Lakers take invite title from Bluejacket Wrestlers
Prior Lake snapped the Cambridge-Isanti wrestlers’ title streak at the Bluejacket Invite by racking up 238 points to C-I’s 196 in the annual gathering hosted at CIHS on Saturday. Fourteenth-ranked Little Falls was a distant 3rd, and Henry-Sibley took 4th amid the eight teams competing.
“It was a little disappointing not to be able to win our Bluejacket Invite again, but we couldn’t put our whole lineup on the mat. And that was the difference,” said C-I Coach Neil Jennissen. “We had to hold two kids out for match count, and we had two kids out with injuries. So four starters out against Prior Lake was just too much. They were 3rd at State last year and are ranked 4th just behind us this year. We out-pointed them at the Christmas Tournament, so they kind of got us back. We’re two pretty even teams, but when we’re running four horses short, we’re not going to keep up with them. They wrestled a great invite with nine kids in the finals and seven champions.”
Travis Holt upped his season record to 23-1 by winning the 152 lb. title at the Jacket Invite, posting two pins and burning Henry-Sibley’s Beaman for a 21-6 tech fall in the finals. Cody Skog (20-3) won the 170 championship with two pins then majoring the Lakers’ Schultz 11-3 in the finals.
The Bluejackets’ upper weights were well-represented in the placing list. Dakota Johnson was 2nd at 195 with a 2-1 day. losing in the finals to the Lakers’ Hart. Kyle Chromy placed 3rd by going 3-1 at 220, and both Russell Laboe at 182 and Derick DeMars at 285 finished 2-2 for 4th place.
“We have a pretty balanced lineup overall. We put a pretty strong kid out at every weight. In the upper weights, Dakota’s been a real steady performer. He knocked off another ranked kid from Little Falls at the Invite,” said Coach Jennissen. “Kyle Chromy has a lot of potential, and we’re excited about what he can do. DeMars gives it all he’s got at 285. He’s a steady, experienced wrestler overall, but he has to overcome a height advantage in most matches– but he battles.”
Tommy Guy at 126 also finished 2nd as Little Falls’ Jenks prevailed in the finals. Additional 3rd places for C-I came from Brady Kuntz at 103, Nate Nassif at 138 and Codie Auren at 160– all going 3-1 in their brackets.
At the same tourney, the Bluejacket JV defeated Little Falls in the championship of their dual-meet brackets.
• On Friday night, Jan. 4, the Bluejackets swept home matches from Rogers (62-9) and St. Francis (48-26). Picking up pins against the Saints were Travis Swanson, David Kent, Skog, Laboe and Johnson.
The C-I wrestlers head back to the tough Kiffmeyer Duals this Saturday at St. Cloud Tech where they could run into the likes of top-ranked St. Michael and 6th-ranked Albert Lea.
RC-Braham 8th at Mora
The Rush City-Braham wrestlers placed 8th at the Jan. 5 Mora Invite won by St. Francis. Isaiah Johnson was 2nd at 182, Jacob Lynch placed 3rd at 220, and James Kelling was 4th at 132 to lead the Tigers.
The RC-B Tigers host Great River duals with Ogilvie Jan. 10 and Cloquet Jan. 15. In between, the team will compete at Saturday’s Pine City-Hinckley Invite.