SPOKANE, Wash. -- Led by powerful lightweights, and some clutch performances at the end of the dual meet, Minnesota Blue defeated defending champion Illinois, 40-33 to claim the Greco-Roman team title at the U15 National Duals on Thursday.
The drive to victory included Minnesota winning six of the last eight matches, including four by technical fall
The dual meet started at 138 pounds, and after the heavyweight match, Illinois led 22-16. The lightweights came out for Minnesota, and won four straight matches, including three technical falls, to give the Minnesota Blue a lead it would never relinquish.
The run started 88 pounds, as Alan Koehler needed just 53 seconds to score a 10-0 technical fall over Benjamin Dunne. Included in his assault was a four-point headlock, another takedown and two gut wrenches.
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