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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 of 38-23, the Gophers secured their first spot at state since 2000. They take with them a 29-1 record.

Unbelievable Meets Unconscious

With under 3-minutes to go of the Lanesboro (15-1, 16-4) Spring Grove (15-0, 17-4) boys marquee battle for 1st place in the SEC, Burro guard Erik Peterson launched a 3-pointer. With his team leading 74-65, it, in most cases, could’ve been considered an ill-advised shot. The Burros would’ve been best advised to run some clock. But maybe Erik knew a little more than everyone else. He knew he was in the zone. He might’ve known what exactly that meant. He might’ve known, he’d launched seven other trifectas in the 2nd half, and each and every one had found the bottom of the net. He was on fire. Launch number eight didn’t fall, but the Burros closed the door on the Lions nonetheless. They won the battle of the SEC’s two best teams 79-68. They avenged their only SEC loss (a 67-62 defeat on January 8th) and took sole possession of first place (16-1) in the league (by a ½ game over the 15-1 Lions). They moved their win streak to nine. They ended Spring Grove’s 9-game streak and their unbelievable 39-game SEC winning streak, a run that dates all the way back to February 4th of 2011 when Glenville-Emmons downed SG 66-47. An unconscious Peterson was largely responsible. He had limitless range in hitting 9 of 12 bombs and scoring a game-high 29 points (23 came in the 2nd half). Junior teammate Kole Ruud carried the offense in the 1st half, scoring 17 of his 25 points. He added six assists. Luke Rogers chipped in 15 points and PG Garrett Boggs did a lot of the little things (6 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assists, 3 steals) including giving up open lay-ups to kick to open teammates for open three’s. Senior guard Blaine Storlie led SG (23 pts, 8 rebs, 5 assists). Brady Schuttemeier added 11 points (9 in the 2nd half) and 9 rebounds. The 1st half was hotly contested (5 ties, 10 lead changes). The 2nd half had no ties and one lead change. Peterson hit the first shot of the stanza, a three. It erased SG’s 33-32 halftime lead. It put Lanes in front for good.

Come On Girls

Only the Rushford-Peterson girls, and the R-P coaching staff, know exactly what Terry Pelzl said in the locker room at halftime of the Trojans contest with Fillmore Central. With R-P trailing 27-25, it was probably a soft and tender ‘come on girls’, so as to not ruffle feathers. Or maybe not. Whatever was stated should probably be catalogued and referenced again the next time the R-P gals don’t play their best basketball to start a game. What was said worked. The Trojans didn’t erase the Falcons two-point lead; they rigged the chalkboard with C-4 and imploded it. They began the stanza on a 22-2 run. Defensive intensity was the blueprint. The Trojans full-court trap aided in goading FC into 16 TO’s in their first 20 possessions (42 TO’s for the game). The teams combined for 54 2nd half points. R-P had 42 of them, making 16 of 27 FG’s (59%) after going 10 of 26 (38%) in the first 18:00. Their 16 makes equaled the number of FC FG attempts. Amy Todd and Mariah Mueller played big parts, defensively and offensively. They racked up 12 and 7 steals respectively, 16 and 10 points respectively. Sierra McNamer (15 pts) and Kendra Crawford (11 pts) also reached double figures. The Trojans got the win 65-37. Jordan O’Connor paced the Falcons with 10 points. Morgan Malley (5 rebs, 6 assists) and Sammi Bakke (9 rebs) each had 8.

Malley Shuns Burros

The Lanesboro girls probably knew they needed to stop Morgan Malley to beat Fillmore Central. They just couldn’t do it. The Falcons premier scorer, premier shooter, racked up 18 first half points versus the Burros. She racked up more points by herself than Lanesboro as a team. FC used Malley’s shooting (which ultimately included five made trifectas) to build a 28-16 halftime lead. They maintained a double-digit advantage until the final minutes, where an Olivia Haug FT, and then a buzzer beating 25-footer by Johanna Bearson put the final tally at Falcons 53, Burros 47. The win was only number six on the year for FC, but it could prove critical come Sub-Section seeding. Malley was the only Falcon in double figures. She finished with 25, just another very good performance from the 5’7” sophomore guard. Backcourt mate, 8th grader Kenzie Broadwater, scored 6 points, but had 7 assists running the FC offense. Leah Scheevel and Kaitlynn Aug handled the board work (7 rebounds apiece). For Lanesboro, Haug was the big story. The 6’0” sophomore got the start, but barely cracked the stat column in the first half (1 rebound, 1 steal). She made up for it the second 18-minutes, racking up a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds). Bearson’s late three put her at 10 for the game. Alisa Warnes (10 pts, 6 rebs) also reached double-digits. The Burros offense sometimes ran through junior forward Kaia Hongerholt, who scored just 2 points, but had 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

28-to-1 to 1st Place (Tie)

