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The Lakeland Muskies wrestling squad improved to 5-4 overall with a 21-15 decision over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Saturday evening. The Muskies started the dual with a forfeit victory for freshman David Copp, but quickly found themselves down 15-6 as they lost their next four matches.
Freshman Cody Klopp wrestling at the 165 weight class was able to get his first victory this season with a 5-4 decision. That match would give the Muskies much needed momentum as they ended up winning five straight matches for the victory.
"It was pretty exciting," said head coach Pete Rogers. "We lost a lot of tight matches at the beginning and I was getting a little nervous. However, Cody Klopp came through with a big victory over a tough wrestler, earning his first victory this season, and from there we just started rolling."
Lakeland received victories from the following wrestlers: Copp (125) forfeit; sophomore Calvin O'Neal (174) 8-3; Klopp (165) 5-4; sophomore Paul Hartt (184) 8-3; senior Lee Sparks (197) 6-4; junior Mark Vanden Hoogen (hwt) 7-5.
The Muskies will next wrestle in the Desert Duals in Las Vegas, Nev., starting on Dec. 19.