Mississippi 8 Conference Tournament Zach Carlson pinned both of his opponents to claim the 285-pound championship at the Mississippi 8 Conference Championship, held Friday, January 25 at Cambridge-Isanti High School. Connor Bleymeyer (220) finished third to join Carlson as an All-Conference performer. Isaiah Sistrunk (170) came in fifth to earn All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Carlson opened with a pin 47 seconds into overtime over T.J. Duerr of St. Michael-Albertville. The championship match went more quickly, as Carlson pinned Wyatt Kruse of Cambridge-Isanti at 4:31 to claim the Wildcats’ only individual conference championship All four of Bleymeyer’s matches ended in pins. He pinned his opening round opponent and got pinned in the quarterfinals. After pinning his opponent to win his first match in the wrestlebacks, Bleymeyer pinned Toby Dehn of St. Michael-Albertville in the third period to claim third place.
“Zach had a good tourney,” said Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon. “He’s just getting his legs back under him after missing a month with an injury. It’s nice to see him get back out there, get some matches in and get a little momentum as we headed toward the section tournament. Connor Bleymeyer was seeded fourth at 220, so he wrestled above his seed, which is nice.”
South St. Paul Veldman Invitational The day after the conference tournament, the Wildcats headed to South St. Paul High School for the Veldman Invitational. Connor Bleymeyer (220) and Zach Carlson (285) were once again the Wildcats’ top two finishers, with Bleymeyer taking second and Carlson finishing third in their respective weight classes. The Wildcats sent six wrestlers to the tournament and finished eighth overall out of 16 teams.
Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon said “Zach, who is an undersized heavyweight, saw some big boys he had to battle with. He beat one and lost to one. Connor continues to wrestle really well and keeps making improvements. Isaiah Sistrunk came through wrestlebacks to get fifth at 170, which was a good showing. Andrew Novack got fourth. He ran into a couple of really tough kids at 106. It was very good competition for him as he gets ready for sections.”
Team Results 1. Stillwater Area 219 2. Blaine 182.5 3. Lakeville North 171.5 4. Becker 168.5 5. South St. Paul 155.5 6. Eden Prairie 118.0 7. Maple Grove 82.5 8. Chisago Lakes 63.0 9. Park Center 575 10. Austin 34.0 11. North 30.0 12. St. Paul Central 24.0 13. Minneapolis North 20.0 14. St. Paul Humboldt 17.0 15. St. Paul Harding 10.0 16. St. Paul Como Park 8.0