Des Lacs-Burlington won the most nonforfeited matches on Tuesday.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, there weren't enough of those to overtake Bishop Ryan. The Lions (5-1) rallied from a 19-point deficit to win 46-31 at Bishop Ryan High School.
Ryan's comeback, aided by three late forfeits, was kickstarted by Braden Kalamaha's win by major decision at 160 pounds.
Bishop Ryan’s Justus Rector takes down Des Lacs-Burlington’s David Ruby during the Lions’ 46-31 dual win Tuesday at Bishop Ryan.
"(Kalamaha) kinda set the fire going," Lions coach Chase Lee said. "We had a couple matches in between there that didn't work out real well for us. Morale was a little down. Then Kalamaha went out there and kinda took it to the kid that he wrestled (DL-B's Matty Larson). He started a chain reaction."
That chain reaction included zero defeats the rest of the way.
Jordan Will won by forfeit at 170 to make it 31-22. That set up a matchup at 182 that mathematically finished the dual.
A win by Michael Preston against Ryan's Aidan Shafer would have forced a decisive heavyweight tilt between Ryan's Mason Kramer and DL-B's Austin Moen.
"I was really scared before my match that (Preston) would catch my back and pin me," Shafer said. "Before the dual I was really scared. I was shaking almost."
Shafer overcame his fears, pinned his opponent and ended the Lakers' chances.
Forfeits at 195 and 220 gave Ryan a 40-31 lead with just the heavyweight match to go.
"I have a lot of confidence in my bigger weights," Lee said. "It did get a little shaky there but I got kids who've been out there. They know what they're doing and I felt real confident putting them out there on the mat."
Kramer, participating in his first dual for the Lions, collected Ryan's final pin. He forced a fall one minute, 15 seconds into his bout.
"He's one of the few people that size who's fast and able to throw people," Shafer said. "He's a huge asset to our team."
Ryan travels to Linton for a tournament starting Friday at 3 p.m.