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In a home triangular, Lone Tree wrestling dropped duals against conference foes New London and WACO.
First up was Lone Tree against New London. In the five matches wrestled, New London won four to take the dual 57-24. The lone win for the Lions was a Trey Shalla pin in the first period.
New London’s Samuel Loyd got his 150th victory in a forfeit at 126 pounds.
Lone Tree had wrestled WACO just prior to the break, winning 30-27. With some weights shifted around and key victories for WACO the tide was turned with Lone Tree dropping the dual 40-24. Lone Tree coach Steve Farrell said the loss stings, but that it will continue to motivate the team to grow.
“I thought I had the guys prepared but we just have to get back to the basics,” Farrell said.
The dual started out with WACO heavyweight Cody Crawford, a state meet placewinner in 2017, pinning Shalla quickly in the first period. Lone Tree then got forfeit wins from Bryce Thompson and Aaron Slaughter. Giving Lone Tree a 12-6 lead.
Jaden Collins pinned Ryan Kirkpatrick in 1:43 in the 120-pound match to tie things at 12 before a double-forfeit at 126 pounds. Jaden Williams got a 57-second pin over Ty Griffin to give WACO the lead at 18-12.
WACO then won three straight forfeits at 138, 145 and 152 pounds to go up 36-12. Lone Tree’s Will Hotz got a forfeit win at 160 pounds and Tim Mills pinned Chancey Miller in the third period of the 182-pound match.
Mills said losing his match during the New London dual really motivated him to get the pin during the WACO dual.
“The loss in the first dual had me fired up, I was going hard and was ready to get after it,” Mills said. “I think that kid, he’s a freshman but I’m a first year wrestler, has the potential to beat me but I outworked him.”
Mills started the match off strong, taking a 7-0 lead after the first period with a takedown and turning Miller to his back twice for a three-point and a two-point near fall in the period. The second period featured a reversal from Mills to grow the lead to 9-0.
It only took 36 seconds of the third period for Mills to take down Miller, get him to his back and pin him.
“I knew he was getting tired, he had his hands on his knees. I had him out-conditioned and just needed to go after him,” Mills said.
That win put Lone Tree back in the vicinity with a score of 36-24, but New London was able to win a 13-0 major decision at 195-pounds over Chris Reichert and a double-forfeit at 220 pounds finished out the match.
Speaking overall about the dual, Mills called the loss to WACO a “gut punch” and something that the Lions will take with them as they continue to improve in the practice room.
New London: 57
Lone Tree: 24
Lone Tree: 24
Slaughter takes first
Aaron Slaughter won the 120-pound title at the Van Buren tournament last Saturday, with a huge overtime victory to take first place.
Slaughter pinned Adam Smith in his first round match during the third period, won a 3-2 decision over Trent Terrell in the semi-finals before winning a 4-2 overtime match in the finals against Jalen Collins from WACO.
Bryce Thompson placed second in the 106-pound division, Tim Mills placed sixth at 182 pounds, and Trey Shalla placed fifth at heavyweight.