Wrestling: Opening weekend is a success for several

Andover fourth at Droegemueller Invite

The Huskies opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the Osseo Ken Droegemueller Invitational Nov. 30. Andover scored 119 points, 14 points behind Eden Prairie and 41 points behind champion Osseo in the individual-format meet.

No. 2 ranked Corey Parsons (182 pounds) and John Reynolds (195) each won their respective brackets with a collective 6-0 record by six falls.

Andover's Corey Parsons, top, wrestled to a third-place at the state meet last March. File photo
Andover’s Corey Parsons, top, wrestled to a third-place at the state meet last March. File photo

Parsons, ranked No. 2 in the state at 170 pounds, had falls in 46 seconds, 35 seconds and 1:41, while Reynolds won his matches in 39 seconds and 44 seconds before a pin at 5:34 in the championship bout against Minnetonka’s Nickolas Gabler.

Gibson Board (126) placed second with a 2-1 record and Drew Davis (120) was third with a 3-1 record. Each win came by pin.

Anoka wins Turkey Burn

Anoka unwrapped the season by winning the Mound-Westonka Turkey Burn Tournament Nov. 30 with seven weight-class champions and two runners-up. It won the team title by 48.50 points over runner-up Mound Westonka.

Eighth-grader Tyler Eischens (106) went 3-0 with two falls. Freshman Cal Germinaro (120) and Cole Eischens (132) each won two matches by falls.

Junior Liam Strong won at 138 pounds by an 18-7 major decision and a fall in the championship match against Mounds View’s Luke Schalz at 4:46.

Senior Brandon Krone, ranked No. 3 in the state, won the 160-pound title with two wins.

Junior Matt Njos, also ranked No. 3 in the state, went 2-0 to win the 170 title including a 3-2 overtime win against Mahtomedi’s Carter Focht in the championship match.

Sophomore Conner Larsen scored a runner-up finish at 182 pounds going 1-1 and heavyweight sophomore Jesse Heifort went 2-1 falling in the championship match to St. Cloud Tech’s Noah Voigt in 1:39. Heifort picked up both wins by falls at 1:53 and 1:25.

Jake Olson went 3-0 at 195 pounds with three falls. Sophomore Hunter Deleon placed third at 145 pounds with a 2-1 record.

Coon Rapids goes 2-1 at Hastings Duals

Coon Rapids kicked off the season going 2-1 at the Hastings Duals Nov. 30.

Five Cardinals went 3-0 including No. 8 ranked Josh Bryant (132), No. 10 Jarod Julkowski (138), Alex Calderilla (170), Tyler Berdahl (195) and Shad Olson (285).

The No. 11-ranked Cardinals opened with a 42-24 loss to No. 7 Albert Lea in the first match of the day.

Coon Rapids rebounded with a 33-30 win over Monticello and a 50-12 win over Stillwater.

Coon Rapids looked to beat Albert Lea for the first time in program history, but the Tigers were too strong, building a 24-0 lead after the first four matches. Two Cardinals led late in the third periods, but were pinned for an 18-point swing that was too much to overcome.

Calderilla scored a pin at 3:15 at 170 pounds and Olson finished off his match with a pin over Will Mendez in 51 seconds. Bryant scored a 13-5 major decision and Julkowski added a 1-0 decision win in the following match at 138 pounds to cut the team score to 24-7.

Coon Rapids rebounded against Monticello winning eight of 14 matches including five of the six to open the dual.

Monticello’s trio of ranked middleweights tried to mount a comeback, winning three matches but only one by fall. Sixth-ranked Justin May dropped a 3-1 decision against Monticello’s No. 3 ranked Zach Beaumaster at 145 pounds. Kiyanu Baker lost a 9-6 decision at 152 pounds to No. 10 Jake Berthiaume and No. 6 Carter Barnes scored a fall over Michael Bothwell at 160 pounds.

Calderilla stopped the Magic run with a 19-5 major decision at 170 pounds. Nick Olson followed with a 5-3 win at 182 pounds and Tyler Berdahl added a fall at 195 pounds.

Coon Rapids made a strong showing against Stillwater with six pins including Calderilla at 1:59 and Julkowski at 1:52.

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