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Come-from-behind wins send Mitchell past Chamberlain

Entering Friday's season-opening wrestling dual meet, Mitchell High School knew it needed some extra points in order to beat visiting Chamberlain. The Kernels were able to find some of those points in a pair of early matches after it appeared the...

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Mitchell senior Carter Max attempts to flip Chamberlain's Ruger Forester during a 220-pound match in a dual meet on Friday at Mitchell High School. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Entering Friday's season-opening wrestling dual meet, Mitchell High School knew it needed some extra points in order to beat visiting Chamberlain.

The Kernels were able to find some of those points in a pair of early matches after it appeared they may swing in favor of the Cubs. Brandon Sparks and Logan Sparks were able to secure comeback wins for Mitchell, setting up back-to-back pins heading into the heart of the lineup.

The Kernels earned pins in five of the last eight matches to move past Chamberlain for a 40-30 win.

"It's not exactly how I drew it up," Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said. "...We got the bonus points where we needed to. I knew they were going to pin us a few times and that we needed some bonus and the kids stepped up and did a good job."

After Brock Sparks opened the dual with a major decision over Chamberlain's Thomas Powell at 106 pounds, Brandon Sparks fell behind Trey Neilan, 3-0, in the 113-pound match, but stalling calls late in the match moved Sparks into a 5-3 lead that he was able to hang onto at the end.

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The Cubs were able to get back-to-back pins and another decision to take the lead, and Cody Skustad took a 3-0 lead on Logan Sparks at 138 pounds. Sparks, who lost to Skustad last season, was able to score five consecutive points to take a 5-3 lead until Skustad came back to tie it with a takedown. Sparks was able to snag three points at the end of the match to steal an 8-5 decision, along with the momentum.

"There were some swing matches in there. We knew there was going to be," Chamberlain head coach John Donovan said. "Everybody has to do their job. ... We matched up on the pins and we lost out in the end on the pins. We needed to pick up a couple of those bonus-point wins and win some of those tight matches and 113 and 138 were both big swing matches for us."

Sutton Carpenter (145) and Cole Gehrke (152) both followed Sparks with back-to-back pins to take back the lead. Two more Chamberlain wins flipped the lead once again, but Mitchell had three more seniors coming to the mat.

Max Schoenfelder earned a pin on Josiah Thompson with 14 seconds left in the second period in the 182-pound bout, followed by a 47-second pin by Carson Max at 195 pounds and Carter Max scored a pin 1:45 into his first career match in the 220-pound weight class to secure the win for the Kernels.

"When we hit Sparks, Carpenter and Gehrke, I told them we had to get falls there," Travis Carpenter said. "They're seniors, they've been around for a while, they're wrestling guys they know they can beat and they went out and did a great job for us. Those bonus points are huge."

Maximillian Donovan, Kordell Chmela and Nash Hutmacher each earned pins for Chamberlain.

Mitchell (1-0) is back in action today in the Watertown Invitational.

Mitchell 40, Chamberlain 30

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106: Brock Sparks (M) over Thomas Powell (C) (MD 11-2); 113: Brandon Sparks (M) over Trey Neilan (C) (Dec 5-3); 120: Maximillian Donovan (C) over Bryce Palmer (M) (Fall 1:46); 126: Collin Powell (C) over Trent Beintma (M) (Fall 2:00); 132: Gabe Skustad (C) over Ryan McGinnis (M) (Dec 5-2); 138: Logan Sparks (M) over Cody Skustad (C) (Dec 8-5); 145: Sutton Carpenter (M) over Garret Ristau (C) (Fall 3:15); 152: Cole Gehrke (M) over Buster Reis (C) (Fall 0:28); 160: Remington Rossow (C) over Joe VanOverschelde (M) (Dec 5-4); 170: Kordell Chmela (C) over Tate Ellwien (M) (Fall 1:21); 182: Max Schoenfelder (M) over Josiah Thompson (C) (Fall 3:46); 195: Carson Max (M) over Will Mahnke (C) (Fall 0:47); 220: Carter Max (M) over Ruger Forester (C) (Fall 1:45); 285: Nash Hutmacher (C) over Wyatt Winter (M) (Fall 1:26).

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