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MEQUON, Wis. - James Parker (Jr.-Milwaukee, Wis.) and Matthew Weber (So.-Lockport, Ill.) both won a pair of matches to the lead the Lakeland College wrestling team at the Concordia University Wisconsin Duals on Saturday.
The Muskies finished with a 1-1 record on the day, opening with a 34-7 loss to nationally ranked St. John's (Minn.) University. Lakeland bounced back for a resounding 36-10 win over the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to improve to 3-2 in dual meets this year.
Parker and Weber accounted for Lakeland's two wins against St. John's, which came in ranked 22nd nationally in the NCAA Division III top 25 coaches' poll. Parker won an 8-1 decision over Tyler Isaacson at 141 lbs., and Weber won a 14-5 major decision over Ryan Arne at 157 lbs. The two also scored wins against UW-Eau Claire, with Parker stepping up a class and winning 6-1 over Steve Fisher at 149 lbs. and Weber also moving up and defeating Matt Koch on a technical fall by an 18-1 score at 165 lbs.
The Muskies won seven of 10 matches against UW-Eau Claire, including forfeit wins by Eduardo Orihuela (So.-Menominee, Mich.) at 133 lbs. and by Andy Crivellone (So.-Oak Lawn, Ill.) at 285 lbs. Lakeland also picked up a pair of pins as Grant Franson (Jr.-Lindenhurst, Ill.) defeated Zach Sirny in 3:57 at 125 lbs., while Jeremy Kroeger (So.-Villa Park, Ill.) pinned Luke Ortscheid in 2:50 at 197 lbs.
The Muskies also picked up a win at 174 lbs. as Wesley Colton (Fr.-Machesney Park, Ill.) won a 9-1 major decision over Jacob Hoffstatter.
Several exhibition matches also were contested as part of the day's events. Joel Frias (Sr.-Oak Lawn, Ill.) picked up a win at 149 lbs. with a 9-1 major decision over Allen Fenner of Concordia Wisconsin, while Andrew Wagner (So.-West Bend, Wis.) recorded a pair of pins at 285 lbs., including a win in 1:57 over Keith McLeod of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and another in 2:51 over Ryan Cook of Concordia Wisconsin.
Lakeland will be in action again next weekend when it travels to Mount Vernon, Iowa, for the Cornell College Invitational.