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to 24-6. Queen Anne’s Trys­ten La’Brier then dom­i­nated Daw­son Betts in the 132-pound clash with Betts pro­vid­ing a com­mend­able ef­fort to avoid a pin. La’Brier picked up a tech­ni­cal fall, 16-0, in 5:18.

Queen Anne’s Colin Jens fol­lowed with a 10-6 de­ci­sion over Tre’Quan Prat­tis in one of the evening’s best bouts. Prat­tis came out the ag­gres­sor and used a lift to score a take­down, but Jens coun­tered with an es­cape and a take­down, and Prat­tis gained neu­tral for a 3-3 tie af­ter the first pe­riod. Jens worked an es­cape and got be­hind Prat­tis for a take­down for a 6-3 lead af­ter two pe­ri­ods. Later in the third, a take­down by Jens, a re­ver­sal by Prat­tis, and a re­ver­sal by Jens in a 20-sec­ond ex­change ended the scor­ing.

“At 126, he wres­tled 132, Trys­ten La’Brier and Colin Jens, that wres­tled 138, they took on two of their best kids and com­ing through with those wins, a tech fall and de­ci­sion, pretty back-and-forth matches, high-qual­ity kids, that re­ally helped us,” Stricker said. “Pretty much ev­ery­body from ‘45 all the way up up through ‘60, all those kids were bumped up one weight class, a lot of them com­ing through with wins. We’ve got some in­juries we’re try­ing to cover, and they went out wrestling up a weight class and did their job.”

Queen Anne’s Ja­cob Heinz ral­lied from a 7-5 deficit at the end of two pe­ri­ods in his 145-pound bout with Tyler Stew­art. Heinz scored eight unan­swered points in the fi­nal pe­riod with a re­ver­sal and six near-fall points.

Cullen Can­non briefly ended the Li­ons’ vic­tory streak with a dom­i­nat­ing 17-2 tech­ni­cal fall over Alex Kim­ble at 152.

The Li­ons won the fi­nal five bouts, four by pin­fall and a for­feit. Jamie Keat­ing (160) decked Dy­lan Cameron in 48 sec­onds. Pa­trick Kirby (170) pinned Ron­ald Rick­etts in 2:30. Af­ter a Vik­ings for­feit at 182, Bryan Nealon (195) floored Ja’Yon Wongus in 2:57, and Mitchell Sher­bert (220) downed Zachary Lewis in 1:00.

“They came here to play. Queen Anne’s showed up,” Mor­ris said. “We had guys ab­sent, on va­ca­tion. It’s not an ex­cuse but Queen Anne’s showed up, we didn’t, bot­tom line.”

“Our first year guys might not have won, but they per­formed as well as our veter­ans tonight,” Vik­ings as­sis­tant coach Scott Betts said. “And of course, Cullen Can­non tonight put on an­other dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance, as al­ways. We have a young team. Right now we have four veter­ans wrestling, five maybe.”

De­spite their early suc­cess, the Li­ons still have plenty to work on as the sea­son pro­gresses.

“We kind of took some sloppy shots. We still’ve got to work on our set­ups some and get­ting clean shots in,” Stricker said. “We were stand­ing up well to­day, but we just need a lot more hand con­trol from bot­tom be­cause we were get­ting up, we just weren’t get­ting away as quick as we need to. We weren’t catching the hands be­fore we were es­cap­ing.” Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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