C-I Gymnasts reach State in nail-biter, Wrestlers denied by St. Michael

The Cambridge-Isanti Gymnasts earned a return trip to the State Team Finals by nipping St. Francis 140.82-140.575 at the eight-team Section 7AA championship Feb. 17 hosted by the Saints. Britta Rud won the Floor with a 9.55 score, placed 2nd on the Vault (9.275) and was 3rd in the All-Around (36.6) to reach the Class AA Individual championships. Joining her off the Bluejackets is Hannah Haight who took 1st on the Beam (9.175) and was 2nd on the Bars (9.0).

The Class AA Team competition takes place Friday, Feb. 24 at the U of M Sports Pavilion, and AA Individuals will be held Saturday evening (both begin at 6 p.m.). Defending champ Northfield also qualified for State Friday night; ‘AA’ powers Roseville and Park of Cottage GroveĀ  already earned State berths this week.

7AAA Wrestling Championship: St. Michael-Alb. 34, Cambridge-Isanti 19

The STMA Knights worked for a third-straight Section 7AAA title and State berth by holding off the Bluejackets 34-19 in the championship bout of Friday’s team tourney at St. Michael. The Knights, ranked 3rd in Class AAA, opened with a 25-0 lead, including taking two swing matches by decision at 138 and 145. The Bluejackets fought back to get within 25-19 on wins from 152 Codie Auren (14-4 major), 160 Travis Holt (10-0 major), 170 Cole Bakke (11-1 major), 182 Cody Skog (8-2 decision) and 195 Clayton Jennissen (15-3 major). Knight senior Nick Edling, who just returned to action from a broken hand, clinched the State trip with a second-period pin at 220.

The C-I boys, seeded No. 2, opened the tourney with seven falls in a 55-21 win over No. 7 Elk River. The Bluejackets then pounded playoff rival and No. 3 seed Coon Rapids 43-22 in the semifinals. Getting pins against the Cardinals were 132 Tanner Torgerson, 145 Ty Torgerson, 160 Cole Bakke, 170 Skog, 182 Jennissen and 220 Kyle Chromy.

Vaughan reaches 3,000-point plateau for Bomber Boys

Needing 19 points entering Friday night’s home game with Rush City, Tyler Vaughan surpassed the 3,000-point mark of his career by scoring 33 in Braham Basketball’s 102-41 throttling of the Tigers. Adding more big points in the victory for the Bombers were Shaun Hollenkamp (21), Anthony Bias (19), and Cameron Braund (10).