Lightning feed off crowd in 35-31 win over highly-rated

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The Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team defeated highly-rated Wayzata 35-31 before an excellent crowd in Annandale on Thursday, Feb. 7. The Lightning had eight wins, three by pin fall. According to Lightning Head Coach Jason Bartels, “Wayzata is a really rough team and favored to go to state in their section.” ANML 35, Wayzata 31 Many Lightning wrestlers contributed to this big win, over a much bigger, highly rated school. Cullen Gallagher, wrestling at 106, won a decision 7-4.“Cullen was down early and for most of the match, but fought back well into the third period to pull off the victory,” Coach Bartels said. Tanner Vassar, wrestling at 113, won a decision 10-4. “He really wrestled well in his match and was really close to getting us extra team points, but his opponent was a very good wrestler,” Bartels said. Nick Anderson, wrestling at 132, won an 8-6 decision. “Nick looked really good out there, especially on his feet. It was a close match at the end, but Nick really dominated that match,” Bartels praised. DJ Cranston, wrestling at 145, won a major decision 16-3. “He looked like a beast out there. He really put on a takedown clinic on his feet. It was the best he looked all year,” Bartels said. Hunter Theil, wrestling at 152, pinned his opponent in 54 seconds. “Hunter got his match over very quickly with a pin in less than a minute,” Bartels said. Jordan Hanan, wrestling at 160, won a major decision 16-3. “Jordan absolutely dominated a state-ranked opponent, going up a weight class. The Wayzata coaches were very impressed with him,” Bartels said.
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