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Wolves host holiday tourney

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
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Twelve wrestling teams descended upon Fillmore Central Middle School in Preston for the FCLMC Wolves annual Holiday Tournament (moved from Harmony due to the floor being re-done). In the end, last year’s team champion repeated, Chatfield and FCLMC combined for 12 finalists, and seven walked away with titles. The Gophers won the team championship for the second consecutive year, beating out nearest competitor P-E-M 195 to 153.5.

Five Goph’s took first, as the championship mat entertained one white and maroon singlet after another. Frosh Ty Van Sickle (11-2, #10 at 120) dominated, winning all three of his matches via first period pin. Eighth grader Jake Mandt (also 11-2) then took the mat at 126 and was also impressive, winning without too much trouble (first period pin, 9-1 MD, first period pin). At 138, top ranked Hank Friederichs (Jr. 12-1) did what Hank does and pinned his way to a title. Hank’s only loss of the year it to #1 in AA Brady Berge of K-M.

One weight later, the showcase of Gophers continued and the showcase of FCLMC Wolves began. Chat’s A.J. Riley (Sr. 9-1, #8 at 145) scored a 9-2 decision over FC’s Andy Love (Sr. 9-2) for the title. At 152, a Gopher and a Wolf again went head-to-head. Chatfield’s third-ranked Harvey Friederichs (Sr. 13-0) squared off against FCLMC’s Connor Hanson (Sr. 10-0) in a battle of undefeated’s. Hanson’s tourney had already been of note. He scored his 100th career victory in an opening round win. However, Harvey F. nixed any ideas for a perfect day by narrowly downing Connor via 4-3 decision.

At 160 and 170, Alex Haffner (Sr. Chatfield) and Tom Henry (Sr. FCLMC) each took second, losing to Thomas Miller (8-6 dec.) and #4 in A Sam McPhail of Pine Island (10-3 dec.) respectively. FCLMC’s Niko Anderson (Sr. 11-0 #1 at 170) then finally got the Wolves a first place, winning 5-2 in the 182-pound finals. Like Hanson, Anderson also notched his 100th career win with an opening round pin. Monty Holm (Sr. 11-0) got FCLMC a second title. The 195-pounder was also dominant, wrestling just twice (first round bye), a 17-3 MD in the semis and then, after a couple emphatic takedowns, a pin in the finals.

For both Anderson and Holm, it is their second tourney title in as many tries (La Crosse Logan Invite). Finally, Chatfield’s Jacob Bleess (220) rounded out the championship competitors. Bleess got to the finals with a big win over GMLOK’s Wyatt Richardson (#6 at 195). Richardson beat Bleess just two days earlier via decision. Bleess then fell to PI’s 5th-ranked 220-pounder Zach Kennedy 5 to 1. Richardson took 3rd, as did Chatfield’s Treyc Van Sickle (106). Dover-Eyota, Hayfield, Decorah, Stewartville, Winona-Senior, Irondale, and La Crescent were the other seven unnamed teams to compete.

Still Spotless

All three county teams to enter the last week of basketball action before Christmas undefeated will go to Christmas undefeated. Brian Baum’s Lady Gophers had little trouble keeping their record spotless. They downed Wabasha-Kellogg 62-33 to move their records to 5-0 (3-Rivers) and 6-0 (overall). The Gophers depth has been key this season and they again got deep scoring versus the Falcons. Kirsten Keefe and Maddy Larrabee each had 10, Sydney Gould, Maddie Talamantes, and Maddy Kammer each eight. Four other Goph’s also scored. Chatfield (5-0, 6-0) is tied atop the 3-Rivers South with Rushford-Peterson.

The Trojan gals continued the winning ways (5-0, 8-0), taking out Houston and Lewiston-Altura without much fuss. Diminutive forward Keela Brand was the story versus the Hurricanes. The 5’3” senior recorded a triple double, scoring 11 points (5-6 FGs), grabbing 14 rebounds, and coming up with 10 steals. Kendra Crawford led R-P in with 19 points (8-12 FG’s). Freshman Brianna Koop continued her good play (15 pts, 6-8 FG’s, 7 rebs). The Trojans jumped out 34-4 at halftime and prevailed 58-20. R-P forced 33 Houston turnovers. Anna Sweet had 6 points and 6 rebounds for the ‘Canes. The story was much the same against the Cardinals. R-P led 38-12 at halftime enroot to a 65-18 rout of L-A. Crawford (18 pts, 6 assists, 8 stls), Koop (16 pts, 6-10 FG’s), and Brand (just 4 pts, but 8 rebs, 6 assists, and 5 stls) were again big. Hope Morrison also reached double figures with 13. The Trojans had a season low 9 turnovers. Crawford had just one with her six assists (6:1 ratio).

