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Wrestling: Forfeited weights the difference at Shakopee dual

Forfeited matches at 171 and 189 pounds once again cost the Farmington wrestling team a team victory Friday night in Shakopee, but coach Jon Lund continued to be pleased with the effort put forth by both his veteran and first-year grapplers.

Farmington won seven of the 12 matches wrestled in a 39-31 Missota Conference setback.

"We were once again very close to coming away with a dual win even with forfeiting two weight classes.... I was especially proud of our pace in many of the matches. We had dominating performances in five of our seven wins where we broke our opponents," Lund said. "We had been talking all week about upping our intensity, pace and hustle in every single weight, and for the most part we showed that."

The Tigers opened with a 2-1 decision by first-year wrestler Braydon Chapman at 103 pounds. After losses at 112 and 119, Seth Franklin put another win on the board with a 13-4 major decision at 125 pounds.

The Tigers lost the next two weights, but came back with a stretch of four straight victories to take the lead. Carl Elmer got things started with a 14-7 decision at 140 pounds, then Will Pauling, Joe Hoeve and Eric Adrian followed with three straight pins.

Shakopee ended the streak with a pair of forfeit wins before Nick Albano earned a 5-3 decision at 215 pounds.

"We still may not have numbers to fill a lineup, but as a whole, this group has the most heart and willingness to compete that I've seen at Farmington," Lund said. "That includes the group of first-year wrestlers in the room. We will continue to improve."

The Tigers compete again tonight when Hutchinson comes to Farmington High School for a 7 p.m. dual.