By Brenda Erdahl, Sports Editor
The Annandale-Maple Lake Wrestling Team traveled to Grove City on Friday, Feb. 2, to take on Pierz and Atwater, Cosmos, Grove City. Despite being shorthanded from the flu bug, the Lightning dropped two close duals.
Friday was the second time the Lightning have taken on the Pioneers this year. ANML came out on top that first showing, but hampered by three starters out with sickness, this time they fell 43-30.
The Lightning were down 25-0 after the first five weights against Pierz until Jack Klug picked up a big pin in a close match, according to coach Ben Youngs.
Hunter Manka received a forfeit over a Pioneer who was then bumped up to Adam Neuman, who won in overtime.
“It’s always a big lift to win an overtime match. When it’s so close, the tension is there, and the team always gets fired up with a win like that,” Youngs said.
The Lightning then lost the next three matches by pin before finishing with three straight wins at the end, including a narrow victory by Reed Rasset over one of the top Pioneer wrestlers.
The Lightning took on host ACGC in the second dual of the evening. The Lightning wrestled ACGC close. It was 33-30 going into the last match before ACGC picked up a pin to win 39-30.
“Despite the fact that the lower weights battled courageously, they were down 24-0 after the first five weights,” Youngs said.
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