12/13/2012 9:36:00 AM CL edged by Saints, going is tough in NSC
By JEFF NORTON
St. Francis 36, Chisago Lakes 33 In a dual meet Thursday, December 8 at Chisago Lakes High School, the Wildcats and the St. Francis Fighting Saints each won seven individual matches. But the Fighting Saints picked up a few more points in some of their matches and came away with a 36-33 win over the Wildcats.
Joe Virga (160) had a big win in overtime over Taylor Charles of St. Francis, who was a state entrant last year and is ranked in the top ten this season. The Wildcats (4-4 overall) filled all but one spot in their lineup for this matchup, down from four openings earlier in the season. “This was a good, tough matchup for us this early in the season,” said Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon. “There were a couple of matches they flipped on us and that allowed them to come out on top. We are just going to concentrate on wrestling our best in each match and let things finish the way they finish. Right now we are focused on continuing to get ready for the post season in February.” Brainerd Tournament With four wins at the last Saturday’s tournament at Brainerd, Quade Zupko passed Dan Dellwo to move into second place in all time career wins for the Wildcats. Zupko needs just 14 more wins to pass Travis Kammerer to take over first place in all time Wildcat career wins.
“If things go well, Quade should pass Travis sometime in January,” said Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon. “I still think it’s a big deal for a wrestler to get to 100 wins in his career, so it’s really a big deal to get to the 150 mark in wins. A wrestler has to stay healthy and be productive throughout his career to get that far.” As a team, the Wildcats finished seventh in the 15-team tournament. Four Wildcats finished third in their weight classes: Kyle Schoenecker (120), Dylan Connell (126), Zupko (145) and Westbury (285). “Brainerd is a good early season tournament for us,” said Frederixon. “It features some of the top teams in Class A and Class AA. “It’s good test. I feel it’s tougher to win there than it is in our section because of the overall quality of the wrestlers we see. I had hoped we were going to place a little higher, but it didn’t work out that way. What it did do was show us some of our weaknesses. It showed us what we need to do to get to the next level, so that was good, too.” Even though none of the Wildcats finished in first place in their weight classes, Frederixon was impressed with the performances of some of his wrestlers last weekend.
He said, “Dylan Connell came through a pretty tough bracket. He wrestled a smart match against a highly ranked kid from Pierz in the semifinals and beat the kid 3-1. Dylan had a great going into the match and executed everything he was supposed to. And Quade Zupko, Kyle Schoenecker and Jonah Westbury each lost a match and ended up in the consolation bracket. But after the loss, each of them refocused their efforts with a new goal in mind and came all the way back to take third place. That was good to see.” The Wildcats head to Pine City tonight for a triangular with Pine City and Milaca starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 14, they will host the eight team Wildcat Invitational at Chisago Lakes High School starting at 4 p.m. And Tuesday, December 18 the Wildcats will welcome conference foe Fridley to Chisago Lakes High School for a dual meet, that will get underway at 7 p.m.