ABERDEEN-The Mitchell High School wrestling team finished its December schedule on a high note, improving to 3-0 in dual meets by defeating Aberdeen Central, 40-29.

Once again the Kernels picked up a win without Carson Max in the lineup, as he continues to nurse an injury. The middle of the lineup picked up the slack, building an unbeatable 36-14 lead with six consecutive wins.

"We have a bunch of kids that are buying in and a bunch of kids that are willing to do what we ask of them," MHS head coach Travis Carpenter said. "That's not always what they feel is best for them, but they're willing to do what's best for the team. That's a heck of a lot of fun if I ask them to do something and they say, 'Absolutely, I'll go do it.' "

The Kernels' run was highlighted by three pins. Ryan McGinnis (132) pinned Calvin Beadle in 4:38, Cole Gehrke (152) took down Braydon Steuck in 3:49 and Joe VanOverschelde (170) did the same to Samuel Calvert in 1:59.

In between the pins, Sutton Carpenter (145) won by a 16-1 technical fall in 4:34 and Tucker Vilhauer (160) defeated Garrett Mitzel by a 9-1 major decision. Logan Sparks also won a 5-0 decision over Logan Beadle at 138 pounds.

Aberdeen Central won three of the last four matches, but Carter Max provided Mitchell with its final win at 220 pounds. He defeated Alex Hopfinger in a 12-3 major decision.

"When we got to 132, our kids did a good job from there of doing what we asked them to do," Travis Carpenter said. "Get bonus points, go get majors, go get tech falls, go get pins and we built an insurmountable lead and turned out be a really good nice for us."

The Kernels wrestle in the Clash Invitational on Jan. 4-5 at the Rochester Regional Sports Center.

Mitchell 40, Aberdeen Central 29

106: Brenden Salfrank (ABCE) over Brock Sparks (MITC) (TF 17-0 5:42) 113: Brandon Sparks (MITC) over Drew Salfrank (ABCE) (Fall 0:35) 120: Brock Martin (ABCE) over Bryce Palmer (MITC) (Dec 4-1) 126: Jacob Moore (ABCE) over (MITC) (For.) 132: Ryan McGinnis (MITC) over Calvin Beadle (ABCE) (Fall 4:38) 138: Logan Sparks (MITC) over Logan Beadle (ABCE) (Dec 5-0) 145: Sutton Carpenter (MITC) over Dylan Schaunaman (ABCE) (TF 16-1 4:34) 152: Cole Gehrke (MITC) over Braydon Steuck (ABCE) (Fall 3:49) 160: Tucker Vilhauer (MITC) over Garrett Mitzel (ABCE) (MD 9-1) 170: Joe VanOverschelde (MITC) over Samuel Calvert (ABCE) (Fall 1:59) 182: Will Jarrott (ABCE) over Blake Fredericks (MITC) (Fall 1:36) 195: Brock Baker (ABCE) over Max Schoenfelder (MITC) (Fall 2:22) 220: Carter Max (MITC) over Alex Hopfinger (ABCE) (MD 12-3) 285: Kaden Johnson (ABCE) over Beau Foote (MITC) (Dec 5-4)