First weekend of wrestling is in the books

Several area wrestlers took the mats for the first weekend of tournaments.

Coon Rapids goes 0-3 in first tourney at Hastings Duals
Fifth-ranked Coon Rapids ran into a bit of a wall with three losses against some of the state’s best teams at the Hastings Duals Dec. 1.

The Cardinals, in search of their third straight Northwest Suburban Conference title, opened the season two days earlier with a 74-6 win over Robbinsdale Armstrong in the conference dual opener. Coon Rapids also easily downed St. Paul Como Park without services of three regular varsity starters and many not at their competitive weight classes.

Coon Rapids began Saturday with a 35-26 loss to fourth ranked Prior Lake followed by a loss to sixth-ranked Hastings and finished with a loss to No. 7 Albert Lea.

Kiyanu Baker had a chance for a second-round pin and huge upset of the state’s fifth ranked wrestler, Albert Lea’s Jacob Spitzak at 138 pounds. Dakota Johnson (152) used a lateral drop to pin his opponent at the 4:58 mark to spark the Cardinals efforts against the Tigers, one of the state’s perennial top clubs.

The Cardinals downed Hastings last season, but the Raiders had the last laugh this year. Coon Rapids kept the score close after Josh Bryant and Joe Anderson earned pins to tie the match 12-12. Nate Julkowski (145) and Michael Bothwell (152) earned decisions before Coon Rapids lost the next five matches. Alex Wiser (220) and Michael Burckhardt (285) won the final two matches to keep the score close. The difference came down to bonus points as the Cardinals won six matches in a strong showing against No. 6 ranked Hastings.

Seventh-ranked Albert Lea will move up in the next rankings thanks in part to a 42-23 win against Coon Rapids in the final match of the day. The Tigers have ranked wrestlers at the first five weights, but Josh Bryant (113) and Joe Anderson (126) each came through with decision victories of 4-3 and 7-5, respectively.

Tornadoes open tourney schedule at Litchfield
Anoka opened the 2012-13 wrestling campaign with a runner-up finish at the Litchfield Invite Dec 1.

After graduating several top-end wrestlers, Anoka is a young squad but showed it belongs near the top as it placed in 11 of 12 weights in which it competed. Anoka didn’t wrestle at two weights because of illness.

Brandon Krone and Matt Njos each won their weight class bracket at 152 and 170 pounds, respectively, while Same Begin (160) and Jake Olson (195) earned runner-up finishes. Third-place medals went to Cole Eischens (113), Liam Strong (132), Preston Flaherty and Jeremy Rodman (220). Royce Myron (182), Tristen Lundstene (285) and Jon Tawfick (145) placed fourth in the eight-team field.

Blaine places fifth at Chisago Lakes Invite
The Bengals compiled a 2-1 team record enroute to a 35-34 win over Chisago Lakes in the fifth-place match Saturday at the Chisago Lakes Duals.

Major Decisions by Joe Carlson (113) and Jake Keller (132) helped the Bengals add points as the Wildcats forfeitted the final four weights.

The Bengals opened with a 55-16 loss to Cambridge-Isanti, highlighted by Caleb Butler’s pin at 1:34 of his 220-pound bout.

Blaine bounced back against Hibbing for a 55-18 win, highlighted by seven pins including Butler and Josh Lamkin (195) each at 2:37. Jimmy Kittleson (182) recorded the quickest fall at 1:58 of his match.

Andover 10th at Faribault Invite
Andover struggled to score many placewinners at the Faribault Dick Shiels Invite, Dec. 1 as they garnered 10th place in the team points while several top-ranked programs were among the field of 12 teams, including Apple Valley, Kasson-Mantorville, Hutchinson and Owatonna.

The Huskies were highlighted by three placewinners including: Corey Parsons (170) fourth place; John Reynolds (160) fifth place and Allen Jenson (152) sixth place.

Parsons finished 2-2 after losing a 4-2 decision in the third place match to Lucas Roe of GMLOK.

Jenson also went 2-2 but won back-to-back matches by falls of 34 and 43 seconds to reach the fifth place bout which he lost to Owatonna’s Tyler Vogt by fall at 4:06.

Reynolds also posted a 2-2 record, winning his fifth place match by fall (50 seconds) over New Richmond’s Nick Bartness.

Panthers place 10th at STMA tourney
Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony finished at the bottom of the team standings with 36.5 points while St. Michael-Albertville began the season with an overwhelming win by more than 144.5 points over runner-up St. Cloud Apollo Dec. 1.

Panthers 120-pounder Danny Chlebeck went 3-1 to place third in his weight bracket followed by Isaiah Roufs (126) who placed sixth with a 1-3 record. Tyrese Jackson (170) garnered a 2-3 record and Jeremiah Labelle (285) each place sixth. Tristan Whems (195) dropped both of his bouts to place fourth.

Spring Lake Park opened the season Nov. 29 with a 64-15 loss at North Branch.

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