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Wrestlers Win Nailbiter Over Msoe
Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2004
EAU CLAIRE - The UW-Eau Claire wrestling team opened a 16-3 lead and held on for a 22-19 victory over the Milwaukee School of Engineering here today at the McPhee Physical Education Center.
The Blugolds improve to 2-5 on the season in dual meets while the Raiders fall to 1-5 overall in dual meets.
Derek Sikora (Jr.-Neillsville) and Lance Valiquette (Fr.-Eau Claire/Auburn) began competition with back-to-back wins to give Eau Claire a quick 9-0 lead. Sikora topped MSOE's Jerry Blahut with an 18-5 decision at 165 pounds before Valiquette pinned Matt Letto in 4:16.
Joe Fields put MSOE on the board with a win at 184 pounds but Josh Holforty (Fr.-Bloomington, MN/Kennedy) topped Tyler Knutson 14-4 to give the Blugolds a 13-3 lead. Next up was Larry Moen (Sr.-Madison/East), who earned a 4-2 victory over Bill Frank in the heavyweight division.
Shane Brady (Fr.-Chetek) earned a 4-3 victory at 133 pounds and Dave Vanevenhoven (Jr.-Kaukauna) took an 8-3 victory at 149 pounds to secure the Eau Claire win.
The Blugolds will take nearly a month off for the holiday break and return to action January 7, when they head to Mt. Vernon, Iowa, for the Cornell Invitational at 7:00 p.m.
Eau Claire 22, MSOE 19
165: Derek Sikora (EC) def. Jerry Blahut (MSOE) 18-5. (4-0)
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