Clash of M-8 wrestling titans
No. 1 Knights beat 5th-ranked Jackets:
Cambridge-Isanti hosted the tough task of taking on St. Michael-Albertville, ranked No. 1 all season in Class AAA. The Bluejackets battled hard, but it was the Knights who won the crucial Mississippi 8 match 43-10 Jan. 18.
“Our kids did not back down from a challenge. There were five matches we lost that were within three points. Four of those matches were against highly-ranked kids: Aaron Dick (106), Mitchell McKee (113), Ricky Briggs (195), and Michael Kessler (220),” commented C-I Coach Neil Jennissen, whose team is ranked 5th in AAA. “Tommy Thorn could not put Travis Swanson away at 126; Travis kept fighting and gave him fits in a 14-6 match.
“I’ve never been prouder of a team’s effort in a loss. STMA is ranked No. 4 in the nation for a reason, and we gave them a great dual.”
C-I’s points came from Travis Holt enduring a four-overtime match with Lincoln Mallinger for a 4-3 win at 145, Ty Togerson getting an 11-7 decision at 152, and Cody Skog rolling to a 9-0 major at 170.
Tight losses to the Knights came in the following matches: Dick over Brady Kuntz 7-6 at 106, McKee over Monty Fredricksen 5-2 at 113, Rostamo over C.J. Schlictman 3-2 in four overtimes at 160, Jake Briggs over Russell Laboe 9-4 at 182, R.Briggs 4-2 over Dakota Johnson at 195, and Kessler 3-2 over Kyle Chromy at 220. STMA also got a pin at 126, a tech fall at 132 and a major at 138 which had them ahead 25-0 after six matches.
Mississippi 8 Wrestling:
St. Michael-Alb. 3-0, 18-1; Cambridge-Isanti 2-1, 19-3; Big Lake 2-1, 7-1; Rogers 1-2, 8-6; Monticello 1-3, 7-11; Buffalo 0-3, 1-9.
4-0 at C-I Duals
On Saturday, the Bluejackets ran the tables at their own Cambridge-Isanti Duals. They defeated Forest Lake 49-14, Perham 47-13, Monticello 47-24 and North Branch 48-21.
In the key section matchup with the FL Rangers, pins came from Kuntz (106), Fredriksen (113), Holt (145) and Torgerson (152). Getting pins against conference partner Monticello were Holt, Torgerson, Tanner Torgerson (160), and Kyle Willette (220)