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Things started off with a bang for the Lewiston High wrestling team when Jared Dykes got a pin against Pullman’s James Gray in the 285-pound weight class.

The first round was dominated by Gray, who earned the first takedown of the match, but Dykes would respond in the second round.

Dykes got an escape and a takedown that put Grey in a pinning predicament and got the ref to slap his hand on the mat for the victory.

The Bengals would win some later bouts to give them the eventual 48-31 dual victory against Pullman on Thursday night at Booth Hall.

Lewiston coach Stuart Johnson praised Dykes and his efforts in the heavyweight bout, saying this is the best he’s looked all season.

“Jared’s match was a good one, he’s normally our 220-pound guy, so he gave up some weight,” Johnson said. “This was his breakout match of the season so far.”

The Greyhounds also notched some satisfying victories, including Zach Dahmen pinning Jeremiah Bursch in the first round at 138.

Dahmen was on top the whole way through, demonstrating great strength as well as pace — which is something Pullman coach Art Powers said they work on in the wrestling room.

“We’re really big on shooting takedowns,” Powers said. “I don’t like them tieing up, so we teach them to take their legs.”

Dahmen’s victory also started a changing of the tide, as the Greyhounds won four straight bouts to give them a 31-30 lead over Lewiston.

Damon Shaw from Lewiston would get the forfeit at 170 pounds to give Lewiston the lead back at 36-31.

The dual came down to the 182-pound match between Rueben Thill of Lewiston and Austin Knutson of Pullman. Both wrestlers came out ready to go in an exciting first round, which included Knutson’s shot for a takedown. But Thill would sprawl on top, putting Knutson in a pinning situation resulting in a pinfall victory.

“They started to creep back into it a little bit and he sealed the deal,” Johnson said. “He did some scrambling and turned it on.”

According to Powers, this was the first varsity dual between the two Quad City schools in about 15 years, and he hopes that down the road these teams meet more often.

“We haven’t dualed these guys in years,” he said. “It’d be a good rivalry, both of us are already traveling, we got four teams right here and we never wrestle each other.”

LEWISTON 48, PULLMAN 31

98 — Tristan Bremer, Lew, won by forfeit. 106 — Bremer, Lew, p. Peter Paulsen, first. 113 — Gage Fiamengo, Lew, p. Gabe Smith, first. 120 — Isaac Acosta, Pul, p. Owen Hemphill, first. 126 — Tyson Sams, Lew, wins by forfeit. 132 — Landon Bennett, Lew, p. Colton Royals, second. 138 — Zach Dahmen, Pul, p. Jermiah Bursch, first. 145 — Josiah Smith, Pul def. Cade Hendren, 5-8. 152 — Scott Hutchinson, Pul, p. Kale Nick, third. 160 — Mitch Laville, Pul, def. Logan Hunt, 11-2. 170 — Damon Shaw, Lew, won by forfeit. 182 — Rueben Thill, Lew, p. Austin Knutson, first. 195 — Challis Adams, Lew, wins by forfeit. 220 — Jacob Woody, Lew, wins by forfeit. 285 — Jared Dykes, Lew, p. James Gray, second.

Pixley can be contacted at sports@lmtribune.com.

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