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Lake Norman’s wrestling team reaped rewards aplenty from its first dual-team appearances of 2020.

The Wildcats bunched their own on-mat success with outcomes rendered elsewhere in the I-Meck Conference ranks to maintain their efforts to secure a coveted dual-team postseason berth.

Lake Norman handled its home-mat matters with flair courtesy of banging out wins by 52-17 over Mallard Creek and, in perfect form, 84-0 opposite Vance to boost its playoff positioning.

For with the two wins also coming to account for the Wildcats’ success of their next-to-the-last appearance of the regular-season schedule on tap to take place at home, they also advanced into a tie for second-place in the updated I-Meck ranks. Only the top two finishing teams during the course of the regular season in the league are guaranteed a state dual-team playoff invite.

Lake Norman easily earned its way into the mix with the convincing wins.

Taking on Mallard Creek to start the process, the Wildcats gathered in wins by pinfalls worth the maximum number of six points apiece courtesy of Brody Neal at 120 pounds, Kaiden Fisher at 126 pounds, Timmy Kennett at 145 pounds, Bradley Wilson at 182 pounds, Caleb Tate at 220 pounds, and Alex Baker at heavyweight.

Also adding to the take, Brodie Gadeberg at 113 pounds racked up a win by major decision, while the crew consisting of Jeremiah Garcia at 106 pounds, J.T. Richards at 132 pounds, Carson Floyd at 170 pounds, and Travis Osorio at 195 pounds all emerged a winners via decisions apiece.

Facing off against Vance, the Wildcats gathered in favorable verdicts in each of the weight class matches by the most number of points possible to fashion the equivalent of a perfect score.

Helping make that possible included the wins by pins picked up by Gadeburg, Neal, Floyd, Baker, Hayden Fann at 138 pounds, Evan Chouinard at 152 pounds and Chris Lee at 160 pounds.

Meanwhile wins by forfeits also worth six team points each were awarded accordingly to Garcia, Fisher, Richards, Wilson, Osorio and Tate.

Lake Norman headed back out on the mat for the annual Boneyard Bash before resuming the dual-team portion of its season’s schedule later this week.

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