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 email@example.com