Before hosting the Hyland-Board duals two days later, Coon Rapids traveled to Robbinsdale Armstrong for a pair of Northwest Suburban Conference duals. The Cardinals recorded a 51-12 win against the Falcons and a 43-20 win over Osseo Dec. 5.
The dual meets were a good primer before taking on seven other quality teams at the Coon Rapids duals Dec. 7. The Cardinals went 2-1 to lift the third-place trophy after a 41-28 win against Monticello. Coon Rapids opened with a 42-27 win over Mounds View before Cambridge scored a 32-24 victory over the Cardinals in the semifinals.
Against Mounds View, the teams traded technical falls and pin falls through the first four matches (Mike Jones at 113 pounds technical fall at 4:27 and No. 8 ranked Josh Bryant at 126 pounds pin fall at 1:58) pushed the score to 11-11. Nate Julkowski scored a pin fall at 3:53 of the 138-pound match to give the Cardinals a 17-14 lead. Kiiyanu Baker scored a 14-3 major decision at 152 to retake the lead 21-20 followed by a 14-5 decision at 160 by Mike Bothwell to put the Cardinals ahead for good, 25-20. Alex Calderilla added a fall at 2:22 of the following match at 170 pounds to make it 31-20. Cardinals heavyweight Shad Olson scored a fall 52 seconds into bout to finish the match.
Cambridge led the Cardinals from start to finish, but a few individuals emerged with impressive wins. Jones, ranked No. 10 at 113 pounds, scored a 4-3 decision over sixth-ranked Brady Kuntz. Jones held a 2-1 lead going into the third period and opened with a two-point reverse before Kuntz earned two escapes worth one point each to make the final 4-3 score.
Tyler Berdahl scored a 9-8 decision over standout Cody Skog at 195 pounds to cap a run of three Coon Rapids wins. Skog led 6-5 heading into the third period, but Berdahl earned an escape followed by a two-point take down for the win. Bothwell and Calderilla added decisions before Berdahl’s win.
In the third-place match against Monticello, Coon Rapids was keyed by three falls from the upper-middle weights again. Bothwell, Calderilla and Berdahl all earned second period falls. Bothwell scored the quickest at 2:32. Olson finished off the match with a fall at 1:42. Coon Rapids’ Ethan Moser drew a tough match against No. 10 ranked (Class AA 126 pounds) Tevin Zavadil at 120 pounds. Zavadil scored a fall at 1:11.
Bryant lost a 3-0 decision to ninth-ranked (AA at 132 pounds) Jack Bourgeois, who had an escape and takedown in the third period for the only scoring of the bout. Tenth-ranked Jake Berthiaum scored a 14-5 win against Baker at 152 pounds to give the Magic a 22-14 lead. Justin May scored the upset of the match with a 10-5 decision against sixth-ranked (AA at 160) Carter Barnes at 160 pounds to make the team score 22-17 and start a four-bout winning streak for the Cardinals.
Simley dominated Cambridge-Isanti for the championship trophy 48-14. The Spartans beat Class A Plainview-Elgin-Millville 46-18 and Monticello 50-24 en route to the title.
One week after winning the season opener at Mound-Westonka, Anoka placed second 26.5 points behind Atwater-Grove City-Cosmos at the Litchfield Dragons Invitational Dec. 7.
The Tornadoes had four weight class champions including Tyler Eischens (106) with a 9-1 major decision win over ACGC’s Rylan Molinaro; Cal Gierminaro (120) won a 7-5 decision over Milaca’s Ray Hoffman; Brandon Krone (160) won a 4-1 decision over Albany’s Carter Holthaus and Matt Njos (170) won a 6-5 decision over Big Lake’s Josiah Brown.
Anoka’s Sam Begin (182) lost the championship final 5-0 to Milaca’s Austin Weidner.
Anoka collected four third-place finishes from Jesse Heifort (285), Jeremy Rodman (220), Hunter Deleon (145) and Cole Eischens (132).
Blaine came away with a sixth-place finish at a very competitive Shakopee Tournament Dec. 7.
Bengals second-year coach Josh Prokosch said the success was a result of the year-round work combined with the realization that each person on the team has a role to play.
“Before duals I tell the kids that they all need to do their job, if we do that, good things will happen,” he said.
This ranges from staying off their back to scoring a pin. “Jimmy [Kittleson], Glenn [Meyers] and Caleb [Butler] are three guys we look to for six points often, pin to win,” Prokosch said.
The Bengals had eight wrestlers place and scored 118 points, eight points behind fifth-place Rochester Mayo. Shakopee won the team title, 28.5 points clear of Rosemount.
Blaine was led by three weight class champions including Kittleson (182 pounds), Meyers (195) and fifth-ranked Butler (220). The senior trio went a collective 9-0 with seven falls. Meyers scored a 3-2 decision in the semifinal against No. 9 ranked Jay Robinson of Bloomington Kennedy.
Prokosch said watching Butler on the mat is always a treat and Meyers’ impressive win over Robinson was great, but Kittleson’s performance in the championship match impressed him most. He beat Kouta Sugii of Roseville 5-0. “[Jimmy] was dominant from start to finish and punished his opponent,” Prokosch said. “Often he gets impatient but his poise in the finals and constant pressure showed me a lot.”
Heavyweight Mitch Linquist placed fourth losing to Osakis’ Peter Hagen in the third place match 3-0.
Junior Joe Carlson (132) finished 2-2 to place fourth after losing in the third-place match to Kennedy’s Jackson Judge 4-3.
Senior Sam Peterson (138) won his way through the consolation bracket before losing to Rocori’s Cody Buerman 10-3.
Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony
Spring Lake Park garnered an eighth-place finish at the nine-team St. Michael-Albertville Invite Dec. 7.
The Panthers collected 65.5 points, 8.5 points behind St. Cloud Apollo. STMA won the title, 79 points ahead of runner-up Elk River.
Sophomore Fabian Torres placed third at 120 after scoring a 3-2 overtime win against STMA’s Zac Schoen.
Senior Tyrek Thomas (145) won his fifth-place match by fall at 5:44 against St. Cloud Apollo’s Brandon Karolus.
Junior Tristan Wehmas (220) also won his fifth-place match by fall, this time at 4:44 over Tri City United’s Jacob Nading. Wehmas lost a third-place semifinal to STMA’s Randy Anderson 4-3 in triple overtime.
Elk River handed the Huskies a 51-21 Northwest Suburban Conference loss Dec. 6.
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