|1/24/2013 10:50:00 AM|
Vikings grapplers win home duals
BY CHUCK FITZER
North Branch 65, Fridley 7
Led by Aaron Senne (132) and Zack Sundly (195), each ranked tenth in the state at their respective weights, the Vikings demolished Fridley 65-7 last Thursday, January 17 in a dual meet at Fridley High School.
North Branch Duals
The Vikings hosted and won the North Branch Duals last Friday, January 18. They welcomed three teams to North Branch High School: Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway, Centennial and Grand Rapids. The Vikings rolled over Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway 60-10 in their opening match and beat Grand Rapids 35-27 for the championship in a seesaw battle.
After falling behind Grand Rapids 11-0 after the first three matches, a technical fall win by Reid Johnson (126) a pin by Aaron Senne (132) quickly tied things up at 11-11. Jake Pilz (138) won by technical fall to put the Vikings in the lead at 16-11. But Cameron Sampson was pinned at 145, and the Vikings trailed 17-16. Arik Steele (152) and Sam Peltier (160) lost close decisions, and the Vikings were now down 23-16. Tristan LaBelle (170) won by major decision and Levi Eastwood (182) won by decision to tie things up at 23-23. Jamison Evans of Grand Rapids is ranked second in the state at 182. Grand Rapids moved him up to 195 so he could take on Zack Sundly. Evans beat Sundly by major decision, 12-4, to give Grand Rapids a 27-23 lead.
But the lead didn’t last long, as Eric Bergstrom (220) and Seamus Hunter (285) both pinned their opponents to give the Vikings a win against one of the top teams in Section 7AA.
Cambridge-Isanti Team Duals
The Vikings faced some very tough competition as they went 1-3 in the Cambridge-Isanti team duals Saturday, January 19 at Cambridge-Isanti. Individually, Seamus Hunter (285) had an outstanding day, winning all four of his matches by pin. It completed a perfect 7-0 week for Hunter.
Zack Sundly also went 4-0 for the day, including an 8-3 decision over Dakota Johnson of Cambridge-Isanti, who is ranked eighth in the state at AAA. The Class AA Vikings lost 48-21 to Cambridge-Isanti. The Bluejackets are ranked fifth in the state at AAA and have four ranked wrestlers. The Vikings lost 45-21 to another AAA school, Forest Lake. Forest Lake is unranked, but has three ranked wrestlers. In a test against a tough AA opponent, the Vikings upset Monticello, ranked tenth with four ranked wrestlers, 36-26. And, finally, the Vikings lost to a tough Perham team 43-12. Class AA Perham is ranked just below Monticello and has two ranked wrestlers.