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Golden again! Gophers win state wrestling title


Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The 2013-2014 school year won’t be forgotten for a long while for Chatfield Gopher sports fans, parents, students, and athletes alike. Three-plus months after a state football title, a team wrestling championship! Chatfield’s place atop the Class A field is undisputed. They went through highly ranked foes #7 Pierz, #2 Frazee, and #1 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City as easily as one could’ve ever expected. They trailed on the scoreboard twice (3-0 both times), they won all three duals by double digits; a tremendous exhibition of mat dominance.

It started with a morning quarterfinal versus #7 Pierz (25-1, only loss to A-C-GC). At 106, per an injury to regular Treyc Van Sickle, the Gophers went with alternate Maleek Hussein against 6th-ranked Brandon Ortman. Hussein lost by decision (10-4). It was a harbinger of things to come. Chatfield won even when they lost. The unexpected narrow defeat, combined with a Jared Goldsmith (#4) win at 113, and then a huge Ty Van Sickle (#10) first period pin of Brandon Sullivan (#7) at 120, grabbed Chatfield momentum (up 12-3). After a decision loss at 126 (to another ranked wrestler), Ryan Meeker (10-2 MD), #1 Hank Friederichs (7-1 D), #5 A.J. Riley (5-3 OT D), and #3 Harvey Friederichs (4-0 D) ripped off four straight Gopher victories. Riley’s was huge. He trailed 3-2 real late in the third period (0:02), only to get awarded a stalling point. Riley then got a takedown with 2-seconds left in OT for the win over 6th-ranked Kolten Eischens. After 152, Chatfield led 25-6. The Gophers dropped the next three weights, two to decision, one to pin. Heading to 195, the Pioneers had closed the gap to 25-18. But #5 Cody Bly (195) is one late Gopher stopper. His 7-1 decision win meant either Jacob Bleess (220) or Logan Karver (285) had to (at worst) lose by decision. Both won by fall. Bleess sealed the team win with a first period stick. Karver’s first period pin, over 4th-ranked Curtis Brisk, was just a big exclamation point. The final of the dual was 40-18.

Next up was Frazee (#2, 20-1) in the afternoon session. Hussein got it rolling with a 14-3 major at 106. Goldsmith (#4) then pinned 3rd-ranked Tanner Reetz, a huge win. The Hornets took 120; Van Sickle (#10), after leading 6-0, fell 7-6 to 9th-ranked Byron Byer. Frazee also took 126; 10th-ranked Grant Jepson led Jake Mandt 9-0 after one period only to hold on 15-12. Chatfield got through three ranked opponents and to the meat of their order with a .....
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Gopher GBB finishes perfect

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Not too many teams go through an entire regular season undefeated in conference. Fewer trek through undefeated overall. League championships aren’t exactly handed out like candy at a parade either. The #3 in AA Chatfield Gopher girls have accompl ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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
Posted in All Sports

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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