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State Wrestling: Friederichs Finishes Fantastic Career #1


Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

Kingsland’s Dane Gillespie walks on air (center), as the rest of his teammates (Zach Bubany, Allen Junge, Trevor Schwarz, Clayton Friemuth, Josh Bradley, Logan Back, J.J. Fenske, Julius Wolf) are all smiles. The Knights did the ‘big comeback’ and ‘big upset’ thing in downing Spring Grove. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

There really wasn’t anything else that would’ve been a fitting end. Chatfield’s Hank Friederichs entered the 2015 state individual wrestling tourney having done it all on the mats and elsewhere. Fifth place in state as a frosh. Third place in state as a sophomore. Individual state champion as a junior. Team state champion twice (football and wrestling) as a junior. Chatfield wrestling’s all-time leader in wins. Winning a fourth state championship to close out his senior year, the only two-time Chatfield individual champ, while notching a rare career win milestone; check those too. Hank is the 2015 145-pound state champion. The #1 guy at his weight got to the semifinals via 10-3 and 3-0 (#7 Jerod Novak of Aitkin) wins. Versus Staples-Motley’s Alex Erpelding (38-5), Friederichs led 4-1 in the third only for Erpelding to pull even (4-4). Hank then notched a reversal. Leading 6-5, he rode out the final 30 seconds for the win. It put him in the finals versus #3 Jared Willaby (42-4, Windom/Mountain Lake). Friederichs scored a late second period reversal (2-0). He then rode out most of the third for the 2-1 win. It was number 200 of his career (22 losses), his 43rd this year (1 loss). The defeat came to Sibley East’s Austin Brockhoff to start the season. The state champ was once 0-1. A re-match loomed, until Erpelding downed Brockhoff (quarters). In the end, with two individual state titles and those 200 wins, Hank has household bragging rights. He and brother Harvey (2014 graduate) are one-two on Chatfield’s all-time win list.

Three of Friederichs’ teammates also placed. Jared Goldsmith (#1 at 120), last year’s state runner-up at 113, started with pin. He then fell (5-3) in the quarters to #3 Michael Suda (36-1) of Pipestone on very late third period takedown. Three straight wins (pin, 11-4, 8-6) put Goldsmith again face-to-face with Section 1A title foe #2 Joey Majerus (44-3) of Z-M. Goldsmith jumped out 5-1 and won 8-3 to take third place. The senior finishes the year 43-4. Jake Mandt (#8 at 132) competed at one of the most stacked weights. He faced four ranked opponents, four 30-win seniors. He won his first bout 5-3. In his second, Crookston’ #3 Cody Weiland (32-2) led 3-0 in the third period. Mandt then made the semis by turning the tide, winning 4-3 with a late takedown. Back-to-back losses (7-1, 3-2) to ranked opponents #2 Blane Tschida (44-2, Kimball Area) and #6 Joe Fischenich (35-6, W/M .....
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Six Gophers Head State Wrestling Cast

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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Chatfield’s team wrestling season probably didn’t live up to expectations. The defending state champions just didn’t have enough to compete with the best teams in Section 1A. But at individual sections, the Gophers top dogs and large dudes g ..... 
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R-P Boys Win TRC East

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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It is getting to that time of year. It is the time of year where teams like Tom Vix’s R-P Trojans get their marker out and check off goals set earlier in the season. One Trojan objective, to win the TRC-East, has been accomplished. In yet anot ..... 
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Oh, What-a Rush!

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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The Super Bowl just concluded. Seattle and their ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary were felled by New England. ‘Legion of Boom’ is a spin on Legion of Doom, the former professional wrestling tag team (AKA, the Road Warriors). Using the LOD’s ..... 
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#1 Emphatically

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
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For the second straight week, R-P boys b-ball played a huge #1 versus #2 contest. Nine days after beating #1 in Class AA Caledonia, the Trojans hosted high-scoring (81 PPG) #1 in Class A Minneapolis-North (17-3, losses to Class AAAA teams). In fro ..... 
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Gauntlet Painted Green

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
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If the R-P boys’ basketball team faced one really key stretch of contests this season, mid-January was it. Five games in seven nights, only one at home, versus high-quality competition (minus the services of starting G/F Noah Carlson). With St ..... 
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Tom Vix Gets 600th Win…

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
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Is it possible Rushford-Peterson boys’ basketball coach Tom Vix is just hitting his prime? If you gage it by how quickly he went from 500 to 600 career wins, the answer would be yes. Win number 500 came at the end of the 2010-2011 season. Le ..... 
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County-County Week

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
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By Paul Trende Burros Out-Offense Cougars In the first M-C/Lanesboro series of the year, Burro squads, in their home confines, were offensively superior. The Burro girls turned to 6’0” senior center Olivia Haug early against the Cougars. N ..... 
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R-P Rotary Perfect

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
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This year’s Trojans boys basketball schedule is chopped full of big-time (particularly non-con) marquee match-ups. Over the holidays, #4 R-P took their talents to the Rochester Civic Center for the Rotary Bank Classic. They showed how powerful a ..... 
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