|1/14/2022 12:54:00 PM|
Mora tourney a good learning experience for CL grapplers
The Wildcats brought five varsity wrestlers to the ten-team Mora Invitational last Saturday at Mora High School. Andrew Novack (132) and Logan Bender (195) each placed second in their weight classes. The Wildcats finished eighth as a team.
Novack beat his first two opponents, pinning Ben Hyland of Andover in 54 seconds and pinning Kenny Erickson of Anoka at the end of the second period. In the finals, Novack and Nathan Nelson of Mora were tied 3-3 midway through the second period. Novack ended up on the wrong side of a throw and was pinned, giving Nelson the championship. “Andrew would certainly like a second shot at that kid,” said Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon.
Bender opened by pinning Jakob Wind of Mille Lacs in 26 seconds in the semifinals. In the finals, Bender trailed Will Budge of Sartell-Saint Stephen 6-1. He made a late surge that just fell short, losing 7-5 and ending up in second place.
While the Wildcats only brought five varsity wrestlers to the tournament, they brought 12 JV wrestlers. For the JV wrestlers, Frederixon said “this tournament was a great opportunity to get those kids some matches and some good experience.”
120 Owen Morley
126 Braxton Bender-Ehlke
132 Andrew Novack
145 Hyden Trupe
195 Logan Bender
Novack’s semifinal win in the Mora tournament gave him 98 wins for his career. There is a good chance Novack reached the 100-win milestone last night’s triangular at South St. Paul High School.
The Wildcats have a busy few days coming up. The Wildcats will wrestle at a triangular at Becker High School tomorrow night starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, they will participate in the St. Croix Lutheran Invitational starting at 9:30 a.m. And on Tuesday, January 18 they will host a quadrangular with Ogilvie, Pine City/Hinckley, and Princeton at Chisago Lakes High School, with the festivities getting underway at 6 p.m.