Wrestling: Little Falls splits at St. Michael-Albertville tri

The schedule didn’t let up the following night as Little Falls split a pair of matches at Friday’s St. Michael-Albertville tri, falling 43-24 to the second-ranked Knights while defeating St. Francis 42-27.

St. Michael built up a 31-6 cushion by winning six out of the first seven matches, with Josh Beack pulling out a pin at 132.

Junior Axel Lange won 14-9 at 152 and senior Derek McMahan came out on top 7-6 at 160, followed by a pin from Tyler Gastecki to narrow the gap to 31-18.

St. Michael regrouped to take the next three bouts, though, before sophomore Dustin Tabatt produced a pin at 285 for the Flyers.

The Flyers once again rode the strength of their middle weights against St. Francis, opening up what was an 18-15 dual after 138 with a pair of pins and decisions to extend their lead to 36-15 en route to the win.

Logan Kapphahn, Josh Beack, Justin Jenks, Gastecki, senior Trysten Ross and eighth-grader Leo Wilczek produced pins for Little Falls, with Lange winning 9-7 and McMahan winning 6-4 in overtime.

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