12/20/2012 9:26:00 AM CL wins two duals as Zupko nears record
By CHUCK FITZER.
Chisago Lakes 71, Mille Lacs 6 After Mille Lacs won the opening match by a forfeit, it was all Wildcats as they overwhelmed Mille Lacs 70-6 last Thursday, December 132 at the Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson Triangular. Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon said “Mille Lacs is down a little this year. They have had tough teams we’ve gone against before that night. We had them outmanned and outgunned. Quade Zupko beat their best kid at 145 and after that there wasn’t much left for them to get.” Chisago Lakes 54, Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson 21 In their second match at the triangular, the Wildcats had their way with the home team from Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson. After Pine City opened the match with a win at 106, the Wildcats won four matches in a row to take a 24-6 lead and never looked back. Chisago Lakes Holiday Tournament The Wildcats finished second to Goodhue at the eight-team Chisago Lakes Holiday Tournament held last Friday, December 14 at Chisago Lakes. Quade Zupko (145) and Mark Sontag (152) were named the tournament co-MVPs by the other teams’ coaches. Six Wildcats finished in first place in their respective weight classes – Kyle Schoenecker (120), Dylan Connell (126), Zupko, Sontag, Joe Virga (160) and Jonah Westbury (285). “Quade has won this tourney in all four years of the tourney’s existence,” said Frederixon. “He just dominated his bracket from start to finish. And Mark had to wrestle a tough semifinal match and an extremely tough final match, against Mitchell Breuer of Goodhue, in order to win his title. Breuer is ranked eighth at 152 in Class A. Both of our guys were outstanding choices as MVP. They both wrestled really well. As a team, we had eight wrestlers make it to the championship matches and Goodhue pretty much matched us. We wrestled about as well as we could all night and the last round ended with six champions out of the eight matches. So we had a pretty good run in the finals.” Zupko Watch Quade Zupko’s five wins – one versus Mille Lacs, one versus Pine City and three at the Chisago Lakes Holiday tournament – give him 162 for his career, just 8 short of Travis Kammerer’s all-time record of 170. The Wildcats (7-4 overall in dual meets) wrestle at Spring Lake Park tonight at 7:30 p.m. After that, they’ll be off a couple of weeks for the holidays.