Meanwhile, the R-P boys got three wins total, two versus county foes. Mabel-Canton was no match for Tom Vix’s crew. The Trojans downed the Cougars 79-39. Charlie Krambeer hit five-three’s and had a team high 17 points, Seth Thompson was 6 for 6 from the field in scoring 12 points, and Jorli Hauge added 10 and 6 rebounds. Cole Kingsley had 8 assists. M-C was led by Justin Ward (12 pts) and Hunter Johnson (10). The Trojans then trekked to Chatfield for probably their biggest challenge to date. In the early going, it was all about defense as the teams felt each other out. Midway through the half, Kingsley generated some offense for R-P. He had eight points in a 10-2 Trojan run that broke up a 7-7 tie. R-P used that spurt to go to half up 26-16. In the second half, R-P led by as many as 15 (35-20). The Gophers cut that lead to seven (39-32). An 8-0 Trojan run again pushed the lead to 15 (47-32). Chatfield got more and more frantic as the clock ticked away. They scored on seven of their last nine possessions, but the Trojans offset that effort by making 9 of 11 free throws down the stretch. Seth Thompson was 6-6 and scored all 14 of his points in the final 7 minutes. In the end, the Trojans got the win by a final of 58-47. Kingsley also had 14 points. Jayme LaPlante, after a 1-point 1-field-goal-attempt first half, finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds. R-P then finished off the week by downing Lewiston-Altura 71-36. Krambeer hit a season high six trifectas and netted a game-high 19. Eleven other Trojans found the scoring column. Kingsley had 9 and 6 assists. R-P leads the South (7-0, 8-0 overall) over Caledonia (6-1 in league/overall).


FCLMC wrestlers Niko Anderson and Connor Hanson both reached the 100 win total threshold with victories in the first round of the Wolves Holiday Wrestling Tournament. Anderson and teammate Monty Holm each won their respective weights (182/195). Chatfield won the team portion of the tourney with five first place finishers, Ty Van Sickle (120), Jake Mandt (126), Hank Friederichs (138), A.J. Riley (145), and Harvey Friederichs (152). Also on the mats, LARP got a team victory over St. Charles to move to 7-1 on the season. R-P’s five-foot-three inch forward Keela Brand had a triple double (11 pts, 14 rebs, 10 stls) in a win over Houston. Kole Ruud scored his 1000th point in a Burro win over Grand Meadow. Luke Rogers hit nine of 12 three-pointers including six of seven in the second half enroot to a career-high 29 points and Garrett Boggs added a career-best 19 in that comeback victory. Ruud and Rogers then had 22 and 21, and then 21 and 18, in wins over L-A and G-E. The 3-0 week has the Burro boys out to a 6-1 start to the season (5-1 in the season). Mabel-Canton’s boys are off to 4-1 start to the conference season (5-3 overall). Both squads trail Spring Grove (7-0, 9-0) in the SEC East. Lydia Geving had 26 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 steals as M-C’s girls beat Houston. The M-C girls are also out fast (4-1 in SEC, 5-2 overall). They also trail Spring Grove (5-0, 6-0) in the East. FC’s Nick Powell had a career high 27 points plus 10 rebounds in a loss at St. Charles.

Boys Basketball


Grand Meadow 64, Lanesboro 77 (L: L. Rogers 29 pts (9-12 three’s); G. Boggs 19 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists; K. Ruud 17 pts, 7 rebs; Liam Dorn 13 rebs, 5 assists. GM: Landon Jacobson 16 pts, 14 rebs, 7 assists; Trenton Bliefus 22 pts, 8 rebs. GM led ¾ of game. Down 53-50, Lanesboro went on a 21-2 run late to take control)


Lanesboro 56, Lewiston-Altura 50 (L: K. Ruud 22; L. Rogers 21 pts, 11 rebs)

Chatfield 63, Caledonia 73 (Chat: Jayme LaPlante 23 pts (9-13 FG’s), 12 rebs; Nate Skare 20 pts (4-9 3’s), 7 rebs, 5 assists; Christian Bance 11)

FC 63, GM 57 (FC: Nick Mensink career-high 19 pts (7-10 FG’s), 6 rebs; Quentin Case 16 pts (5-9 FG’s, 6-8 FT’s), 8 rebs, 6 assists; N. Powell 14 pts)

Kingsland 54, Spring Grove 62 (K: Jacob Rindels 24. SG: Alex Engelhardt 22)


Glenville-Emmons 42, Lanesboro 84 (L: K. Ruud 21 pts, 9 rebs; L. Rogers 18; Matt Luck 12; Tylar Miller 11)

Chatfield 62, W-K 50 (C: C. Bance 18; N. Skare 14 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists. W-K: Ben Glomski 17. Goph’s are 2-3, 3-3 overall)

