A full weekend of wrestling finished with five Cambridge-Isanti athletes advancing to the Class AAA State meet out of the strong Section 7AAA.
Senior Cody Skog was the Bluejackets’ lone champion when he swept his matches at 160 lbs. Skog began with pins in 28 seconds and 1:34 to reach the finals. There, he worked past Anoka’s Njos for a 9-2 decision and his sixth State Tourney berth.
Four Bluejackets made it to State with runner-up finishes out of the 7AAA brackets. At 126, senior Travis Swanson notched falls in his first two matches before top-ranked Tommy Thorn of St. Michael-Albertville won 16-3 in the championship. At 220, senior Kyle Chromy began with a pin and a 12-0 major, then 4th-ranked Caleb Butler prevailed 5-2 in the finals. Chromy stuck Elk River’s Schmitz in the True Second match for his return trip to State.
Senior Dakota Johnson and junior David Kent earned their first State berths for C-I. Johnson started the 195 tourney with a pin and a 3-2 semis victory. In the finals, he had another tight battle with STMA’s Jacob Briggs which the Knight won 3-2. Kent placed 2nd at 152 by stacking a fall and an 11-4 win over STMA’s Jeske to reach the finals won 10-2 by 2nd-ranked Brandon Krone of Anoka.
The Bluejackets had three more wrestlers get close with battles in True Second matches. At 285, senior Spencer Simon got a pin in his 3rd-place match, but tall Adam Blue of St. Francis snuck past him 2-1 in the True Second. At 138, senior Reegan Lane knocked off STMA’s Leuer 4-2 in sudden victory in the 3rd-place match, but Coon Rapids’ Kiyanu Baker tripped the Bluejacket 8-6 in the True Second. Junior Brady Kuntz got a 12-3 major over SF’s Hall in his 113 3rd-place match, then Elk River’s Garrett Caldon advanced with a 9-6 decision in the True Second bout.
“I thought we wrestled well throughout this tournament,” said C-I Coach Neil Jennissen. “To get five guys to State and three more in close True Second matches says a lot when you look at the quality in this section.”
Also placing 3rd for C-I was Carlo Holmberg at 106 who finished with a 15-2 major. Senior James Fredriksen wrapped up his Bluejacket career by placing 5th at 132. Placing 6th for C-I were Monty Fredriksen at 120 and Tanner Torgerson at 152.
• Class AAA Individuals kick off at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Xcel Center. Skog (37-5, ranked 4th), opens the 160 brackets against Owatonna’s Sorenson (30-9), with top-ranked Carlson of Willmar (37-2) a possible quarterfinals foe.
Swanson (33-9, ranked 2nd) drew 6th-ranked Farmah of Eastview (32-5) in his opening 126 match. O’Neil of Prior Lake (27-15) or SC Apollo’s Nelson (26-8) could be next in line.
Kent (33-9) gets top-ranked Herald-Plakut of Woodbury (38-3) for his 152 opener, with 4th-ranked Webster of Shakopee (28-5) a possible quarterfinal match.
Chromy (37-6, ranked 5th) begins his battle at 220 against Brainerd’s Adams (23-5). Owens of Rogers (31-7) or Stillwater’s Hauske (23-13) are quarterfinal targets.
Class AAA quarters start at 6:30 p.m. Friday night, followed by wrestlebacks. Action resumes at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and carries through to the 3rd/5th place matches at 4:30 p.m. and the individual finals at 7 p.m.