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Spartans pin Lumberjacks

Superior High School’s Joe Carter, shown here in action against a Ladysmith opponent on Jan. 18, provided the winning points in the Spartans’ 39-38 win over Ladysmith Friday night in Cumberland by pinning Kyle Nelson at 170 pounds. (Jed Carlson /

Just a week earlier a dual match between the Superior High School Spartans and Ladysmith Lumberjacks came down to the final two matches.

With the score tied 30-30 on Dec. 18 in the SHS gym, Ladysmith won the final two matches to defeat Superior 39-30.

Superior’s Joe Carter was on the losing end of one of those matches when a reversal with 20 seconds remaining gave Ryan Vollendorf a 2-0 win and Ladysmith the lead for good.

This time around, Carter pinned Kyle Nelson with 13 seconds remaining in the third period and the Spartans went on to defeat Ladysmith 39-38 in the Heart O’ North Conference Duals Championships Friday in Cumberland.

Friday’s win moves Superior into third place in the HON.

“What a great team effort,” SHS coach Bob Coleman. “A week ago we lost to Ladysmith in a knock-down, drag-out battle and Friday night was no different. Joe’s pin sealed the win for us and put the dual out of reach, but it was not only Joe that put us over the top — we had many matches that made the difference.

“It came down to not getting pinned. We had a number of guys come off their backs during their matches and then when we put Ladysmith on its back we put them way.”

The Spartans have only defeated Ladysmith one other time in the last 10 years.

Superior wraps up its dual season at 7 p.m. today at Cloquet.

The HON tournament is Saturday in Bloomer.

Superior 39, Ladysmith 38

195 — Gunnar Gronski, SHS, won by forfeit

220 — Oscar Flaherty. SHS, won by forfeit

285 — Dylan Lowney, SHS, def. Isaiah Rolli, 3-1

106 — Derick Vollendorf, L, def. Wyatt Johnson, TF 19-3

113 — Elijah Pearson, L, pinned Tucker Johnson, 1:37

120 — Trent Vollendorf, L, pinned Austin Mills, 2:51

126 — Jack Androsky, SHS, pinned Zach Jenness, 1:57

132 — Jordan Jawarski, L, def. Landon Lathrop, 11-0

138 — Caden Stone, SHS, pinned DJ Livingston, 2:27

145 — Brandon McClure, SHS, pinned Billy Niles, 0:52

152 — Nathan Roach, L, def. Logan Stone, TF 17-2

160 — Ryan Vollendorf, L, pinned Nathan Anderson, 2:50

170 — Joe Carter, SHS, Kyle Nelson, 5:47

182 — Josh Jenness, L, pinned Lars Root, 1:30