For one half, the Lanesboro Burro boys battled #8 (in A) Rushford-Peterson. For one half, they broke R-P’s press enough, and hit enough three-pointers, to keep it a game. They went into halftime down 44-34. They trailed by 10, a decent deficit nonetheless, but the score was as close as 40-34 at one point. Plus the halftime score of 2012’s affair was 42-17. Lanesboro was hanging around against the Sub-Section 1A-East favorite (if not Section 1A’s favorite), a team they’ll surely have to contend with again if the Burros expect their season to be truly magical. Fast-forward eight minutes of game clock; Trojan Kyle Johnson hit a 3-pointer to make the R-P lead 72-35. That’s right; R-P went on a 28-1 run out of the 2nd half gate. Turnovers, an issue for Lanesboro (all teams facing R-P) in the first half (they had 15), were a major issue. They had 11 in their first 12 possessions. In a snowballing blink-of-an-eye, R-P crushed the Burros hopes of staying close. The Trojans actually got the lead so high there was ‘running time.’ By a final of 83-55, R-P dispatched with their western neighbor. Kole Ruud had 19 points (four 3-pointers) to lead Lanesboro. Erik Peterson and Luke Rogers each had 9. That trio scored 32 points in the 1st half, but just 5 points in the second half. They did however, with Isaac Freese and Garrett Boggs (the Burro starting five), play every minute until 3:17 remained in the game. Lanesboro has a couple injuries and they lack great depth to begin with leaving coach John Smith to ‘iron-man’ it with his top five. The loss leaves Lanesboro’s overall records at 16-1, 17-5. They are still in the hunt for the SEC crown, as they trail Spring Grove (17-1, 19-5) by just a game in the win column. For the Trojans, seven scored eight points or more; Cole Kingsley (19 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists), Charlie Krambeer (14 pts, all in the 1st half), Austin O’Hare (11 pts, 6 assists), Jorli Hauge (10 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assists, 4 stls), Seth Thompson (9 pts), Phil O’Shaughnessy (8 pts), and Johnson (8 pts). R-P got great news after the game also. Southland downed PEM (15-3, 16-8) handily 87-70. As a result, R-P (15-3, 20-3) moved into a tie for first place with the Bulldogs heading into the last week of boys basketball action. They are in the hunt for a shared, or out-right, 3-Rivers title. The Rebels (14-4, 17-6), Caledonia Warriors (12-6, 15-8), Chatfield Gophers (12-6, 13-10), and Lewiston-Altura Cardinals (11-7, 13-10) round out the plus-500 3-Rivers teams.


02-11 > P-E-M 83, Kingsland 56 (K: Marshall Oeltjen 16. PEM: four with 10+, 12 scored)

02-12 > FC 51, R-P 77 (R-P: Cole Kingsley 16 pts, 9 assists; Jorli Hauge 14; Seth Thompson 13; Austin O’Hare 10. FC: Nick Powell 15; Dan Gatzke/Quentin Case 10 each)

> Mabel-Canton 65, Hope Lutheran 41 (M-C: Justin Ward 17 pts, 5 rebs, 8 assists; Mac Nelson 11 pts, 7 rebs; Hunter Johnson 11; Noah Manning 10 pts, 12 rebs, 8 assists; Collin O’Bieglo 10 pts, 7 rebs. Cougars led 35-12 at halftime, assisted 20 of 25 FG’s, and shot 45%. They snap an 8-game losing skid)

> Wabasha-Kellogg 59, Kingsland 65, OT (K: Quinn Larson 23; Jacob Rindels 16; Marcus Plaehn 14. W-K: Ryan Wolfe 15. Knight Isaiah Bubany hit a 3-pointer, his only points, at the buzzer to send the game to OT)

02-14 > M-C 59, Schaeffer Academy 67 (M-C: N. Manning 15 pts, 6 rebs, 4 stls; J. Ward/H. Johnson 13 each; M. Nelson 10 pts, 6 rebs. SA: Joe Vaughan 25 pts, 10 rebs; Nathan Hanson 24. Cougars are 5-12, 5-18)

02-15 > Caledonia 56, FC 40 (FC: Jake Tammel 20 pts, 6 rebs; D. Gatzke 10; N. Powell DNP. C: Alex Varney 23. Falcons are 3-14, 6-17)

> Kingsland 38, D-E 41 (K: Q. Larson 12; Jordan Meskill 10. D-E: Alex Jech 15. Knights are 5-13, 7-17)

> Chatfield 72, Lewiston-Altura 63 (C: Brandon Adler 16 pts, 8 rebs; Nate Skare 13 pts, 6 rebs; Jayme LaPlante 11; Jake Nies 10 pts, 7 assists; Mitch Irish 8 pts, 8 rebs; Reid Danielson 7 pts, 9 rebs, 5 assists. L-A: Josh Ehlenfeldt 29; Nate Reps 15 pts, 12 rebs; Matt Burfeind 9 pts, 13 rebs. FT’s: C 25 of 37, L-A 14-22)


02-11 > Kingsland 53, W-K 32 (K: Haley Colton 14 (four 3-pointers); Lizzie Tart 12. Knights held Falcons to 6 first half points, led 23-6 at intermission)

> M-C 38, La Crescent 65 (M-C: Lydia Geving 13 pts, 8 rebs; Carly McCabe 13. LC: Katie Waller 23)

