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Last season Solon rolled through its regional winning two duals by more than 30 points secure its first trip to the state dual meet since 2001.
There was a lot more drama this time around but Solon is headed back to the state dual tournament.
Jax Flynn pinned West Liberty junior AJ Lenz in the final match to lift Solon to a 37-34 win over No.7 West Liberty (26-4) in a 2A Regional dual final on Tuesday in West Liberty.
Eighth-ranked Solon won the final two matches to overcome a 34-29 deficit and secure the first back-to-back state dual appearances in program history.
The defending state duals runner-up, Solon (19-5) will face second-ranked Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in the 2A state duals quarterfinals on February 14 at 11 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Solon had six pins among its nine wins in a 45-24 win over Independence to set up a showdown with host West Liberty in the finals.
The Spartans won three of the first four matches against the Comets, as sophomore Seamus Poynton (27-25) opened the dual by bumping up a weight to pin Kolton Armey in 5:06 at 182 pounds.
Tyler Linderbaum (32-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a third-period pin of Andy Lopez at 285 pounds to put Solon up 16-6.
Solon took its biggest lead at 29-12 with three consecutive wins capped by an Aidan Dall (32-16) pin at 126 pounds.
West Liberty came storming back, winning four consecutive matches, three via win and led 34-29 after third-ranked Joe Kelly pinned Caleb Ebert at 152 pounds.
That set the stages for the late drama for the Spartans.
Tenth-ranked Zack Bevans (30-9) won a 6-0 decision over Austin Beaver at 160 pounds to trim the lead to 34-32 and set up a winner-take-all bout at 170.
Flynn (32-4) needed 4:22 to pin Lenz and punch the Spartans ticket to Des Moines.
106 – Brock Eldridge (IND) pinned Gabe Yetley 1:16
113 – Lucas TePoel (SOL) dec. Thomas Matteson 7-1
120 – Zeb Gnida (SOL) pinned Caleb Straw 1:18
126 – Aidan Dall (SOL) pinned Holdyn Griffith 2:45
132 – Christian Haight (SOL) pinned Fischer Crawford 2:46
138 – Andy Brokaw (SOL) dec. Matthew Doyle 7-6
145 – Brady Webb (IND) dec. Caleb Ebert 8-6
152 – Jarrett Orr (IND) Jackson Clevenger :14
160 – Seth House (IND) pinned Jaxson Howsare 1:29
170 – Cole Davis (IND) dec. Seamus Poynton 9-5
182 – Mike Hoyle (SOL) pinned Joe Kaiser 1:43
195 – Adam Bock (SOL) pinned Tayten Freidhof 1:38
220 – Zach Wegmann (SOL) dec. Hunter Crawford :35
285 – Tyler Linderbaum (SOL) pinned Drew Evans :35
106 – Alex Beaver (WL) pinned Gabe Yetley 1:14
113 – Lucas TePoel (SOL) dec. Sam Gingerich 7-5
120 – Zeb Gnida (SOL) major dec. Talen Dengler 12-4
126 – Aidan Dall (SOL) pinned Montana Herrold 1:33
132 – Will Esmoil (WL) pinned Colton Spillman 3:41
138 – Coy Reuss (WL) major dec. Christian Haight 11-3
145 – Justin Dengler (WL) pinned Andy Brokaw 1:14
152 – Joe Kelly (WL) pinned Caleb Ebert 1:22
160 – Zack Bevans (SOL) dec. Austin Beaver 6-0
170 – Jax Flynn (SOL) pinned AJ Lenz 3:22
182 – Seamus Poynton (SOL) pinned Kolton Armey 5:06
195 – Mike Hoyle (SOL) major dec, Jackson Gingerich 12-3
220 – Bryce Esmoil (WL) pinned Zach Wegmann 2:52
285 – Tyler Linderbaum (SOL) pinned Andy Lopez 4:21