Three Bluejackets wrestle way back to State Tourney

At last weekend’s Section 7AAA Individuals in Elk River, Cambridge-Isanti had wrestlers Clayton Jennissen, Travis Holt and Cody Skog earn return trips to the State Tourney. Those three – who all medaled last year at State – will take to the mats at the Xcel Center for the Class AAA Individuals March 2-3.

Jennissenearned his third-straight State trip after opening the 182 lb. section brackets with a 14-5 major before shutting down Elk River’s Beaudry 5-0 in the semifinals. In the championship, he was leading 6-2 before St. Michael-Alb.’s Briggs had to default due to a reoccurring shoulder injury.

Senior Clayton Jennissen earned this third-straight trip to State when he muscled past Elk River’s Beaudry 5-0 in the 7AAA semis (pictured) and won the 182 lb. section title when STMA’s Briggs had to pull out of the match with a shoulder injury. Photos submitted by Amy Jennissen

Jennissen (39-3), a State runner-up last year, will open this Friday against Roseville’s Comiskey (30-5). Waiting in the quarterfinals could be Apple Valley’s Woiwor (33-5) who got past Jennissen 6-3 at December’s MN Christmas Tourney. Moorhead’s Morlock and Mounds View’s Carlson are more big names in the 182 brackets.

Holt (37-5), also a State runner-up last year, began the 7AAA 160 brackets with a win by default and a 9-1 major over Forest Lake’s Paggen. The championship battle had him squaring off against Andover’s Parsons– a State medalist in 2011.

“Travis did a good job staying in position throughout the match with Parsons. He had to have his head wrapped after an early cut to his forehead, but he fought through that and finished off Parsons with a perfect sweep single,” replayed C-I Coach Neil Jennissen.

Junior Travis Holt had his arm raised in victory after decisioning Andover’s Parsons 6-2 in the 7AAA 160 championship match. Holt is making his second trip to State for the Bluejackets.

At State, Holt will open against Tartan’s McGeehan (22-9). The next match could be a huge battle against Lakeville North’s Kalista (36-4). Apple Valley’s Kingsley is the favorite in the other half of the brackets.

Skog (34-5) is making his fourth-straight State trip after placing 3rd last year for C-I (first two berths came while wrestling for Meadow Creek Christian). He won the 7AAA 152 title by opening with two first-period pins, then he stuck St. Francis’ Charles in 2:20 in the finals.

Skog has a big battle in his opening State match when he faces Rosemount’s Jackson (38-3). Apple Valley’s Manville is the top-ranked 152-pounder in the other half of the brackets.


Four Jackets place 3rd

Four C-I wrestlers fell in True Second matches at their weights during the 7AAA Individuals, just missing out on State berths. At 106, Tommy Guy won his 3rd-place match, but Coon Rapids’ Tschida took the True Second 6-1. At 126, Tyler Tischer was tipped by Forest Lake’s Pleski 3-2 in the championship, then Elk River’s Caldon prevailed 2-1 in triple-overtime.

Sophomore Cody Skog made it four straight years reaching State when pinned his way through the 7AAA 152 brackets last weekend.

At 132, Ben Hartnett worked back from an opening loss to take 3rd place, then St. Michael’s Mark Voss won the True Second match 14-3. At 145, Ty Torgerson was leading returning State-medalist Stewart of Andover before the Huskie hipped over for a pin with 20 seconds to go. Torgerson then had a meltdown in the True Second match and had to forfeit to Anoka’s Beamon.

Placing 4th for the Bluejackets were Monty Frederiksen at 113, Robbie Phillips at 138 and Cole Bakke at 170. Taking 5th were Nate Medin (120) and Kyle Chromy (195). Kyle Willette added a 6th place at 220, meaning 13-of-14 Bluejackets placed at the grueling 7AAAs.