COLUMBUS — Thursday’s wrestling dual between Lakeview and Twin River was over almost as soon as it started.
The Vikings won the first four contested matches by pin on their way to a dominant 62-18 win at Lakeview High School.
“We had a couple tight matches with these guys last Friday,” Lakeview head coach Jeff Bargen said. “We knew Twin River was bringing a strong lineup and we knew we had to bring our A game. I was really excited we got off to a good start.”
Bargen had his eye on two particular weight classes — 113 and 160 pounds — coming into the dual.
At Friday’s Lakeview Invite, Kevin Dominguez won the 113-pound title in a tiebreaker against Twin River’s Nathan Held. On Thursday, Dominguez fell behind early, then rallied to score a pin with 32 seconds left in the match to give the Vikings an 18-0 lead.
Lakeview was never threatened after that.
"That seemed to propel us into a domino effect. Once you get that momentum in a dual, the whole team just feeds off that,” Bargen said. “They see their buddy go out there and get that pin and the crowd gets into it, they want that, too. I got to give it to our crowd, the place was key.”
At 160 pounds, Jacob Frenzen avenged a loss to the Titans’ Jayden Schroder at the Lakeview Invite, scoring a 4-0 decision.
The dual started with Lakeview's Cody Thompson winning by forfeit at 285 pounds and 106-pounder Lucien Engel pinning Twin River’s Trent Ashley in 17 seconds.
Dominguez’s pin ignited the crowd and the rout was on. Logan Jaixen (120) and Gage Perry (126) both won by pin, also.
Joel Lemburg was the first Lakeview wrestler to not win by pin, but still defeated Kyle Kemper in a first-round technical fall, 23-8, that made the score 35-0.
“When you get out to a big lead and the other team sees that on the scoreboard, it’s hard for them to believe they can come back,” Bargen said.
After a couple of Twin River forfeits, Zeth Gerkensmeyer scored the Vikings’ sixth pin of the dual, a second-round triumph over Trey Fehringer.
Brook Behlen had the final pin, and Lakeview points, of the night at 170 pounds, winning 1 minute, 10 seconds into the second round.
Twin River’s points came on two forfeit wins, Jack Reeg at 182 pounds and Preston Rice at 195 pounds, and Tucker Alexander’s pin of Austin Rollman 1:29 into the second round.
Although the score was lopsided, Bargen knows the Titans have a better squad than that. If the 113- and 160-pound matches go Twin River’s way, it’s a much closer match.
“They got a nice squad,” Bargen said. “I got a lot of respect for coach (Josh) Majerus. They’re doing good things over there. They’re getting better and better.”
The Vikings now turn their attention to Saturday’s North Bend Invitational, where they hope to continue their strong start to the season.
“We’ve got off to a hot start, but we can’t buy into everyone that’s telling us how good we are,” Bargen said. “We have to stay hungry. These guys have goals that are up there pretty high so we have to keep working to improve. We’re definitely not a finished product.”