Wrestling recap: State ninth-grade meet; Anoka and Blaine Duals


Anoka’s ninth-grade team placed second to St. Michael-Albertville by 19.5 points and moved three individuals to state at its 14-team state qualifier (Section 6) Jan. 25.

Colby Njos captured the 100-pound title with four wins, two by fall before a 5-0 decision over Coon Rapids’ David Wiser.

Eighth-grader Richie Hammonds (113) won four matches en route to the section crown with a 6-5 win over Blaine’s Shea Gerrety.

Gerrety lost a true second-place match to STMA’s Grant Schoen by fall.

Zach Fritz (126) went 3-0 with a pair of quick falls (26 and 41 seconds) before a 4-0 win over Buffalo’s Riley Habisch in the finals.

Austin Goor (285) came up short in the finals with an 8-0 major to Coon Rapids’ T.J. Mandyck. Goor dropped his true second-place match to Blaine’s Dyllan Krump by fall in the sixth overtime.

Anoka’s seventh-ranked varsity team hosted the Anoka Duals Feb. 1 with No. 8 Willmar, Little Falls, No. 4 Hastings, No. 1 Apple Valley and St. Francis.

The Tornadoes placed third, losing only to Apple Valley 48-19.

Anoka dominated Willmar by a 41-18 score that included pins from Cal Germinaro (No. 6 at 113), Liam Strong (132), Brandon Krone (No. 2 ranked at 152), Jake Olson (195). Matt Njos, ranked third at 170, lost a tough 2-1 decision to top-ranked Colten Carlson at 160. Third-ranked Tyler Eischens (106) scored a 12-2 major to open the contest. Willmar’s Vaughn Johnson, ranked ninth at 170 handed Sam Begin a 6-4 decision at 170.


Andover placed seventh overall at the South St. Paul Veldman Invite, Jan. 25. The Huskies had seven place winners and two weight class champions: No. 2 ranked Corey Parsons at 170 pounds and John Reynolds at 182.

Parsons downed Jordan Goebel of Pierz with a 12-2 major in the finals to improve his record to 25-2. Pierz won the team title by 47.5 points ahead of Lakeville North.

Reynolds went 4-0 with three falls and a major. He pinned Cretin-Derham Hall’s Matthew Boncich in 4:34 for the tourney title.

Gibson Board (120) and Luke Harmon (285) each placed fifth.


Blaine opened January with an eighth-place finish at the Bluejacket Invite in Cambridge. Weight class champions included Malik Stewart at 120 pounds and Glenn Meyers (195).

Stewart, a sophomore ranked seventh in the state, won both matches including a 13-3 major over Sibley’s Riley Groh in the semis.

Meyers, a senior ranked seventh, went 3-0 with three pins. He pinned eighth-ranked Dakota Johnson on his home mat in Cambridge in 1:34.

Caleb Butler, ranked fourth at 220 pounds, was runner-up, dropping his first match of the season after an injury default in the finals against sixth-ranked Kyle Chromy of Cambridge.

Butler continued work quickly with a fall 11 seconds into his first round bout against Sibley’s Fernando Corral before a 13-3 major against Little Falls’ Trysten Ross in the semifinals. Chromy pinned his way into the finals to improve his season record to 19-4. The default dropped Butler to 9-1.

Cody Babineau (170) and Joe Carlson (126) each placed third for Blaine and Ahmed Hassan placed sixth at 285 pounds.

Blaine finished the month with a ninth-place finish and seven place winners at the South St. Paul Veldman Invite Jan. 25.

Meyers improved to 19-2 overall, but was runner-up after losing a 3-2 decision to sixth-ranked Tristyn Hanson of Lakeville north.

Stewart (16-1) took his first loss of the season in the championship bout, losing 12-10 to Monticello’s Tevin Zavadil.

Carlson placed third at 125 pounds to improve to 13-9 overall.

Coon Rapids

The Cardinals ninth-grade team qualified five wrestlers for the state tournament including top-ranked David Wiser at 100 pounds. Also qualifying for state were Joe Bothwell (132); Adam Ness (138); Sam Spencer (145); T.J. Mandyck (285).

Coon Rapids' Justin May (152), top controls his opponent at Monticello, Jan. 11. Photo by Bill Jones
Coon Rapids’ Justin May (152), top controls his opponent at Monticello, Jan. 11. Photo by Bill Jones

Ness downed Anoka’s Billy Hayden 4-2 in overtime to win the section. The Cardinals placed third in the team standings.

The Cardinals traveled to the Owatonna duals the first weekend of January, going 3-1 to improve its season team record to 11-4.

Coon Rapids downed Holmen, Wis., 32-27, WEM/JWP 32-26 and Caledonia 27-23, but lost to fifth-ranked Owatonna 40-21.

Justin May (145) and fourth-ranked Tyler Berdahl (182) went 4-0 at the tournament between 182 and 195 pounds. Berdahl was a perfect 5-0 during the week winning each match by a fall.

Coon Rapids traveled to Maple Grove for a Northwest Suburban Conference match Jan. 9 and won 53-11 before heading to a Monticello tournament Jan. 11.

No. 7 Shakopee handed the Cardinals a 35-26 loss in the opener. Coon Rapids returned to winning form with a 33-28 win over Lean and Mean-ranked Alexandria to conclude the tournament.

Coon Rapids 182-pounder Alex Calderilla, back, controls his opponent at the Monticello Invite, Jan. 11. Photo by Jason Olson
Coon Rapids 182-pounder Alex Calderilla, back, controls his opponent at the Monticello Invite, Jan. 11. Photo by Jason Olson

Four Cardinals went 3-0 including Jordan Peterson between 120 and 126 pounds with two majors and a fall; Justin Reeves (160/170) with one fall; Alex Calderilla (170-182) had two falls and one major and 10th-ranked heavyweight Shad Olson picked up three falls.

Berdahl went 2-1 at 195 pounds, losing a 17-8 major to Alexandria’s fourth-ranked wrestler Justin Cuberbatch.

The Cardinals improved to 14-5 with a 52-21 win over school-district foe Andover Jan. 17. Coon Rapids finished the match with three straight falls after two falls by the Huskies at 170 and 182 pounds. Josh Bryant (126) gave Coon Rapids its first fall of the evening to take a 12-9 lead.

St. Francis

St. Francis freshman Timmy Wetenkemp went 3-0 at the Section 6 freshman tournament including perhaps the meet’s quickest fall, nine seconds into his quarterfinal match against Monticello’s Keenan Macki. Wetenkemp pinned STMA’s Sam Bong in the finals.

The Saints came up short against Little Falls 45-32 at the Anoka Duals Feb. 1.

St. Francis jumped to an early 8-0 team lead after major decisions by Daniel Worthington (106) 11-1 and Mason Hall (113) 10-1.

The dual saw 10 falls in 14 matches with three in favor of the Saints: Aaron Wilson (132) in 36 seconds; Alex Wilson (152) in 1:19 and Blaine Nordin (195) in 2:51.


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