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Road to respect: Battle of ranked wrestlers goes both ways

 

Grant Lehmann (top) of Hampton-Dumont works for a pin over Nashua-Plainfield's Brandon Marks during Tuesday's wrestling quadrangular at Hampton. Lehmann went 3-0 earning three falls. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

 

HAMPTON – When the Predicament released its second wrestling rankings on Thursday, Dec. 19 just before Hampton-Dumont took on Humboldt in an NCC dual, some things were shaken up in the Wildcats’ 56-18 dual win.

The Bulldogs, who were ranked fourth in the pre-season with four wrestlers in the top 10, saw two of their wrestlers fall out and Humboldt overtake them for the fourth spot as H-D dropped out completely.

But there was some redemption as 170-pounder Grant Lehmann, who had been ranked fifth and fell out decisioned new No. 3 Nikko Wheeler 5-2 in a match that really wasn’t that close.

“In the pre-season rankings I was above him, so I had no reason to think I was going to be beat by him, but it was nice to get a big win,” Lehmann said. “He beat (Webster City’s Connor) Larson and (Algona’s Tyler) Frideres, who beat me, so it’s nice to get the win.”

For more on this story, see the Dec. 25 issue of the Hampton Chronicle.