Cambridge-Isanti wrestlers challenged a stacked field of 28 teams to finish in 7th place at the Dec. 29-30 Rumble on the Red invite hosted at the Fargodome. The Bluejackets finished with four medalists and 137 points to place behind invite champ Scott West (207) and runner-up Albert Lea (190.5).
Clayton Jennissen led the C-I contingent by placing 2nd at 182 lbs. Jennissen began the tourney with three falls before decisioning Totino-Grace’s Benick 7-4 in the semis for his 150th career victory. West Fargo’s Lehmann then majored the Jacket 11-2 in the championship.
Travis Holt at 160 and Cody Skog at 152 both placed 5th for the Jackets. Holt opened with three straight falls and an 8-4 OT decision before dropping a 9-7 decision to eventual champ Vancura of Jackson Co. Central. Holt rallied to win the 5th-place match 4-3 over Minneota’s Lessman.
Skog strung a fall, 9-1 major and 9-4 decision to reach the semis where Medford’s Maas prevailed 9-1. Skog came back to take his 5th-place match 5-3 over Skiens of Service H.S.
Ty Tischer was the final Jacket to medal when he placed 6th at 136. Tischer had two pins and a major before falling 4-3 in OT to Scott West’s Zilverberg.
More leading Bluejacket varsity wrestlers at the Rumble: C.J. Schlichtman (3-3 at 138), Ty Torgerson (3-2 at 145), Cole Bakke (3-2 at 170).
• The Jacket JV ran away with its team title at the Rumble, led by Robbie Phillips (138), Nate Nassif (145) and Derick DeMars (285) winning their weights.
• The Bluejackets host a huge weekend at the CIHS gym when 12th-ranked 7AAA foe Anoka comes to town Jan. 6. On Saturday is the annual Bluejacket Invite with Prior Lake, Little Falls and Grand Rapids among the tough teams entered. C-I wrestling alumni are invited to be recognized prior to the 4 p.m. finals, with social at Sidelines following the tourney.