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Three Packers take first at PEM wrestling invite

The Austin wrestling team had three wrestlers take first place as the Packers finished fifth out of eight teams at the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Invite Saturday.

Devon Felten cut his weight from 120 to 113 and he picked up a pin and a 4-0 decision over Justin Amos of PEM in the finals to take first.

“Devon has made the cut to 113, and is positioning himself for another run at the end of the season,” Austin head coach Bill Kinney said. “He looked really good on Saturday. His finals match was close on the scoreboard, but was really not that close. His opponent wrestled a very cautious match, never really mounting much of an attack. Devon waited for his openings and scored.”

Erick Power, whose only loss this season was to Felten at 120, took first place at 120 in PEM. He picked up two pins and a major decision.

Brennen Russell took first at 126 as he won with three decisions.

“Brennen really gets up for the individual tournaments,” Kinney said. “ For whatever reason, he wrestles with a little more intensity in individual format tournaments. Brennen along with several other guys on our team helped their individual section seeds at this event. Brennen’s win in the finals should help a great deal at the end of the season.”

Dylan Diekmann took second at 132 as he won with two decisions before falling 7-2 to Dylan Boettcher of SC-ML in the finals.

Austin’s Connor Eads took fourth at 106, Josh Maxfield took fourth at 113, Brandon Cotter took fourth at 138, Braden Eggum took sixth at 138, and Mitch Tebay took fourth at 170.

“I really like how this team is wrestling right now,” Kinney said. “They have had very good practices, and are wrestling with a lot of energy. We have had a bit of success, both as a team and individually. Our challenge now is to keep building onto that success.”

The Packers will host Rochester Century Thursday at 7 p.m. and it will be alumni night. Former Austin and Pacelli wrestlers will be honored prior to the varsity dual. All alumni in attendance will receive a gift.