Cambridge-Isanti Wrestling opened the 2014 season by going 4-1 which included a 2nd place finish at Saturday’s Coon Rapids Duals.
At the Dec. 5 Rosemount Triangular, the 6th-ranked Bluejackets began with a 39-31 win over 13th-ranked Rosemount. Winning by fall against the Irish were Travis Swanson (126), Reegan Lane (145), Cody Skog (182) and Kyle Chromy (220). James Fredricksen added a tech fall at 138, and David Kent won by a major decision at 170.
Also that night, C-I downed Bloomington Kennedy 51-18 on the strength of pins from Casey Schlickenmayer (106), Kent (160), Skog (170), and Chromy (220). Adding decisions were Monty Fredricksen (126), Swanson 132), Fredricksen (138) and Jake Pasch (182).
• Returning to the annual Coon Rapids Duals on Dec. 7, the Bluejackets began the morning with a 48-22 victory over Centennial. Posting pins over the Cougars were Swanson, Fredricksen, Lane, Kent, Skog and Chromy.
In the semifinals, Cambridge-Isanti downed 12th-ranked Section 7AAA partner Coon Rapids 32-26. Tate Torgerson got things started with a pin at 106, and Carlo Holmberg worked for an 11-5 decision at 120. A first-period pin by Swanson, a 13-5 major from J. Fredricksen and a 4-2 win from Lane had C-I leading 22-6 after the 145 match.
The Bluejackets kept the Cardinals at arm’s length after Kent shot for three third-period takedowns in a 13-4 major at 160. Coon Rapids then cut into the lead with three straight decisions, including a 9-8 win by Tyler Berdahl at 195. But Chromy sealed the win for the Bluejackets by muscling for a pin in 1:04 in the 220 match.
That set the stage for Cambridge-Isanti to take on Simley in the title bout. The Spartans, ranked 4th in Class AA, opened a 36-3 lead after nine matches and finished with a 45-15 victory.
Simley won by fall at 106 and took 10-6 and 3-1 decisions in the next two matches. C-I’s Swanson ended that string with a first-period takedown which held for a 2-0 win over 6th-ranked Cortez Arrendondo at 126. Simley then added two decisions and two falls to create the large lead.
Kent took the 170 match by injury default, and Skog worked for a third-period pin at 182 to garner C-I’s last points in the match. The Spartans added a pin and two decisions in the final three matches, including an 11-5 win for 6th-ranked Jack Ryan at 220.
Altogether, the Bluejackets racked up 19 pins over the five matches. Swanson and Kent both jumped out to 5-0 starts to the season, with J. Fredricksen, Skog and Chromy going 4-1.