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Chatfield wrestling returns to state


Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The Chatfield Gopher wrestling team is headed back to state. They’re doing so by the skin of their teeth. They had no problem with 10-seed Wabasha-Kellogg in the 1A quarters, but 3-seed Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the semis (not 1-seed Kenyon-Wanamingo in the finals) got as close to beating/upsetting the Gophers as a team could.

Surviving Z-M

It isn’t hard to see why #7 Chatfield (22-1) might have overlooked Z-M (23-7). They did thump the Cougars 46-16 back on January 31. A highly awaited re-match with K-W, the only team to beat Chatfield, was also (likely) on the horizon. The Goph’s got a tense tussle from the Cougars right from the start. At 106, Treyc Van Sickle led Hayden Stensland 7-5 in the third. Stensland notched a very late takedown to force OT. He then racked up a pin, a 9-point swing from the teams’ first meeting (Van Sickle won 4-1).

The Gophers would build a 25-12 lead after 152, getting wins from #5 Jared Goldsmith (113; pin), Jake Mandt (126; 12-4 MD), Ryan Meeker (132; 3-0 D), #1 Hank Friederichs (138; 10-3 D), #5 A.J. Riley (145; 7-5 D in OT over #9 Cody Heitman), and #3 Harvey Friederichs (152; pin). The score in the regular season at the same point was 28-4 though. Z-M had made up some ground. The Cougars then won 160 (13-11), 170 (pin; another 9-point swing), and then 182 (tech fall). Heading to 195, the defending Section champs trailed 26-25. They led 34-10 in January. But ranked wrestlers Cody Bly (#5 at 170, wrestled 195; 12-2 MD) and Jacob Bleess (#9 at 220; 16-2 MD) saved the day. They gave the Goph’s an insurmountable 33-26 lead. Chatfield prevailed 33-32.

Avenging/Destroying K-W

The narrow win put Chatfield (23-1) where they wanted to be, in a re-match with #8 in A K-W (21-1) for a trip to St. Paul. The Gophers hadn’t been at full strength in the first dual. At full strength, coming off a lackluster outing versus Z-M, the Gophers rolled. Chatfield spotted the Knights three points before ripping off five straight wins. Included were a pair of huge ones, a unexpected Ty Van Sickle pin of #8 Jared Clawiter at 120, and a 3-1 OT win for Meeker at 132. Goldsmith (113; 8-3 D), Mandt (126; 3-0 D), and Hank F. (138; 2-0 D) also came out on top.

The Gophers led 18-3 heading to 145. The regular season meeting was tied at 12. Chatfield then dropped a match to narrow (3-2) decision, before Harvey Friederichs and Alex Haffner notched back-to-back pins, H .....
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Seeding on the Line in FC M-C Girls Match-up

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Late season, inter-conference, intra-sectional games, like that between Fillmore Central and Mabel-Canton, have huge repercussions on the post-season seeding process. The Falcons (6-11, 9-12), who already own a victory over SEC 2nd place Spring Grov ..... 
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Burro Milestones

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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Ruud Shatters School Scoring Record Coming into a key SEC match-up between two of the three teams in the conference with winning records, Lanesboro (11-2, 13-6) and Mabel-Canton (10-3, 11-8), Kole Ruud needed 23 points to break Braden Hanson’s al ..... 
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County-County week

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Every year there is a week where the squads in Fillmore County play a lot of games against each other. The week starting Monday the 27th was it. Seven basketball games featured county teams versus each other, and a pair of wrestling matches. One th ..... 
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Winds blow in Marquee blow-outs

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende On a blustery Monday night, Chatfield and Rushford-Peterson basketball fans had a lot to blow their horns about. Their teams took the courts in what looked to be a couple marquee 3-Rivers South games. The 2nd-ranked R-P boys (10-0, 1 ..... 
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Masters' heroics annul Manning's FC tops M-C

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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It was a brilliant three minutes of play. With his team trailing Fillmore Central 53-44, Mabel-Canton senior G Noah Manning hit three three-pointers (a couple from way out there) and added a three-point play in about 180 seconds. The buckets were al ..... 
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Inter-Conference GBB

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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Trojans Tested, Down M-C, Remain Undefeated A pair of teams at or near the top of their conferences squared off in Mabel. The Cougars (5-2 in the SEC, 6-5 overall) hosted the undefeated R-P Trojans (6-0 in the 3-Rivers, 9-0 overall). In the early ..... 
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Still untarnished

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

It’s a good kind of broken record. The R-P boys and girls, and the Chatfield girls, are still yet to taste defeat as the 2013 basketball season turns into the 2014 basketball season. It’s not much a surprise the R-P boys are undefeated (8-0 in t ..... 
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Holiday Hoops

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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Eight local basketball teams participated in multiple holiday hoops tournaments. The Rushford-Peterson boys hosted the annual R-P/Spring Grove/La Crescent/Caledonia get-together. Chatfield’s boys and girls trekked northward to Annandale for the C ..... 
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