Viking wrestlers tame Waukon and Sparta

Posted: Fri, Jan 4, 2019 9:43 AM
Brendan Lovstuen has his opponent in trouble at 152 pounds (Photos by decorahsports.com's Paul Scott)

After facing a number of top-ranked squads before Christmas, the Decorah Viking wrestling team is now facing squads with weaker records.  Decorah improved to 3-5 on the season Thursday night by defeating both Waukon and Sparta in a triangular meet at Decorah High School.

The Vikings dominated Waukon in the first meet, winning 57-18.  Decorah wrestlers took five out of seven contested weight classes by fall.  

After waiting for Waukon and Sparta to complete their meet, the Vikings faced Sparta and came away with a 37-30 victory. Decorah trailed Sparta early in their match, but came back, starting with victories by Brendan Lovstuen at 152 pounds and Mikel Fullhart at 160 pounds, but needed a victory by Austin Wilkins at 106 pounds to clinch the win.

"It was enjoyable to pick up two dual wins in front of the home crowd, especially the exciting one with Sparta," said head coach Jeff Freidhof.  He praised several of his wrestlers, saying, "Jacob Voigt started of the (Sparta) dual for us with a big fall.  Jackson Rolfs showed great team leadership wrestling up at 138 and working to a hard fought victory as well as Eli Mitchell finding a way to win his match at the end."

The Vikings will travel to Caledonia Friday night and Cresco Crestwood Saturday, then will face Crestwood a second time next Thursday in Charles City.

Decorah 57, Waukon 18
285 pounds: Daniel Schwartzhoff won by fall at 1:12
106 pounds: Austin Wilkins won by fall at 0:31
113 pounds: Jacob Voigt lost by fall at 1:32
120 pounds: Forfeit
126 pounds: Double Forfeit
132 pounds: Jackson Rolfs won by fall at 1:26
138 pounds: Mason Olsgard won a 4-1 decision
145 pounds: Forfeit
152 pounds: Brendan Lovstuen won by fall at 1:04
160 pounds: Mikel Fullhart won by fall at 0:52
170 pounds: Elijah Mitchell won by forfeit
182 pounds: Dawson Palmer won by forfeit
195 pounds: Andy Murphy won by forfeit
220 pounds: Caden Keck won by forfeit

Decorah 37, Sparta 30
113 pounds: Jacob Voigt won by fall at 0:35
120 pounds: Forfeit
126 pounds: Forfeit
132 pounds: Kyzer Engen lost by fall at 3:25
138 pounds: Jackson Rolfs won a 6-3 decision
145 pounds: Mason Olsgard won by forfeit
152 pounds: Brendan Lovstuen won an 8-3 decision
160 pounds: Mikel Fullhart lost a 5-2 decision
170 pounds: Elijah Mitchell won a 6-5 decision
182 pounds: Dawson Palmer won by fall at 3:53
195 pounds: Andy Murphy won an 8-0 major decision
220 pounds: Caden Keck lost by fall at 0:31
285 pounds: Daniel Schwartzhoff lost a 2-0 decision
106 pounds: Austin Wilkins won by fall at 0:36

Teammates cheer on Brendan Lovstuen (Click on photos for larger view)
Kyzer Engen wrestled at 132 pounds
Jacob Voigt at 113 pounds won by fall against a Sparta wrestler
Mikel Fullhart wrestled at 160 pounds