HVLshowdown goes to Kenyon-Wanamingo
Unbeaten Knights defeat K-M
KASSON — Kenyon-Wanamingo’s winning streak continues in wrestling.
K-W improved to 11-0 on the season, and 4-0 in the Hiawatha Valley League, with a 39-21 victory over conference rival Kasson-Mantorville on Thursday. K-W and the KoMets are considered two of the top teams in the HVL.
"We were missing a couple guys at the top of our lineup and they were missing some guys in the middle of their lineup," Kenyon-Wanamingo coach Matt Ryan said. "We were very happy to get a win against a quality team tonight."
K-W pulled out some key victories at the lower weights to set the stage for the victory. But a narrow loss at 112 pounds was also important, Ryan said. At 112 Kasson-Mantorville’s Garrett Garness posted an 8-3 decision over Oakley McLain.
"To keep that match a decision against a tough kid was good for us," Ryan said.
K-W has four Lexvold brothers and all four won on Thursday. Chad Lexvold had a narrow 1-0 win over Donovan Sullivan at 119 while Drew Lexvold (125) and Nathan Lexvold (145) followed with pins a short time later.
"Drew got a big pin for us," Ryan said. The coach said Adam Langer, at 152, also had an important win for K-W. The Knights finished with four pins in the match.
"The four pins we key for us," Ryan said.
Kenyon-Wanamingo is now off until it competes in The Clash tournament in Rochester on Jan. 4-5.
High school wrestling, D4