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March 20, 2019

1/31/2019 3:53:00 PM
Lower weight NB wrestlers show out at M8C championships

Mississippi 8 Conference Meet
The Vikings sent just four wrestlers to the Mississippi 8 Conference Tournament last Friday at Cambridge-Isanti High School.  But those four wrestlers represented the school well and some of them will certainly make some noise in the individual section tournament in late February.

Assistant coach Kyle Kahl said “We had two guys with potential match count issues.  We thought it was better for a couple of other guys’ development if they wrestled in the JV conference tournament instead.  And our heavyweight Brandon Swanson got sick again.”

Ashton Labelle (120) upset the number six ranked AAA wrestler at 120 pounds, St. Michael-Albertville freshman Kalen Amundson, 5-4 in the opening round.  LaBelle lost his next match to freshman Landen Parent of Princeton by a 10-2 major decision.  Parent is ranked fourth at 113 pounds in Class AA.  LaBelle beat Gavin Hajek of Cambridge-Isanti 8-4 in the next round.  In the true third place match, LaBelle had to face Amundsen again.  This time, Amundson beat LaBelle 3-1.  LaBelle finished fourth, but it was an impressive fourth place finish against top-quality competition.  Of LaBelle’s 12 losses this season, ten have come against ranked opponents.

Brandt Bombard (126) also had a tough bracket. After winning his opening match, he lost to sophomore Ryan Scherber of Buffalo, ranked seventh in Class AAA, 10-3.  In his next match,  Bombard pinned Ryun Lund of Rogers in 51 seconds.  He was pinned by Cade Sixberry of Big Lake with 23 seconds left in the third-place match and settled for fourth place.

Josh Logan (132) had a tough assignment in his opening match, going up against Cole Becker of St. Michael-Albertville, who is ranked second in Class AAA at 132 pounds  Becker pinned Logan ten seconds into the third period.  But Logan recovered well, beating Alex Fearing of Monticello 4-0 and Ben Hallin of St. Francis 11-9 to claim third place.     
Skip Nalan Invitational
Josh Logan (132) won the championship at his weight class in last Saturday’s Skip Nalan Invitational in Grand Rapids.  And the Vikings did well as a team.  With four open spots, including the heavyweight spot with Brandon Swanson still being ill, the Vikings finished firth out of eleven teams.  Eight of ten Viking wrestlers placed, and the Vikings went 18-13 in individual matches against some pretty tough competition.

Logan opened with a late third-period pin over Roscoe Markert of Edina.  He decisioned Carter Rettke of Walker-Hackensack in the semifinals. And in the championship match, he squeaked by Caydon Lehman of Grand Rapids to take the crown.

Brandt Bombard (126) opened by pinning Eric Sundquist of Virginia in his opening match.  IN the semifinal match, he went up against highly-ranked Brady Long of Deer River.  Bombard led by four points with ten seconds to go in the match and was on top.  Long executed a move that resulted in a reversal and a three point near-fall to beat Bombard 7-6.  Bombard major-decisioned Braxton Volker of Crookston 13-2 to take third place.

Ashton LaBelle (120) opened with a technical fall over Nolan Campbell of Virginia.  In the semifinals, he wrestled well against Francis Fuenffinger, ranked fifth in the state in Class AA, by a 5-3 decision.  And he claimed third place by beating Dusty Wilke of Grand Rapids 10-5.

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