tobin, a 210-pound junior heavyweight, took the  mat with his team down 39-33. He wore out an opponent 70 pounds heavier, Luke Harmon, winning dramatically in the third period as he hoisted Harmon to shoulder level with a double-leg, dropped him to the mat and got the pin 15 seconds later at 5:14.

Christian Tobin yelped for joy after his pin of Luke Harmon tied the score 39-39. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“Christian had to gut that one out,” said Nelson. “He is a tough kid and he did a great job. In the third period, that kid was gassed.”

Coaches and officials huddled for several minutes at the scorer table, going over criteria one by one. Team conduct penalties? None. Wins? Seven each. Six-point wins? Six apiece. Technical falls? None. Major decisions? None.

Finally, on criteria No. 6, which team scored first the most times, Andover got the nod, six to five. There are 14 criteria in all, by the way.

The Elks benefitted from three forfeits that gave them 18 points. They had three pins, by Cole Moening, Evan Caldon and Tobin, and a decision by Kyle Ziemer.

Kyle Ziemer of the Elks controlled Andover’s Matt McLaughlin on the way to an 8-2 win at 132 pounds. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Elk River was missing three starters, too, due to injury or illness.

The Elks will host Armstrong on Friday.

Andover 40, Elk River 39

106: Garrett Caldon, ER, won forfeit
113: Gibson Board, And, pin Ben Gibas 3:40
120: Cole Moening, ER, pin Drew Davis 1:10
126: Connor Schlotfeltd, And, dec Andrew Perry 11-9 OT
132: Kyle Ziemer, ER, dec Matt McGlaughlin 8-2
138: Evan Caldon, ER,  pin Hunter Wathen 3:24
145: James Green, And, pin Adam Peterson 3:36
152: Allan Jenson, And, pin Colin Murphy 1:32
160: John Reynolds, And, pin Ryan Osberg 2:28
170: Zac Steckman, And, pin Hans Rohlf 2:19
182: Corey Parson, And,  pin Michael Young 1:37
195: Jacob Brown, ER,  won forfeit
220: Alexander Schmitz, ER, won forfeit
285: Christian Tobin, ER, def Luke Harmon 5:14