C-I wrestlers Swanson, Skog sign on with college programs

Cambridge-Isanti senior Travis Swanson seated with parents Jon and Lori Swanson at his May 7 signing ceremony to St. Cloud State. In back are C-I wrestling coaches Neil Jennissena and Tommy Campanaro, and Travis’ brother, Nate.Photos by Greg Hunt

Cambridge-Isanti senior Travis Swanson seated with parents Jon and Lori Swanson at his May 7 signing ceremony to St. Cloud State. In back are C-I wrestling coaches Neil Jennissena and Tommy Campanaro, and Travis’ brother, Nate.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Cambridge-Isanti seniors Travis Swanson and Cody Skog will continue their wrestling careers after signing on with collegiate teams for next school year.

“The effort both of you put into the off-season was tremendous, and it paid off. Cody capped off his career with a MSHSL State title at 160 lbs. this winter, and Travis just a few weeks ago won the State Freestyle tournament, pinning his way through the tournament,” said Coach Jennissen. “I am very proud of you guys. This was a really great year of wrestling, and this is a good way to end it.”

Swanson is heading to St. Cloud State University where he will join past C-I teammates Clayton Jennissen and Travis Holt in the wrestling program. He was a three-year starter for the Bluejackets, twice earning All-Conference and placing at his two State tournaments. Swanson finished with 86 match victories and 38 falls for C-I.

Said Swanson of his St. Cloud State choice, “They are looking at me for around the 141 to 149 weights. This last season I saw the Huskies defeat Southwest Minnesota State, so they looked good that day.”

“Travis is a very gritty competitor, with great feel for the sport of wrestling. It will be fun to watch him continue his career at SCSU,” added Coach Jennissen.

Bluejacket senior Cody Skog at his May 7 signing celebration to Iowa Lakes CC wrestling, seated with his father and C-I assistant wrestling coach Darrell Skog. In back are C-I wrestling coaches Neil Jennissen and Tommy Campanaro

Bluejacket senior Cody Skog at his May 7 signing celebration to Iowa Lakes CC wrestling, seated with his father and C-I assistant wrestling coach Darrell Skog. In back are C-I wrestling coaches Neil Jennissen and Tommy Campanaro.

Skog will be attending and wrestling at Iowa Lakes Community College of Spirit Lake, Iowa. He closed his high school career with 211 match victories and 75 falls after wrestling two years at Meadow Creek Christian and the last four years for the Bluejackets. Skog reached State six times, placing at three of those tourneys, along with earning All-State Academic this past season.

“Matt Mincey is the grad assistant coach at Iowa Lakes right now, and he graduated from the Gophers after wrestling at Apple Valley. He’s right around my 165 lb. weight class, so I’m looking forward to drilling with him,” said Skog.

Coach Jennissen described Skog, “Cody is very talented and technical wrestler. He will be a great addition to Iowa Lakes CC.”

“This a big deal for our school, for our community and it’s a big deal for wrestling program, because what I think you do is you set the tone for future years,” said District 911 Activities Director Mark Solberg to both Bluejackets. “When you have this accomplishment of competing at college I think it says to everyone else in our program, ‘Hey, I’ve got a shot to do the same thing.’ So congratulations to you two, and congratulations to our wrestling coaches.”

COLLEGE SPORTS NOTES

Cambridge-Isanti was well represented at this year’s Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) track & field championships held two weekends ago at the University of Minnesota-Morris.  Nick Solberg ran to 5th place in the 100-meter dash (11.4), placed 8th in the 200 (24.1) and was a member of the 1st-place 4×100 relay (43.7) for the UM-Morris squad.

Also running for UM-Morris, Kyle Billette placed 6th in the 1500 (4:31.8) and was 12th in the 5000 (17:33). The Cougar men placed 2nd at the finals.

Paige Muehlhauser is a member of the St. Scholastica women’s track & field team which won the title at the UMAC finals. She ran on the 2nd-place 4×800 relay (10:22) for the Saints.

• Also competing for UM-Morris this spring is Cambridge-Isanti grad Emily Sunderman who golfed for the Cougar women’s squad.

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