Tigers picking up the moves

Young wrestling squad hosts exciting match with Ogilvie

Greg Hunt

Rush City-Braham is a very young wresting team this season, with just one senior in the varsity lineup. But there’s good fight evident on the squad, witnessed in an entertaining Great River home dual with Ogilvie Jan. 6.

The Lions jumped out to an 18-0 lead on three falls between 103-119 before junior Dylan Niemela broke that string with a cradle pin of his own late in the 125 match (left). The Lions took a decision and pin in the next two battles to open up a sizable 27-6 advantage, but the Tigers clawed back again.

Senior Kyle Thomsen shot for a double-leg takedown which turned into a RC-B pin in a blistering 9 seconds at 140. Sophomore Dan Johnson used a cradle to create an 11-5 lead at 145 before he held on for an 11-10 decision. Then 7th grader Isaiah Johnson used a headlock for a 13-second fall at 152 which had the Tigers back in it at 27-21.

8th grader Logan Johnson battled before giving up a 10-5 decision at 160. The teams traded forfeits at 171 and 189, then the Lions put away the 48-27 win with falls at 215 and 285.

• On Saturday, Rush City-Braham placed 9th out of 10 teams at the Mora Invite. Annandale-Maple Lake won the tourney over the host Mustangs, with Aitkin out of the GRC taking 3rd.

8th grader Jacob Lynch had the top day for the Tigers by going 2-1 to place 3rd at 171, getting a pin over Mora’s Tober in his final match. All three Johnsons– Dan, Logan and Isaiah– added 6th-place finishes for the team.

“That was a good back-and-forth match with the Lions. We took some lumps on Saturday at Mora against some very stiff competition, but we are seeing improvement from the boys,” said Tiger Coach Jake Shockman. “It’s nice to see them use the moves in matches we’ve been teaching since the beginning of the season.”

The Tigers host Cloquet in another GRC dual on Thursday– this time at Rush City. The Tigers then head to the 5-team Jaguar Invite in Hinckley on Saturday.