Jacket Wrestlers back on top of own invite

Monty Fredriksen took the 126 title with a strong third period in the Bluejacket Invite finals, and he got his 50th career victory over the weekend.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Monty Fredriksen took the 126 title with a strong third period in the Bluejacket Invite finals, and he got his 50th career victory over the weekend. Photos by Greg Hunt

After a one-year hiatus taking the top trophy at the Bluejacket Invite, Cambridge-Isanti put 10 wrestlers into the finals to win the championship at the Jan. 4 annual tournament.

The Bluejackets, who moved up to the No. 5 spot in The Guillotine’s Class AAA rankings, totaled 241.5 points to easily surpass runner-up Little Falls’ 188.5 points. Elk River (148) and Grand Rapids (116.5) were a distant 3rd and 4th among the eight teams wrestling.

With the C-I wrestling alumni crowd on hand, Monty Fredriksen turned a reverse into a five-point move in the third period during a 9-3 decision over Little Falls’ Beack in the 126 lb. finals. Fredriksen began the day with a pin and a 1-0 decision.

Older brother James Fredriksen followed with a championship at 138 for the Bluejackets. After he earned a fall in the semifinals, Fredriksen pulled off a reverse and a good ride to defeat Elk River’s Ziemer 4-1 in the finals.

Bluejacket David Kent controlled Elk River’s Osberg for a 7-3 win in the 160 finals at Saturday’s invite, improving to 18-5 on the season.

Bluejacket David Kent controlled Elk River’s Osberg for a 7-3 win in the 160 finals at Saturday’s invite, improving to 18-5 on the season.

At 160, David Kent began with a pin and a tech fall to reach the championship against ER’s Osberg. He led 4-1 after the first period and upped it to 7-1 after the second before prevailing 7-3.

Cody Skog had a little more drama in his 170 championship match against ranked Beamon of Henry-Sibley. Skog was cruising with a 10-0 lead before Beamon shot for a takedown and backpoints. Skog flipped out underneath and held for an 11-7 win. He opened the tourney with two pins under a minute.

The final champion was Kyle Chromy at 220 who pinned his first two foes in the first period, then got the title when Blaine’s Butler had to withdraw from the finals due to a shoulder injury.

Placing 2nd for the Bluejackets in the invite were Carlo Holmberg (106), Brady Kuntz (113), Tanner Torgerson (152), Jake Pasch (182) and Dakota Johnson (195). Johnson led that crew with falls in his first two matches. Kuntz and Pasch added one pin in their earlier matches.

Spencer Simon was 3rd at 285, finishing with two pins on the day. Caleb Brennan also filled in at 152 to place 3rd, going 3-1. Reegan Lane placed 4th at 145, and both Jared Doty (120) and Joel Heiserich (132) were 6th.

C-Is Cody Skog nearly pinned Henry Sibley’s Beamon en route to creating a large lead in the 170 Bluejacket Invite finals. Beamon then nearly stuck Skog with a third-period rally before Skog escaped and held for a 11-7 win.

C-Is Cody Skog nearly pinned Henry Sibley’s Beamon en route to creating a large lead in the 170 Bluejacket Invite finals. Beamon then nearly stuck Skog with a third-period rally before Skog escaped and held for a 11-7 win.

• On Friday night, the Bluejackets defeated St. Francis 49-19 in a Mississippi 8 dual, then they finished off the home triangular with a 49-24 win over Bemidji. Earning falls against the Saints were Holmberg (103), Travis Swanson (126), Skog (182), Johnson (195) and Chromy (220). Netting tech falls were Kent (160) and Pasch (170).

Mississippi 8 Wrestling: East: Cambridge-Isanti 2-0, 8-1; St. Francis 3-1, 8-2; Chisago Lakes 1-1, 8-6; Princeton 1-2, 8-8; North Branch 0-2, 0-7.  West: St. Michael-Alb. 2-0, 9-3; Big Lake 2-0, 2-0; Monticello 2-1, 6-5; Rogers 0-2, 3-4; Buffalo 0-3, 5-7.

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