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Fillmore County Sports: Gopher Wrestling State Bound


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
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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 Gophers didn’t fall, but they certainly didn’t walk through things. The semifinals again offered up a stiff test. Four-seed Goodhue won the first two matches to take a 7-0 lead. Given Chatfield’s strength are their lower-weights; they needed to lead heading into the upper-weights. Down 7-0 certainly wasn’t leading. State-ranked stud Hank Friederichs did what he does and got a pin at 120. A.J. Riley (126) followed with a 3-1 overtime decision victory to put Chatfield in front 9-7. From there, the Goph’s won the next three matches, Harvey Friederichs (132) via pin, Alex Haffner (138) via tech fall, and Ryan Meeker (145) via pin, to take a 26-7 lead. Goodhue then ripped off three straight wins (pin, decision, pin) to close to 26-22 after 170. At 182, and then 195, Sam Fryer and Cody Bly pinned the Gophers into the Sectional finals (in a combined 0:46 seconds). Leading 38-22, the verdict was sealed. Goodhue won the final two matches via pinfall to close the final score to Gophers 38, Wildcats 34.

Chatfield then faced a familiar foe, Kenyon-Wanamingo (who downed Z-M in their semifinal 36-27). On January 17th, the Knights and Gophers faced each other at a triangular in Chatfield, with the home squad getting the win 39-30. Unlike against Goodhue, the Gophers didn’t seed the lead to the Knights out of the gate. Chatfield won each of the first the first five matches to lead 16-0, but, at the same point the first time around with K-W, Chatfield led 23-0. They’d ceded some ground. They gained it back at 138 and 145. Alex Haffner (145 to 138) and Ryan Meeker (138 to 145) swapped weights. Each got wins, Haffner via major decision, Meeker via pin. Given Meeker had lost at 138 in the regular season meeting, Chatfield came out of 145 leading by two more points (26-0 versus 27-3) then they did the first meeting. Four straight Knights wins (2 MD’s, 2 pins) got the Knights back in striking range (down 26-20) heading to 195. Cody Bly then cemented the meet, the Section championship. His pin at 195 gave Chatfield a 32-20 lead. With eight match wins already (of 14 total matches), the Gophers had the tiebreaker locked up. Justin Viss’ pin at heavyweight just put a cap on the tourney. Via a final .....
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Trojan squads end year happily

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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By Paul Trende By the time people read this it will be 2013. For Rushford-Peterson basketball fans and players, they’ll enter the New Year smiling. They ended the Old Year winning. Both did so at holiday tournaments. Todd’s Quick Hands… ..... 
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