Patience pays off for NRHEG’s Lindell

Published 9:38 am Friday, March 5, 2010

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New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva senior David Lindell has waited all year for opportunity at the state tournament and he showed he’s willing to work patiently throughout the state tournament if that’s what it takes.

Lindell needed an overtime session against Parkers Prairie’s fifth-ranked Tyler Walsh to pick up a 3-1 victory and move to the semifinals of the 215 pound Class A bracket Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The two tied each other’s arms up throughout the match, jostling for position and in overtime Lindell (36-2) found an opportunity to sweep in for a single leg takedown.

“Eventually I found a way and got the takedown,” Lindell said. “It was just one of the many moves I’ve been working on.”

Panthers head coach Paul Cyr noticed Lindell has wrestled confidently in his first two matches. If he can maintain that, Cyr likes Lindell’s chances of advancing to the finals.

“As long as David keeps wrestling like this he’s going to do fine,” Cyr said.

Lindell faces Pipestone’s Joe Gorter in the semifinals Friday.

NRHEG’s David Lassahn did not get a wrestleback match after Canby’s Ted Berckes lost his second round match.