Home-opener win for Jacket Wrestlers

Overcoming an early 15-5 deficit, Cambridge-Isanti wrestling won nine of the last 10 matches to roll over Rosemount 49-18 in the team’s Dec. 7 home-opener.

C-I senior Travis Holt, ranked 2nd at 145AAA, cradled up Rosemount’s Kamal Hassan en route to a first-period pin during the Bluejackets 49-18 home win over the Irish Dec. 7. Photos by Greg Hunt

Brady Kuntz blitzed to a 26-11 tech fall to open the match with a 5-0 Bluejacket lead. The Irish responded aggressively with falls at 113 and 126, along with a 4-0 decision at 120, to create the 10-point spread.

New C-I varsity wrestler James Fredriksen turned the tide quickly when he cradled his 132 foe in the second period. Co-captain Nate Nassif turned his 138 opponent in the third period for a three-point nearfall to finish a 9-5 decision and pull the Jackets to within 15-14.

Rosemount’s Grant Jackson got his team’s last win with a 3-1 decision at 145, but co-captain Travis Holt at 152 put the Bluejackets ahead for good at 20-18 with a cradle pin at 1:08. Ty Torgerson kept the match moving with a 25-8 tech fall– wrapped up in the first period.

Co-captain C.J. Schlictman won 3-2 at 170, then Cody Skog held off Irish co-captain Sam Moeller 7-4, benefitting from a late takedown in the first period to build a 4-1 edge. Dakota Johnson got the clincher at 195 with a second-period stick for an insurmountable 37-18 Bluejacket lead. The match closed with a Rosemount forfeit at 220 and C-I’s Derick DeMars pinning his 285 man in 1:10.

Jacket senior Nate Nassif shot in for a takedown attempt during his 9-5 decision over Rosemount’s Kwame Owusu in the 138 lb. match Friday night.

2-1 at Cardinal Invite

The 2013 St. Michael-Albertville vs. Cambridge-Isanti rivalry kicked off with the Knights handing the Bluejackets their first loss in a 42-15 battle in the finals of the Dec. 8 Coon Rapids Invite.

The Knights, ranked 2nd in Class AAA, got a McKee third-period pin to start the match, but two close matches followed with STMA taking 3-2 and 4-3 decisions. State-champ Tommy Thorn and Tanner Millers then rocked with first-period falls. After consecutive majors were won at 138 and 145, STMA already was leading 28-0.

The Bluejackets, ranked 3rd in ‘AAA,’ broke through with consecutive decisions won by Holt (5-2 against 3rd-ranked Lincoln Mallinger), Skog (8-4) and Torgerson (4-1). C-I’s final points came from Johnson’s second-period fall at 195. Kyle Chromy and DeMars battled well– giving up two 6-point decisions– against ranked Knights at 220 and 285.

“Our kids fought hard against STMA– we were very respectable against the 5th-ranked team in the nation. Clearly, we have things to improve on, but this dual was a very good starting point,” noted C-I Coach Neil Jennissen.

The Bluejackets (9-1) opened the Cardinal Invite with a 61-9 ripping of Mounds View. Travis Swanson (125), Fredriksen (132), Nassif (138), Holt (152), Torgerson (160) and Johnson (195) all won by fall.

In the semis, the C-I boys knocked off 13th-ranked Lakeville North 53-14. Posting pins were Monty Fredriksen (113), Seth Anderson (120), J. Fredriksen (132), Skog (170), and DeMars (285).

MN Christmas Tourney this weekend

The Bluejackets will join the vaunted field in the 34-team Minnesota Christmas Tournament at the Rochester Civic Center. Wrestling gets underway 2 p.m. Friday, then 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Finals are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.