02-12 > SG 73, Lanesboro 49 (L: Olivia Haug 17. SG: four in double figures led by Randi Mehus’ 16)

> M-C 53, Hope Lutheran 37 (M-C: L. Geving 19 pts, 10 rebs; C. McCabe 9 pts, 6 assists, 5 stls; Sara Lind 9; Corranda Vickerman 8 pts, 6 assists. HL: Jenna O’Laughlin 19. Cougars avenge two losses to Patriots)

02-14 > M-C 20, R-P 61 (R-P: A. Todd 22 pts, 10 rebs; M. Mueller 10 pts, 4 stls. M-C: L. Geving/C. Welscher 6 each. Trojans are 8-11 in the 3-Rivers with a game to play. They are 13-11 overall. They are Sub-Section 1A-East’s top-seeded and will play the winner of #8 Lanesboro and #9 Schaeffer Academy)

> Chatfield 34, Pine Island 35 (C: Sidney Irish 15 (4 of 5 on 3’s). PI: Nicole Fokken 15 including GW basket with 5.1 to go in game; Cede Finstuen 11 pts including 1,000th of career)

02-15 > D-E 64, Kingsland 52 (K: Marissa Bornholdt 16; Cheyenne Losey 11 pts, 8 rebs. D-E: Sarah Pease 22; Megan Ihrke 17. Knights are 10-9, 13-12 (one game left). They are SS-1AA West’s 4-seed and will play 5-seed Rochester-Lourdes)

> Houston 55, M-C 64 (M-C: C. Welscher 20 pts, 12 rebs; L. Geving 14 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists, 5 stls; S. Lind 10; C. Vickerman 10 assists. H: Abbey Loken 31; Vanessa Lee 16. Cougars finish year 9-9 in SEC, 13-13 overall. They are Sub-Section 1A-East’s 6-seed and will play 3-seeded Grand Meadow. GM won both regular season contests)

> FC 23, Caledonia 70 (FC: M. Malley 12. C: Taylor Winjim 24 (20 in 1st half). FC finishes regular season at 5-15, 6-19. They are Sub-Section 1A-East’s 7-seed and will play 10-seed Houston)

> Lyle/Pacelli 68, Lanesboro 31 (L: O. Haug 12. L/P: Ann Rysavy 20. Burros finish regular season at 6-12, 7-18. They are Sub-Section 1A-East’s 8-seed and will host 9-seed Schaeffer Academy in a ‘pigtail’ game)

> L-A 27, Chatfield 53 (C: MaKenzie Miller 17 pts, 8 rebs. Gophers are 15-4, 17-7 with one regular season game remaining. They’ll finish in 3rd place in the 3-Rivers no matter what, trailing conference champ Southland (19-1, 23-3) and D-E (17-3, 23-3). Caledonia (14-6, 19-7) and P-E-M (12-7, 17-8) will finish 4-5. The Gophers are the top seed in Sub-Section 1A East. They will play 8-seed L-A again. Cale and PEM are the 2 and 3 seeds)

Wrestling (Team Sectionals)

02-14 > Class A > #1 Chatfield 64, #8 Pine Island 10 (Panthers downed 9-seed Triton 35-32 to face Gophers. Jared Goldsmith (106), Ty Van Sickle (113), Harvey Friederichs (132), and Austin Dahl (160) won via pinfall. Hank Friederichs (120) won a 16-0 TF. Alex Haffner (138; 12-4) and Ryan Meeker (145; 8-0) won MD’s. Justin Viss (225) won via 7-4 decision. A.J. Riley (126), Cody Bly (182), and Sam Fryer (195) won FF’s)

> #11 FCLMC 19, #6 W-K 48 (Wolves forfeited first three weights to go down 18-0. After a Niko Anderson decision win at 170, FCLMC trailed 19-27, but they lost the final four weights. Wolves beat Falcons on criteria 34-33 on Jan. 3. Tom Henry (160) won via pin. Alex Fishbaugher (128; 11-3) won via MD. Connor Hanson (132; 8-4), Josh Jones (152; 4-0), and Anderson won via D)

> Class AA > #4 L-A/R-P 26, #5 Caledonia-SG 33 (C-SG beat La Crescent 67-3 to face LARP. Screamin’ Eagles lost first 8 matches to trail 30-0. Andrew Knapcyck (160; 4-2), Jordan Theede (170; 18-3 TF), Nick Hoff (182; pin), Greg Johnson (195; pin), and Nick Puetz (220; pin) all won to pull LARP to down 25-30 heading to 285. C-SG won a 5-3 decision to win the dual. They defeated LARP during the regular season 42-28.)

> #6 GMLOK 20, #3 Byron 42 (After 152, GMLOK led 16-15. They won only one match the rest of the way, suffering two FF, two pins, and one decision loss. Blake Olson (132) won via pinfall. Lucas Roe (152; 17-4) and Wyatt Richardson (182; 10-1) won via MD. Stephen Kassel (120; 9-5) and Parker Hale (138; 8-4) won via decision)

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