Eighth-ranked (Class AAA) Coon Rapids went 2-1, losing 39-26 to Class AA top-ranked Simley in the championship at its own Board Hyland Duals, Dec. 6.
Cardinals coach Bob Adams said the team wrestled tough against a multiple-time state championship Simley squad, but couldn’t match their results in the end. The Spartans won five of six matches to build a 27-5 lead with Mike Jones’ 20-5 tech fall at 113 pounds.
Senior Kiyanu Baker cut the lead to 27-20 after a pin at 1:30 of his 170-pound match. Mike Bothwell narrowed Simley’s lead to 33-26 after a pin, 1:10 into his 195-pound match.
Between those two matches Alex Calerilla, at 182 pounds, lost an 8-7 decision after a near fall helped the senior establish a 6-3 lead in the first period. Joe Bothwell (160) and Josh Bryant (145) each won decisions to keep the score close.
Coon Rapids downed Little Falls (48-21) and White Bear Lake (42-18) to reach the championship match.
Before the home tournament, Coon Rapids traveled north to face Section 7-AAA foe Cambridge-Isanti. The Bluejackets won all three duals over the last three seasons, two draws that were determined on the seventh tie breaker criteria, most first points in a match. Friday night the Cardinals snapped the skid with a 37-19 win.
One highlight from the match was Baker, ranked No. 8 defeated No. 9 David Kent. Kent won last year and Baker avenged that loss at the JJ Classic in November to set up a rubber-match of sorts.
Baker is one of three Cardinals wrestlers to remain undefeated at 7-0, joining Joe Bothwell and Mike Bothwell.
Anoka scored a 42-24 win over Elk River in the home and Northwest Suburban Conference opener that also served as Youth Night, Dec. 4.
Heavyweight Jesse Heifort pulled off 5-4 decision against Bobby Schmitz who is ranked higher than Heifort and beat the Anoka wrestler last season. Tornadoes captain Hunter DeLeon came through with a 6-5 decision at 152 pounds. “Captain Hunter is the heart of our team and always gives 110-percent. He just out-works guys and its fun to watch.”
Tyler Eischens and Calvin Germinaro each scored impressive pins at 120 and 132 pounds, respectively as did Jeremy Rodman at 220 pounds.
The Tornadoes picked up three team wins at Farmington Dec. 6 defeating Osseo 57-19, Rochester Mayo 56-9 and Farmington 45-26,
Anoka picked up nine falls against Osseo including Scott Springer at 106 pounds. Heifort scored the quickest at 1:18 seconds and Eischens wasn’t far behind with a fall at 1:54 of his 120-pound match.
Against Farmington, Eischens and Heifort added a second pin on the day. Eischens’ fall, 26 seconds into his match was the quickest of the meet. Matt Njos scored a fall, 51 seconds into a 170-pound match and Heifort scored his fall in 52 seconds.
Saints tops at Shakopee Invite
St. Francis made it 2-for-2 at weekend tournaments by winning the Shakopee Invitational, five points ahead of host Shakopee among the field of nine teams, Dec. 6.
Saints junior Bo Blanske won the 220-pound title winning three matches by fall, two coming less than 49 seconds into the match. Senior Blaine Nordin also won his three heavyweight matches by fall including a pin of Blaine’s Chris Lachinski in 1:24.
Sophomore Lucas Sherburne (182), Tony Struntz (152) Alex Wilson (145) and Danny Worthington (126) each were runner-up and another six Saints were third in their respective weights.
Tim Wetenkamp defeated Tyler Dahlstrom in the all-St. Francis third-place match at 170 pounds by fall, 13 seconds into the third period.
Blaine scored 61 points to place ninth, 17 points behind Rochester Century as seven Bengals placed among the top six in each weight class.
Junior Malik Stewart was runner-up at 132 pounds, losing to Shakopee’s Alex Lloyd 11-7 in the final. Stewart opened with a fall in 51 seconds against Rochester’s Andrew Swenson and an 8-5 decision over St. Francis’ Mason Hall.
Thursday evening, Blaine opened the Northwest Suburban Conference season with a 58-9 loss to Centennial. Joe Carlson (152) scored a 5-0 decision and Mitchel Schaack added a pin at 3:27 at 160 pounds to account for the lone Bengals points.
Spring Lake Park fifth at STMA Invite
The Panthers came away with a fifth-place finish at the St. Michael-Albertville Invite Saturday, two points ahead of Dassel-Cokato and nine points behind Forest Lake.
Riley Altenburg won the 120-pound title while six teammates placed among the top six in each weight class.
Tristan Wehmas lost in the finals at 220 pounds and heavyweight Jose Aguilar placed third with a 4-1 record.
State entrant Danny Chlebeck was sixth at 145 pounds