LeRoy-Ostrander 46, M-C 61 (M-C: H. Johnson 18 pts, 5 rebs, 5 stls; Noah Manning 14 pts, 8 rebs; J. Ward 10 pts, 8 rebs. Cougars help trigger 30 Card turnovers)

FC 36, P-E-M 98 (FC: N. Powell 12)

Lyle/Pacelli 57, Houston 36 (Hurricanes are 3-3 in the SEC, 3-4 overall)

Kingsland 49, Cotter 59

12-20 > FC 69, St. Charles 73 (FC: N. Powell 27 pts, 10 rebs; Logan Masters 14 pts, 6 assists. SC: Devin Decker 27. Half: SC 51, FC 48. FC is 2-4, 4-4)


Kingsland 51, Lourdes 70 (K: J. Rindels 16. R-L: Jacob Schaeffer 31. Knights are 1-6 in 3-Rivers, 2-9 overall)

Girls Basketball


Spring Grove 64, Lanesboro 25 (L: Olivia Haug 6 pts, 7 rebs. Burros are 1-3, 1-7)

Houston 41, M-C 62 (M-C: L. Geving 26 pts, 8 rebs, 8 assists, 5 stls; Carly McCabe 17 pts. H: Abbey Loken 22 pts, 10 rebs)


Cotter 61, Kingsland 50 (K: Marissa Bornholdt 14 pts, 7 rebs; Haley Colton 10 pts, 5 assists)

St. Charles 40, Fillmore Central 49 (FC: Morgan Malley 15; Kendyl Bennett 10. Falcons are 2-3 in league/overall)


L-O 38, M-C 46 (M-C: L. Geving 16; Hannah Nolte 10; C. McCabe 10. L-O: Becca Bunne 19)

Lyle/Pacelli 85, Houston 24 (H: A. Loken 11 pts, 8 rebs. Hurricanes are 3-2, 4-4)


Kingsland 27, Lourdes 69 (K: Kailynn Hamersma 8. Knights are 1-4, 1-7 overall)



FCLMC 24, P-E-M 48 (Wolves FF’ed first three weights, won six of 11 actual matches. Bulldogs won their five via pin. M. Holm (195) and Jacob Thomas (285) had pins for FCLMC. Alex Fishbaugher (132; 5-1), Gabe Decker (138; 7-2), C. Hanson (152; 7-2), and N. Anderson (182; 7-1) won decisions); FCLMC 35, Rochester-Mayo 48 (Wolves FF’ed first three weights. They won six of the 11 actual matches. Spartan wins were all pins. Fishbaugher (132), Hanson (152), Anderson (182), and Holm (220) had pins, Walker Ward (195) a FF, and Love (145) a 6-2 decision. Wolves are 2-3 in duals)

GMLOK 3, #3 in A Chatfield 62 (Bulldogs FF’ed 113, 126, 138, & 195. Gopher pins: Ty Van Sickle (120), Ryan Meeker (132), and Logan Karver (285). MD’s: A.J. Riley (145; 9-1) and Harvey F. (152; 11-2). Dec’s: Treyc Van Sickle (106; 9-2), A. Haffner (160; 9-6), Ethan Wright (170; 5-2), Dalton Lundy (182; 6-4). W. Richardson (220; 3-1) had GMLOK’s only win)

LARP 33, St. Charles 27 (Saints led 21-9 heading to 160. Jackson Riebel (160; pin), #1 in AA at 170 Jordan Theede (9-4 dec), Andrew Knapczyk (182; FF), Dominick DePestal (195; pin), and Cody Nahrgang (220; 9-3 dec) then won five straight (33-21) for the win. Justin Mueller (113; 5-4 dec) and McCoy Tekautz (126; FF) also notched victories. LARP is 7-1 on the season)


Chatfield 58, Goodhue 15 (Gopher pins: Treyc V.S (106), Ty V.S. (120), Hank F. (138), Harvey F. (152), A. Haffner (160), E. Wright (170), Jayton Nizbit (195), and J. Bleess (220). MD’s: A.J. Riley (145; 14-3). Dec’s: J. Mandt (126; 3-1) and R. Meeker (132; 3-1)); #3 in A Chatfield 27, #12 in A Kenyon-Wanamingo 35 (Gophers fell behind 12-0, got decisions from Ty V.S (120; 8-5), Mandt (126; 5-0), Meeker (132; 2-1), and Hank F. (138; 11-4) to tie match at 12. They dropped 145 to decision, Harvey F. (152; pin) and Haffner (160; 15-9) got the lead (21-15) back. Only Cody Bly (220; pin) won from there. Chat trailed 32-27 heading to 285 where J. Bleess lost 6-5. It’s Gophers first dual meet ‘L’. They are 5-1)

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