|1/21/2022 1:17:00 PM|
Viking wrestlers host triangular
Three of the Vikings’ top four wrestlers – the four wrestlers who were likely to make it to the state tournament and had a great chance to place – are injured, with one or two f them out for the season. Only Ashton LaBelle (170) – currently ranked sixth in Class AA at 170 pounds – is healthy. “Ashton is having a great season,” said Viking assistant coach Kyle Kahl. “He has managed to stay healthy and really wrestling well.” Due to those injuries, other injured wrestlers and wrestlers affected by COVID issues, only two wrestlers were available for the last Saturday’s Mounds View Invitational, forcing the Vikings to withdraw.
Now for the injury rundown. Five seconds into the beginning of his match against Chisago Lake’s Riley Palmer on Thursday, January 6, Viking Evan Pommier (120) took down Palmer. In the process, he tore his rotator cuff, separated his shoulder, and tore some ligaments. Pommier has had surgery and is looking forward to rehabbing and coming back next season. He is out for the season. Jackson Marcussen (285) has been out all season with a back injury sustained in football, and it’s uncertain whether he will wrestle at all this year. And Brandt Bombard, currently ranked eighth at 160, injured his ribs in a tournament earlier this season. He continued to wrestle through the pain but is currently taking some time off for his ribs to heal before sections. Also, JV wrestler John Robotti dislocated his kneecap at Ogilvie and is out for the season.
The Vikings’ only action last week was a home triangular on Thursday, January 13 against Big Lake and St. Francis. The Vikings lost 69-3 to Big Lake and 78-3 to St. Francis. LaBelle scored the only points for the Vikings in both duals. He decisioned Johnathon Murphy of Big Lake 8-7, avenging a 6-4 loss to Murphy in early December of this season. The earlier loss to Murphy was the only loss for LaBelle (10-1) so far this season. He also decisioned Brady Peltier of St. Francis 5-2. Points for the opponents came from a combination of forfeits and pins, most of which were in the first period.
The Vikings are scheduled to wrestle a triangular at Princeton High School tonight, starting at 5 p.m. And on Saturday, they will head north for the Grand Rapids Tournament, which gets underway at 10 a.m.