Cardinals shine at Federated Duals
Coon Rapids downed Northwest Suburban Conference foes Osseo (61-4) and Maple Grove (60-12) Jan. 3 before heading to Owatonna Jan. 5 where it went 3-1 at the Owatonna Federated Duals.
The Cardinals topped fifth-ranked Owatonna 34-22 after dropping a third-round match to No. 10-ranked (Class AA) Adrian 36-35. Coon Rapids opened with a 43-25 win over Caledonia.
Cooper Anderson and Tyler Berdahl each went 6-0 over the two days in what was Berdahl’s return to competition after sustaining a concussion.
Anderson (132) posted three pins, a tech and major to complete a solid weekend of competition. He pinned Adrian’s Nate Loosbrock, who is ranked 10th at 138 pounds in 2:40. Anderson finished the day with an 8-7 win against Owatonna’s Jake Woodrich at 132 pounds.
Top-ranked heavyweight Michael Burckhardt also went undefeated to improve to 25-1. He went 4-0 over the two days, which included a pin of Owatonna’s fifth-ranked heavyweight Spencer Sorenson at 3:00.
Josh Bryant went 4-1 over the two days while beating the No. 10 and third ranked wrestlers in Class AAA.
Varsity newcomer Ebon Jordan posted a 4-2 record at 195 pounds with one fall and another 1-0 decision.
Alex Calderilla (182) and Shad Olson (220) each had just one loss with 5-1 and 4-1 records, respectively.
Blaine at Bluejacket Invite
Blaine finished seventh place at the eight-team field at the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Invitational Jan. 5.
Blaine junior Caleb Butler improved to 12-0 by winning the 220-pound class and teammate Malik Stewart garnered second place at 120 pounds after losing to Prior Lake’s No. 3-ranked Tanner Johnshoy in the championship match.
Butler, ranked fourth at 220 pounds, only wrestled one match, stopping Prior Lake’s Cody Kohout by fall at 43 seconds.
Jack Duffy (160) and Glenn Meyers (170) each placed fourth, while Devon Krump (285) was fifth and improved to 10-7 overall.
Joe Carlson (113), Jake Keller (126), Jameson Allen (145) and Jimmy Kittleson (182) all placed sixth in their respective weight classes.
Panthers sixth at Hopkins Invite
Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony garnered sixth place at the Hopkins’ Paul Bengtson Invite Jan. 5.
The Panthers were led by Justin May (145), Tyreese Jackson (160) and Tristan Wehmas (195), who all placed third in their respective weight classes.
May went 3-1 with a tech, major and decision, while Jackson fought all the way back from a first-round loss to capture third place with three wins, including two majors.
Wehmas picked up his first varsity win of the season by way of a fall against Hopkins’ Rodrigo Alburto at 52 seconds.
Jeremiah Labelle (220) placed fourth, going 1-2.
Riley Altenburg (106), Isaiah Roufs (120) and Dan Kaminski (132) all finished fifth, while Tyrek Thomas (138) placed sixth.
Saints capture Mora Tournament title
St. Francis held off tournament-host Mora to capture the team title by five points Jan. 5.
The Saints had 12 place winners, including two champions and two runner-ups.
Sophomore Daniel Worthington (106) went 3-0 with one fall and sophomore Aaron Wilson (126) also went 3-0 with two falls.
St. Francis senior Conan Sandberg dropped his championship final bout at 220 pounds by a 6-4 decision against Waconia’s Riley Trnka. Sandberg’s season record fell to 10-4.
Saints junior Adam Blue (285) also dropped his finals bout when St. Cloud Tech’s Jerrad Nieland pinned him at 3:59.
Seniors Taylor Charles (160) and Tyler Reitz (170) each finished third as did freshman Bo Blanske (195), who won his first two matches of the season.
Jan. 3 recap
Coon Rapids 61, Osseo 4
Coon Rapids rattled off 13 straight wins to hand the Orioles a 57-point Northwest Suburban conference loss Thursday night. The Cardinals added five pins and Berdahl won his 160-pound bout 3-1 in overtime over Andrew Lanners followed by Calderilla with a 2-1 win over Badhasa Wako at 170 pounds.
Coon Rapids also beat Maple Grove 60-12.
Blaine 51, Minneapolis South 24
The Bengals opened the non-conference match with pins by Carter Newman (106), Joe Carlson (113) and Malik Stewart (120) before Jake Keller topped Sam Truen 7-5 in overtime at 126 to extend Blaine’s lead to 21-0 after four matches. Blaine won four of the last five matches by pins, including junior 220-pounder Caleb Butler, who pinned South’s Antwan Holmes in 28 seconds for the fastest pin of the evening.
Blaine 54, Armstrong 18
Anoka 51, Andover 20
Rumble on the Red
Coon Rapids finished 10th, Anoka was 22nd and Andover was 58th among the field of 66 teams at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo N.D., Dec. 28-29.
Cardinals top-ranked heavyweight Michael Burckhardt went 5-0 with three pins to clinch Coon Rapids’ second-ever individual championship. Current St. Cloud State University stand-out Shamus O’Grady won it all in 2008.
Burckhardt downed defending North Dakota state champion Cordell Schroeder of Carrington, N.D., 5-2 in the final after winning a close overtime match in the semifinals. He improved his season record to 21-1.
Bryant dropped to 108 pounds after spending the entire season at 115 so far. The result was a seventh-place finish in Fargo.
Jordy Peterson moved into the 113-pound position and should succeed in the coming seasons. “Jordy is a strong, athletic kid and should help the Cards in the lower weights,” Coon Rapids coach Bob Adams said. Expect to also see Joe Bothwell at that weight in the future.
Olson at 220 pounds gives the Cardinals a strong one-two finish to matches and he came away with two tough matches in Fargo.
Coon Rapids had two JV placewinners in Joey Bothwell (fifth place) and Calderilla (third place).
Anoka freshman Cal Germinaro went 3-2 at 106 pounds.
Sophomore Preston Flaherty dropped his opening 132-pound match against Minneota’s Bryce Bruner 7-4, but rebounded to win four in a row before losing a 7-6 decision to Rapid City, S.D., Stevens’ Garrett Peterson, who lost in the fifth-place match.
Kodi Krone also dropped his opening round match at 145 pounds before winning two matches by a 10-1 major and 6-0 decision, then losing a 16-8 major to Lakeville North’s C. Pavogel.
Sophomore Brandon Krone reached the 152-pound championship quarterfinal with a pin against Faribault’s Josh Palmer followed by a 5-3 decision over Central Cass’ Kyle Schultz. Krone was sent to the consolation bracket after a 3-2 loss to Scott West’s Andrew Fogarty. Krone beat West Fargo’s Kyle Kragnes with a 13-3 major, but lost in the third-place semifinal to Cambridge-Isanti’s Ty Togerson 4-1 and dropped his seventh-place match by a 5-3 decision to finish eighth place.
Sophomore Matt Njos went 3-2 at 170 pounds with each win coming by a pin at 3:22, 4:08 and 3:58.