SPOKANE, Wash. -- For the second time this week, Minnesota Blue and Illinois advanced to the finals of the 16U National Duals. On Thursday, Minnesota Blue beat Illinois for the Greco-Roman title, 40-33. Today, the two teams advanced within the Gold-Silver Pool again for a rematch with the freestyle title up for grabs.
As would be expected, this showdown went down to the very last match. However, it was Minnesota Blue's dominance in the lighter weights, winning six straight bouts to end the match, which led to its 40-34 victory over Illinois and a team double title at the 16U National Duals.
Illinois led 30-16 after a win at heavyweight, and six matches remained in the light weights. After five straight wins, Minnesota Blue took a 35-34 lead with only the 120 pound match left. Maxwell Peterson of Minnesota squared off with Abraham Hinrichsen of Illinois.
Petersen scored a spin-behind takedown to lead 2-0 at the break. In the second period, as the wrestlers sparred for position, Peterson powered directly into Hinrichsen, taking right to his back for a pin, creating a huge celebration on the Minnesota bench.
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