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Wrestlers represent


Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in All Sports

With the Chatfield wrestling team already heading to state as Section 1A’s representative, it only figured the Gophers would have multiple wrestlers challenging for individual state births. Given, L-A/R-P, FC/L/M-C, and GM/L-O/K each have individual studs in their own right, it only figured the squads representing Fillmore County (and their respective schools) on the mats would be well represented at state. Figures were correct. No less than 13 county-linked athletes fought their way to fight again on Minnesota’s biggest prep wrestling stage. Naturally, the Section champion Gophers were the best represented.

Joel Viss and his assistants were busy men on Saturday the 23rd. The Gophers had individuals reach the semifinals at each of the first seven weights. Nine total Gophers (of 14 weights) made their semifinals. Winning section individual titles were the Friederichs boys, Hank, the 120-pound champ (sophomore, 42-1 record), and Harvey, the 132-pound champ (junior, 41-2). Joining them was the coach’s son, Justin Viss, the 195-pound champ (senior, 32-7). That trio wrestled in eleven matches, recording nine pins (Hank and Justin won their finales 6-3 and 5-3). Those two were state qualifiers a year ago, finishing 5th (at 106) and 6th (195) respectively. Jared Goldsmith (106), Alex Haffner (138), Ryan Meeker (145), and Cody Bly (170) each made it to their respective finals. Goldsmith (sophomore, 37-5) lost 8-4 to K-W’s Jared Clawiter. Haffner (junior 39-2) lost 3-2 to Z-M’s Mitchell Watkins. Meeker (sophomore, 30-12) won a pair of OT decisions leading up to a 3-1 loss to Lake City’s Shane Siewert. Bly (junior, 37-4) lost 2-1 in 3 OT’s to FCLMC’s Niko Anderson; the third meeting between the two. Anderson won two previous exchanges both 5-3 (once in OT). He owns three of Bly’s four defeats. Goldsmith and Meeker were crowned section runner’s-up without having to wrestle another match. Haffner beat K-W’s Trent Brossard 3-2, and Bly pinned Z-M’s Dillon Downes, in true 2nd place matches, to earn their trips to state. Haffner was a state qualifier last season. Finally, A.J. Riley (126) took the longest route to state. He (junior, 41-3) lost a 3-1 OT affair in the semis (to Goodhue’s Kyle Drehmel), and then notched three straight wins (7-0, 7-1, 6-1), the last in the true 2nd place match, to secure a state seat. Of the nine Gophers semifinalists, only Ty Van Sickle didn’t finish 1st or 2nd (earn a trip to state). He finished .....
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Fillmore County Sports: Gopher Wrestling State Bound

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Gopher Wrestling State Bound Chatfield wrestling came into the Section 1A team tournament as the #1 seed. They were the odds on favorite to win. But a year ago, they sat in the same spot, only to fall to 5-seed Z-M in the semis. In 2013, the Gop ..... 
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Near perfection

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

One point, just one lousy point; it was the margin of loss for the Chatfield Gopher wrestling team in their only defeat of the season. It happened at the first big team tournament of the year (Farmington) on December 1st to (then AA 5th ranked, now ..... 
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Another 48 hours (in the 3-Rivers)

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

In the 3-Rivers conference, on a week-to-week basis, there is no rest for the weary, either on the boy’s side of things, or the girls. The Chatfield guys, via a cancellation and rescheduling, really walked straight into the teeth of the league. ..... 
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Lucky #13 and Lucky #11

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Sports

It takes a very good team to go once through the 3-Rivers schedule without a defeat, to win thirteen straight games. The newly ranked (#8 in A) Rushford-Peterson Trojans boys had a chance to do each. The road to those accomplishments, and to stayi ..... 
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How does the Southern Football Alliance impact R-P?

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Sports

High School Football in the southeastern corner of the state of Minnesota will have a new scheduling format beginning this fall. The twenty five schools that make up the TRC (Three Rivers Conference) and the HVL (Hiawatha Valley League) have combine ..... 
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Big Win Week

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Golden Gophers The basketball season may or may not be living up to its pre-season promise for both the Chatfield squads. Each is talented. Each has encountered some bumps in the 2012-2013 road. But on two separate nights, each shined like Klondi ..... 
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Basketball Blitzkrieg

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Coug’s Down Short-handed Falcons A hectic week of county basketball action began on Monday, where the Fillmore Central girls hosted Mabel-Canton. It’s no secret the Falcons are a bit short handed. The last thing they needed was injuries, ailme ..... 
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No heroics this time

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

The last couple regular season meetings between Lanesboro and Fillmore Central in boy’s basketball were a little bit heavy on the late game fireworks. Two years ago, then junior Zach Olstad hit a shot to give FC a 71-69 lead with 0:06 seconds left, ..... 
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