The St. Michael-Albertville vs. Cambridge-Isanti wrestling rivalry has enjoyed many great battles over the years, and Friday’s conference title tilt lived up to its billing when the Knights made it six-straight crowns with a 29-24 win at CIHS.
“It was a very exciting dual between two of the best teams in the state. I think the fans got their money’s worth!” said C-I Coach Neil Jennissen. “I was very proud of our kids’ effort. We improved a lot this season to stay with the Knights, and we are hoping for another match with them in the Section 7AAA tourney.”
C-I’s Carlo Holmberg started the night with a strong finish for a 3-2 decision at 106. At 113, the difference in the match was a clasping penalty call which wiped away backpoints from Brady Kuntz, sending STMA’s Aaron Dick to a 4-3 win. Monty Fredriksen got those points right back by finishing an overtime scramble with a nearfall for a 6-3 Bluejacket decision at 120.
The 126 match between the top-ranked duo of Mitch McKee and C-I’s Travis Swanson was a 4-2 muscle fest finished by a McKee takedown in overtime. A pin from top-ranked Tommy Thorn, a 7-6 decision, a tech fall and a 12-9 decision pushed the Knights ahead 23-6 after the 152 bout.
David Kent at 160 broke that string with a late throw and backpoints for a 13-7 win. Cody Skog gripped and ripped a second-period pin at 170 as the deficit shrunk to 23-15.
But the Knights’ Evan Foster took a 3-1 OT win at 182, and Jake Briggs held for a 3-1 win at 195 to clinch the title. C-I wrapped up the show with Kyle Chromy’s quick stick at 220, and Spencer Simon winning 9-3 at 285.
• Jared Doty took 1st at 120, and Josh Schuster won his 160 true-second match as both advanced to this weekend’s Grade 9 State Wrestling tourney. More Bluejackets placing at last weekend’s section tourney were Tate Torgerson (3rd at 96), Casey Schlickenmayer (3rd at 106), Richard Durant (4th at 100), Jeremy Jorgenson (6th at 126) and Caleb Bucks (6th at 138).
TONY NELSON DAY AT GOPHER WRESTLING
The Sunday, Feb. 9 U of M wrestling match with Penn State will be “Tony Nelson Community Day” at the Sports Pavilion. Tickets are $5 each, and C-I Coach Neil Jennissen has a block of 50 tickets available (763-689-6045). A fan bus will leave the Isanti Community Center at 10:30 a.m. Nelson, a senior, is ranked 4th in the nation at 285.
Mississippi 8 Wrestling: East: Cambridge-Isanti 4-1, 16-3; St. Francis 3-2, 11-9; Chisago Lakes 2-2, 9-7; Princeton 1-4, 8-11; North Branch 0-4, 1-15. West: St. Michael-Alb. 5-0, 17-3; Monticello 4-1, 9-7; Big Lake 2-2, 2-2; Rogers 2-3, 14-5; Buffalo 0-4, 7-13.