The G-E-T/Mel-Min Titan wrestling team opened its season with three dual meet wins in a quad event hosted by the Arcadia Raiders last Friday.
The first match would pit the Titans against Arcadia, where the Titans would come away with a 66-6 victory.
Two forfeits in the first three matches and a :36 pin by Sam Jansen opened up an 18-0 lead for the Titans. The team then ran the table with seven pins and two decisions. The night’s quickest pin was collected by Jaden Anderson, who needed just :28 to dispatch his opponent in the 152-pound weight.
The closest matches of the meet came courtesy of the Titan’s Jack Marley (120) and Julian Purney (126), who wrestled the Raider’s veterans, Tanner and Tyler Klar.
Marley picked up his 100th career win with a 5-0 shutout while Purney also blanked his opponent 6-0.
“Jack (Marley) reaching the 100-win mark was a highlight for the evening because no Titan wrestler has ever reached the century mark so early in his final season,” coach Ernie Brodsky said. “Also noteworthy were the three newest additions to the varsity lineup: Sam Johnson, Hunter Anderson and Trevor Daffinson. All wrestled aggressively and with confidence.”
The Titans would next face off against Holmen’s junior varsity team coming away with a 48-15 win.
Jansen’s 3-1 overtime win at 220 and Josh Marciulionis’s :32 pin at 285 put the Titans in front for the duration of the dual.
Although the Vikings picked up an 8-7 decision at 106, forfeits to Purney and Marley along with a pin by Sam Johnson put the match out of reach for the young Holmen squad.
Jaden Anderson (152) and Daffinson (195) contributed to the Titan cause with pins, and Will Anderson added a 4-3 decision at 160.
In the final dual of the night, the Titans would get another win against Eau Claire Memorial with a 61-16 score.
Although the match was sprinkled with forfeits, the Titans won eight of the ten matches wrestled.
Purney (126), Jaden Anderson (152), Landon Lockington (182), Daffinson (195), Jansen (220) and Marciulionis (285) won by pin. Johnson (132) and Jacob Summers (138) won by major decisions, 12-5 and 9-0 respectively.