ELDRIDGE — Davenport Assumption senior wrestler Kirk Mommsen understood the situation.
The Knights were trailing North Scott in a key Mississippi Athletic Conference dual at The Pit on Thursday night and Mommsen was the second-to-last bout of the match.
So Mommsen just went out and did what experienced wrestlers do in big situations, getting a pin on his opponent to help propel the Knights to a 36-30 win over the Lancers.
Assumption keeps pace with Bettendorf in conference duals at 5-0 in the MAC after the Bulldogs knocked off Pleasant Valley.
After the dual started at 152 and went back-and-forth the whole way, Mommsen figured his match at 138 pounds might be one of the deciding factors.
"I know that North Scott has a good team and some great wrestlers and I knew it might be close, so I just had to go out and wrestle my best," Mommsen said. "I knew I had to go out there and get the job done for my team and I was able to do that."
Mommsen said he had not wrestled North Scott's Drake Golinghorst this season but had faced him twice last season. Mommsen was able to score a couple of early takedowns to take a 4-0 after the first period.
But with the Knights trailing, 30-27, going into the bout, Mommsen said he wanted to get the bonus points.
"We needed the six," Mommsen said. "I just had to wrestle my way."
Just a few seconds into the second period, Mommsen worked from the top position to get control of Golinghorst and was able to record the pin 30 seconds into the second period. While Mommsen's win gave the Knights the 33-30 lead, it wasn't quite over.
Assumption fellow senior Patrick Schwartzhoff wrapped up the win with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Ethan Stilson at 145.
Knights coach Pete Bush said having two experienced wrestlers like Schwartzhoff and Mommsen at the end of the match was key in clinching the win.
"Our seniors really came through for us and that was the difference," Bush said. "North Scott has a young, solid, very hungry team and they are much better than people think and they showed it tonight.
"Fortunately, we had a lot seniors with experience that came through for us. Both Kirk and Patrick have come through for us for a long time in big spots, I wasn't really that worried to be honest."
Assumption rolled up a 15-0 lead early behind pins from Joe Argo (160) and Julien Broderson (170) and a win from Nicholas Johnson (152). But the Lancers responded by winning the next four matches. The home team got pins from heavyweight Korbin Caves and Zach Petersen (195) and two decisions from Triston Richardson (182) and Wyatt Wriedt (220).
Petersen's win was the most impressive of the night as the Lancers sophomore trailed 6-2 in the final period to Assumption's Brock Timmons. But Petersen was able to somehow maneuver Timmons from a twisted position on his back to record the stunning pin at 5:40.
Matt Randone (106) and Jacob Fenske (120) picked up pins to help the Knights keep pace with victories coming from North Scott's Jacob Schipper (113) and Collin Lewis (126). The Lancers' Mikey Wheeler pinned Adam Laubenthal in 1:03 to put the home team up 30-27 before Mommsen and Schwartzhoff came through in the end.
The match ended with each team winning seven bouts but the Knights were able to rack up more pins (five) than the Lancers (three).
"I thought our guys came out and wrestled hard and this is what tough matches come down to, bonus points," North Scott coach Drew Kelly said. "We have a lot of good teams in our area and (Assumption) is one of them. Our guys wrestled real well tonight but just came up a little short."