DL wrestlers go 1-1 in home triangular

Sam Herder
Devils Lake's Luke Knowski pinned May-Port CG's Dane Leland at 170 pounds in 26 seconds Tuesday. The Firebirds won the duel 48-15 before losing to Grand Forks Red River 43-24. DL had four pins in the triangular.

By Sam Herder

Journal Sports

The Devils Lake wrestling team split a home triangular Tuesday, defeating May-Port CG 48-15 and losing to Grand Forks Red River 43-24.

The triangular saw its share of forfeits, but all four of DL’s wins on the mat came via fall.

“That’s great for us,” Firebirds head coach Todd Lambrecht said. “I said this awhile ago is that our main focus is finishing out six minutes. A lot of our guys are doing that now.”

Against May-Port CG, Luke Knowski got things started for the Firebirds at 170 pounds with a pin in 26 seconds against Dane Leland to give DL a 12-6 lead.

The Firebirds took three opens in the lower weight classes and went up 30-9.

Parker Vilandre got the dual back into action with a pin over Konner Elliott at 132 pounds.

The Patriots responded with a pin at 138 pounds, but Devils Lake held on for the 48-15 win.

Grand Forks Red River got off to a quick 18-0 lead with a pin at 160 pounds followed by two forfeits.

George DeMarce got the Firebirds on the board at 195 pounds by fall over Zach Hettwer at two minutes, 44 seconds.

DL picked up a couple forfeits at 120 pounds and 132 pounds.

Red River, meanwhile, took a 43-18 lead into the final match, but Jace Estenson ended it on a positive note. He pinned Jonah Mostler in a little more than a minute at 152 pounds.

“We didn’t wrestle too bad,” Lambrecht said. “Red River has some good kids. But we were a bit more active on our feet. One thing I really like right now is they’re relentless. They’re going to go after you. They may not do everything right, but they’re going to go after you and I love that about them.”

The Firebirds have one more triangular in West Fargo on Friday before the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament next weekend.

“We’re pretty close to where we need to be,” Lambrecht said. “We’re getting late enough in the game where we just have to fine-tune some stuff. I think by next weekend when EDC comes around we should be rolling. We’re going to get some guys to qualify. The EDC is tough, so it’ll be fun to watch.”