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Revenge results in Mustang Duals crown EM/GMG reverses its fortune against Union for title

January 28, 2011
Northern-Sun Print
LE GRAND - One month later and 21 points different, this outcome was much more to East Marshall/GMG’s liking.The East Marshall/GMG wrestling team capped a 4-0 day at the Mustang Duals with a 46-29 victory over La Porte City Union in the championship match.When the two teams met in the season opener, Union won 40-36 on Dec. 2.”Getting Union is a nice win for us, especially when they came and beat us in the beginning of the year,” said EM/GMG head coach Todd Hinegardner. “For us to come back and get a win like that just shows that the kids wrestled real well on the day.”The Mustangs (17-9) downed Washington 61-6 and South Tama 57-19 to advance as the champion of their bracket in the morning.EM/GMG advanced to the championship pairings and started there with a 41-31 triumph against West Branch to set up a rematch with Union.The Mustangs got a pin out of Cole Harre at 130 pounds in 3 minutes, 9 seconds against Garrick Powell in the second matchup against the Knights to start the ball rolling.EM/GMG shot out of the gate to a 31-5 lead with a pair of forfeits, pins by Blake Meling (145) and Harre, along with a major decision by Nate Dixon (140) and an impressive win by Jay Reisetter at 152 against Union’s Dylan McLaughlin, 1-0.Nate Judge at heavyweight got a takedown with 8 seconds left in the third period to tie the match and won by injury default to seal it for the Mustangs.”There were a lot of situations where the kids wrestled really well, espcially in a tournament like this,” Hinegardner said. “We had a team coming in undefeated with West Branch and MFL coming in with one loss. Union beat us before and with South Tama in there, you never know what going to happen.”Coming out of this tournament with a victory was a huge jump for us. With all the tough competition we’ve been wrestling all year I think this shows its paying off.”Justin Aman (112), Kyle Blocker (125/130), Meling, Reisetter, Ryan Valline (160/171) and Judge each had 4-0 days. Meling’s top win was a 5-2 decision over Rilen Carew of West Branch. Both wrestlers are ranked fourth in the state in the respective classes and weights. Reisetter and Judge led the way with three pins.Nate Dixon had a win over a ranked competitor as he overcame a third-period deficit to down West Branch’s Jake Slocum 7-6 at 140.South Tama had a 1-3 mark on the day. The Trojans defeated MFL Central 42-30 and were downed by the host Mustangs (57-19), Union (45-29) and West Branch (39-32).STC’s big guns - Tyler Walz (140) and Kyle Lux (160) - both were 4-0. Miguel Guzman (215/285) finished 3-1 with three pins.


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