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Wrestlers take two of three at BOLD Quadrangular

It was the lone meet of the week for the Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie wrestling team, but it was a good one.
The Panthers traveled west to Olivia to compete in the BOLD Triangular on Friday, Feb. 2, and finished with two wins in three competitions on the evening.
GSL/LP defeated Eden Valley Watkins, 34-24, and BOLD, 40-36, before falling to Eden Prairie, 47-24, to give the Panthers three wins in their last six matchups.
GSL/LP took a 10-0 lead on EV-W via a forfeit win by Carter Ruschmeier at 106 pounds and a 14-4 major decision by Jace Cacka at 113 pounds. It would be the first of three wins on the night for the seventh-grade Cacka.
The Eagles rallied to lead 21-10, before five consecutive wins by forfeit put the Panthers ahead to stay at 40-21.
Brandon Holmers completed the team victory with a win by fall at 285 for a 46-24 final.
Cacka’s second triumph of the night, a win by fall at 106, got GSL/LP started off right against BOLD.
Ruschmeier followed that up with a 15-2 major decision at 113, with Sawyer Varpness’ win by fall at 120 giving the Panthers a 16-0 advantage.
The Warriors attempted to rally, but a string of four forfeit wins in seven matches clinched it for GSL/LP, which took a 40-12 lead after 170 en route to winning 40-36.
Cacka claimed his third victory in as many tries with an 8-6 win at 113 as the Panthers took on Eden Prairie.
As against BOLD, Varpness followed up his teammate’s win by pinning his opponent at 120 to give the Panthers a 9-3 lead on the big-school Eagles.
Unfortunately, the edge did not last. Eden Prairie won the next four matches to seize the lead for good at 23-9.
Keegan Lemke won by fall at 152 Aaron Castillo won 6-0 at 195 to help pull GSL/LP to within 11 points at 35-24 before the Eagles won the last two matches by forfeit and take the matchup 47-24.
It’s a two-competition week for the Panthers to close out the regular season.
On Thursday, GSL/LP heads to New Ulm to take on the host Eagles, as well as Fulda/Murray County Central.
The next night, the Panthers return home for a Senior Night matchup against Litchfield and Scott West on Friday night.
The visiting squads are slated to hit the mat at 5 p.m. with GSL/LP to grapple with both during the evening.
The Section 2AA team tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Feb. 15, where the Panthers will face a yet-to-be determined opponent in the opening round.