January 26, 2012 at 8:33 a.m.

NB blasts Cooper, finishes 1-3 at CI Duals

NB blasts Cooper,  finishes 1-3 at CI Duals
NB blasts Cooper, finishes 1-3 at CI Duals

North Branch 57, Robbinsdale Cooper 16

The Viking wrestlers crushed the Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks 57-16 in a dual meet last Thursday, January 19 at Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope. The Hawks led 16-15 after the first seven matches, but the Vikings won the last seven, scoring the maximum 42 points with five pins and two forfeits.

Viking head coach Tony Aho said "this was a nice win for the team. Though Cooper is down a bit this year, we have a lot of movement in our line-up and young guys are starting to step up. We are starting to see great potential from Aaron Senne. Aaron made the cut to 113, which looks to have made him quicker and more aggressive. Mitch Anderson looked sharp in his win, as did Zack Sundly and Jordan Mold. Mold is a first-year guy with an outstanding work-ethic which allows him to learn fast."



Individual Results vs. Robbinsdale Cooper

106 Ben Smith (RC) pinned Kody Strohmayer (NB) 3:22.

113 Aaron Senne (NB) pinned Omar Sanchez (RC) 1:18.

120 Travis Iler (RC) maj. dec. Arik Steele (NB) 19-9.

126 Reid Johnson (NB) pinned Kelly Mead (RC) 1:32.

132 Jake Pilz (NB) decisioned Mickel Christensen (RC) 15-10.

138 Derek Mead (RC) decisioned Cameron Sampson (NB) 7-2.

145 Tyshan Black (RC) decisioned Fletcher John (NB) 2-0.

152 Mitch Anderson (NB) pinned Michael Thoen (RC) 1:10.

160 Patrick Mork (NB) pinned Lenzel Koskela (RC) 1:51.

170 Tristan LaBelle (NB) won by forfeit.

182 Zack Sundly (NB) pinned Ashanti Payne (RC) 1:09.

195 Jordan Mold (NB) pinned David Larson (RC) 0:34.

220 Eric Bergstrom (NB) won by forfeit.

285 Seamus Hunter (NB) pinned Roger Yang (RC) 2:22.



Cambridge Duals

The Vikings went 1-3 at the Cambridge Duals tourney last Saturday, January 21 at Cambridge-Isanti High School. Seamus Hunter (285) won all four of his matches. Arik Steele took first place in the JV tourney against tough competition. Viking head coach Tony Aho said "though we were only 1-3 on the day, the guys really battled hard. Aaron Senne continues to wrestle well at 113 and Reid Johnson is putting together a nice season at 126. We were very impressed with juniors Jake Pilz and Zack Sundly who are working very hard in practice and carrying that intensity out on to the competition mat. Seamus Hunter looks very confident right now and will be difficult to beat as long as he stays focused and aggressive. Congratulations to Patrick Mork, who went 3-1 on the day and moved into fifth place all time in NB wrestling history with 107 career wins. Patrick is really stepping up as a leader and the team is responding well. We are looking forward to the remainder of the season. If we stay healthy, we can still make some noise."

Team Results at Cambridge Duals

St. Cloud Apollo 39, North Branch 30

North Branch 52, Mora 20

Forest Lake 60, North Branch 12

Cambridge-Isanti 56, North Branch 15



The Vikings will wrestle in the 14-team tournament at Grand Rapids this Saturday, January 28.

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