They say the third time’s the charm and it was Tuesday night for the Spartans as they manhandled Lodi 41-14 to advance to their first state team tournament appearance since 2004.  The victory, Sparta’s first in three tries against Lodi, ends the Blue Devils streak of qualifying for the state team tournament at ten.  It was a sweet victory after two years of agonizing losses to Lodi.

Sparta won an incredible 10 of 14 matches against the Blue Devils.  Spartan 145-pounder Michael Murnane started off the night with a huge comeback victory. Down 6-1, Murnane rallied back to win 11-9 in overtime to win one of the dual’s tossup matches.  Toby Mosley followed Murnane’s lead with a pin for his 41st victory of the  year and Bob Ragan decided to get in on the action by pinning Lodi’s Jordan Worthing in 3:30.  After three matches, the Spartans were up 15-0 and they never looked back.  Lodi would close the gap to 15-11 after 195, but that was as close as the Blue Devils would get. Three straight victories by the Beeler brothers and Dylan Winchel cemented Sparta’s momentum and quieted the Lodi crowd.  At 113, John Joutras gave Lodi some hope with a 6-3 victory over John Roddick, but Brock Polhamus followed that with a 9-2 win followed by Tristan Zurfluh’s dual-clinching 9-0 victory at 126.

After Zurfluh, Sparta picked up another pin from Derek VonRuden, his 41st victory of the year, and a major decision win from Paul Vantassel to push the final score to 41-14 Spartans.  To be honest, I was thinking the score would be a lot closer, but this Spartan team wrestled one of their best duals in awhile.  Lodi is a perennial powerhouse in Wisconsin wrestling and earlier this year they defeated the second-ranked team in division one in Wausau West 37-34.  It was an awesome night to be a fan of Spartan wrestling.

Match-by-match results are below…

SPARTA 41  –  LODI 14
145  —  Michael Murnane defeats Logan Cable (Lodi) 11-9
152  —  Toby Mosley pins Cory Reinen (Lodi) 2:53
160  —  Bob Ragan pins Jordan Worthing (Lodi) 3:30
170  —  Bryce Ziegler (Lodi) defeats Greg Skon 8-6
182  —  Jessie Ziegler (Lodi) major decisions Kyle Burkhalter 19-6
195  —  Michael Watters (Lodi) major decisions Dan Dawley 17-4
220  —  Michael Beeler defeats Ben Steuck (Lodi) 4-3
285  —  Chris Beeler defeats Ryland Crow (Lodi) 7-0
106  —  Dylan Winchel defeats Jason Clapper (Lodi) 7-1
113  —  John Joutras (Lodi) defeats John Roddick 6-3
120  —  Brock Polhamus defeats Grant Robertson (Lodi) 9-2
126  —  Tristan Zurfluh major decisions Kyle Clapper (Lodi) 9-0
132  —  Derek VonRuden pins Adam Phillips (Lodi) 3:29
138  —   Paul Vantassel major decisions Caleb Latham (Lodi) 9-0

138  —  Paul Vantassel pinned Kollin Madsen (Evansville/Albany) 5:59
145  —  Michael Murnane pinned Ethan Rossmiller (Evansville/Albany) 2:56
152  —  Toby Mosley tech falled Luke Gunn (Evansville/Albany) 17-2
160  —  Bob Ragan pinned Aaron Campbell (Evansville/Albany) 3:15
170  —  Greg Skon defeated Evan Benedict (Evansville/Albany) 10-3
182  —  Alex Yoerger (Evansville/Albany) pinned Kyle Burkhalter 1:58
195  —  Dan Dawley pinned Ben Reed (Evansville/Albany) 5:43
220  —  Michael Beeler defeated Cody Meyer (Evansville/Albany) 9-3
285  —  Chris Beeler pinned Michael Henrich (Evansville/Albany) 1:34
106  —  Dylan Winchel won by forfeit
113  —  John Roddick tech falled Brandon Robinson (Evansville/Albany) 18-2
120  —  Brock Polhamus defeated Skyler Mullen (Evansville/Albany) 6-2
126  —  Tristan Zurfluh defeated Alex Lange (Evansville/Albany) 3-2
132  —  Derek VonRuden pinned Hayden Milz (Evansville/Albany) 5:49

With the two wins, the Spartans reached 20 dual victories in a season for the first time. The two wins pushes their record to 20-3 overall and gives them a birth in the division two state team semifinals, which will be wrestled the week after the individual state tournament at the Field House in Madison.  In the dual against Evansville/Albany, Toby Mosley and Derek VonRuden picked up their 40th wins of the year.  They each finished with 41 after the Lodi dual.  Mosley is the 12th and VonRuden the 13th wrestler in Spartan history to reach 40 wins in a season.  They join Dylan Winchel in the 40-win club on this year’s team.


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