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Mitchell wears down Huron to win home-opening dual

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Mitchell's Blake Fredericks battles for position with Huron's Kamaron Christensen during a 195-pound match on Thursday at Mitchell High School. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Andy Everson has preached wearing down opponents to rack up points late in matches.

His charges responded by recording four consecutive pins and six overall as Mitchell High School powered through Huron, 51-23, in its home-opening dual meet on Thursday.

The Tigers won the first match of the meet on a major decision, but 113-pounder Kaileb Hubbard registered a 28-second pin in the ensuing match to start a run of eight straight wins.

“We’ve been working on grinding guys -- keeping our weight on their hands and their shoulders to wear them out,” Everson said. “I feel like we did a real good job of that tonight. We were riding guys well, riding guys hard and we weren’t just sitting on the back of necks, holding on. We were working hard for back points, turns and pins.”

Brock Sparks earned an 8-6 decision over Huron’s Will Radke at 120 pounds, followed by back-to-back forfeits for the Tigers, setting up a big Mitchell pin streak.

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Kyler Bauder (138), Tyson Degen (152) and Quincey Young (160) all recorded first-round pins for the Kernels, while Tucker Vilhauer and Blake Fredericks wore down their opponents as instructed by Everson.

Vilhauer controlled most of his match with Lucas Hofer at 145, but could not come up with an early pin. Eventually, Vilhauer was finally able to put Hofer on his back and secure the pin at the 4:46 mark in the third period.

Fredericks had a similar match at 195, maintaining control of Kamaron Christensen for the majority of the first two rounds. As the clock ticked down in the second period, Fredericks cradled Christensen for the pin as the buzzer sounded.

“Our points will come, our pins will come in that late-second period,” Everson said. “If we can wear the guy down in the first and second periods, then in the third is where we can really get after it. We condition real hard to be in shape so that we’re in positions like that later in matches to be able to get those bonus points.”

Everson was quick to point to injuries that created holes in the Huron lineup, but Mitchell was also down senior Ryan McGinnis, who suffered an injury during practice.

Young stepped into his place for the first match of his varsity career and it didn’t last long. The sophomore pinned Cole Wolff in 1:06 to cap the eight-match run and put the Kernels up 45-6.

“He was ready to go,” Everson said. “He got after the guy immediately, didn’t waste any time and came away with the pin for us.”

Mitchell (4-2) returns to action in the Sioux Falls Washington invite at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

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