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SPRINGFIELD — The Lakeview wrestling team got back to its winning ways Friday, although it wasn’t the type of dual head coach Jeff Bargen wanted to see after a 90-minute bus trip.

The Vikings benefited from six forfeits and picked up four pins in the 60-18 victory at Platteview. They’re now 4-0 in duals this season.

Platteview led 6-0 after Tate Patera pinned Lucas Thatcher late in the third period at 145 pounds, then the Trojans forfeited seven of the next eight matches, including a double forfeit at heavyweight with Lakeview’s Cody Thompson out with an illness.

“They didn’t put some of their young wrestlers against some of our more experienced ones,” said Bargen, who didn’t get a chance to put Zeth Gerkensmeyer (152 pounds), Jacob Frenzen (160), Brook Behlen (170), Austen Smith (182), Austin Rollman (220) and Lucien Engel (106) on the mat.

“Not exactly what you hope for when you come out to a dual,” Bargen added. “You hope for a few more contested matches, especially when some of your better guys are taking forfeits.”

Platteview won the first three contested matches by pin before Lakeview closed the dual with four consecutive pins, starting with Logan Jaixen’s victory over Blaise Kelly in just 42 seconds at 120 pounds.

“We kind of turned it on and wrestled really well from there,” Bargen said.

Gage Perry followed with a second-period pin of Garrett Johnson at 126 pounds, 132-pounder Joel Lemburg beat Dalton Moore in 56 seconds and Boston Barcel took down Ryon Meinders in the second period to close the dual at 138 pounds.

Platteview’s Chase Bauer pinned Brayden Kucera in 2 minutes, 43 seconds in Kucera’s first varsity action for Lakeview and Nick DeMonte beat Kevin Dominguez in 2:35 for the Trojans’ other win.

The Vikings are back on the mat Saturday at the Schuyler Invite.

“I’m excited to get after it there,” Bargen said.



Tyler Ellyson is editor of The Columbus Telegram.

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