February 9, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.
The Wildcats faced some quality competition in the Roseville Quadrangular last Thursday, February 2 and finished 2-1 in three tight dual meets.
Roseville 37, Chisago Lakes 32
The Wildcats led 22-15 against Roseville after Joe Virga’s pin at 152. But the Raiders won the next four matches to take an insurmountable 37-22 lead. Jonah Westbury (220) won by major decision and Chase Kammerer (285) pinned his opponent to make the final score Roseville 37, Chisago Lakes 22. Several Wildcat regulars took one or more matches off over the course of the evening as they neared their regular season match limits. Nathan Graeve took advantage of the opportunity to fill in for Kyle Schoenecker at 106 against Roseville, pinning opponent Win Naing Aung in the third period of their match.
The Wildcats won a couple of key matches in the middle of the dual to stay in the hunt. Quade Zupko won 4-2 over Richard Finken in overtime at 132 to put the Wildcats up 13-12 and Carson Velaski (138) followed Zupko’s triumph with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Andrew Vang to stretch the Wildcat lead to 16-12. “We had some close matches in this one,” said Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon. “I thought we would be able to pull it out. But they outwrestled us at a couple of weights where I thought we were going to be able to pick up some points and that left us with too much ground to make up at the end.”
Individual Results vs. Roseville
106: Nathan Graeve, CL, pinned Win Naing Aung, Rose, 5:17. 113: Dylan Connell, CL, maj. dec. riley Sanocki, Rose, 11-3. 120: Tyler Graham, Rose, forf. . 126: December Htoo, Rose, pinned Joe Olinger, CL, 4:41. 132: Quade Zupko, CL, dec. OT Richard Finken, Rose, 4-2. 138: Carson Velaski, CL, dec. Andrew Vang, Rose, 7-6. 145: Matt Allen, Rose, dec. Mark Sontag, CL, 8-2. 152: Joe Virga, CL, pinned Rowan Smith, Rose, 3:45. 160: Andrew Paul, Rose, pinned Mike Shaleen, CL, 0:34. 170: Zak Lind, Rose, maj. dec. William Pool, CL, 15-1. 182: Brandon Comisky, Rose, pinned Jaryd Young, CL, 1:27. 195: Trae Story, Rose, pinned Kevin Schmidt, CL, 0:54. 220: Jonah Westbury, CL, maj. dec. Nick Hayes, Rose, 15-4. 285: Chase Kammerer, CL, pinned John Falkowski, Rose, 2:55.
Chisago Lakes 38, Stillwater 35
Mark Sontag’s come-from-behind pin at 152 was the catalyst for the Wildcats as they beat the Stillwater Ponies 38-35 in the second match of the quadrangular. The Wildcats trailed 23-8 before Sontag’s win. Joe Virga (160) and William Pool (170) both pinned their opponents, as well, to put the Wildcats up 26-23. Jarryd Young (182) and Kevin Schmidt (195) were both pinned in their matches. But Jonah Westbury (220) and Chase Kammerer (285) both pinned their opponents in the first period for a quick turnaround and dual meet win for the Wildcats.
Sontag was trailing 2-0 in the second period before turning things around on opponent Mina Yacoup for the pin at 3:05 of the match. “Mark’s win kind of got us going again,” said Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon.
Individual Results vs. Stillwater
106: Christian Bahl, STW, dec. Kyle Schoenecker, CL, 3-2. 113: Dylan Connell, CL, dec. Wayde Hall, STW, 4-1. 120: Jason Wood, STW, forf. . 126: Austin Jordan, STW, tech. fall Joe Olinger, CL, 0:00 17-0. 132: Quade Zupko, CL, tech. fall Isaac Secor, STW, 0:00 18-1. 138: Austin Anders, STW, dec. Carson Velaski, CL, 7-0. 145: Branden Madsen, STW, pinned Bobby Sontag, CL, 1:47. 152: Mark Sontag, CL, pinned Mina Yacoup, STW, 3:05. 160: Joe Virga, CL, pinned Grant Wohlwend, STW, 4:51. 170: William Pool, CL, pinned David Olson, STW, 4:57. 182: Sebastian Dingle, STW, pinned Jaryd Young, CL, 3:48. 195: Haden Hausken, STW, pinned Kevin Schmidt, CL, 0:50. 220: Jonah Westbury, CL, pinned Derrick Thingvold, STW, 1:34. 285: Chase Kammerer, CL, pinned Peter Palecek, STW, 1:32.
Chisago Lakes 39, East Ridge 30
Kevin Schmidt’s win over Nate Siemers of East Ridge at 195 broke a 30-30 tie and Chase Kammerer’s pin at 285 sealed the win as the Wildcats finished off the evening with a 39-30 over East Ridge. Joe Olinger (126) and Mark Sontag (145) both had pins that helped the Wildcats stay even with East Ridge until Schmidt came through near the end. Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon said “Kevin’s big win pretty much made the match come down to Chase Kammerer at the end, which we like. Kevin did a really nice job against his opponent.”
Individual Results vs. East Ridge
106: Reid Lyden, Erdg, pinned Nathan Graeve, CL, 2:13. 113: Dustin Kluge, CL, forf. . 120: Dylan Connell, CL, dec. Jake Trevis, Erdg, 4-1. 126: Joe Olinger, CL, pinned Bodie Sheehan, Erdg, 1:51. 132: Kiry Koy, Erdg, forf. . 138: Carson Velaski, CL, dec. John Chatterton, Erdg, 4-1. 145: Mark Sontag, CL, pinned Josh Stensgard, Erdg, 1:41. 152: Mitch Hobot, Erdg, forf. . 160: William Pool, CL, forf. . 170: Jon Balagot, Erdg, pinned Mike Shaleen, CL, 0:56. 182: Nate Tigges, Erdg, pinned Jaryd Young, CL, 1:52. 195: Kevin Schmidt, CL, dec. Kyle Siemers, Erdg, 8-2. 220: double forfeit. 285: Chase Kammerer, CL, pinned Sean Kallevig, Erdg, 1:30.
The Wildcats will finish out the regular season tomorrow night in a triangular against Hutchinson and Benilde-St. Margaret’s at Benilde, with the Wildcats and Benilde kicking things off at 5:00 p.m. If the Wildcats beat Benilde, they will clinch their first conference championship in 22 years. The Wildcats will field most of their regular lineup against the Red Knights, but will likely sit some regulars against Hutchinson because of match limit issues. Though the Wildcats are favored to win the dual against the Red Knights, Frederixon isn’t taking anything for granted. “Benilde has a couple of wrestlers at the lighter weights that are pretty tough. But I think if we focus on the task at hand, things should work out fine.”
Team section playoffs begin nest Tuesday, February 14 at Milaca High School. Section seedings have not yet been announced, but the Wildcats will likely wrestle at 7 p.m. If they will, they will travel to Nashwauk for the section semifinals and finals on Friday, February 17. Check out mshsl.org for seedings and match times.
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