Both No. 4 Apple Valley and No. 5 St. Michael-Albertville wrestled dual meets on Friday night at home against formidable, nationally ranked opposition. However, each earned victories against said teams at home, and won nine of the fourteen weight classes. Each of the dual meets had its bit of intrigue with lineup shifting and the like.
For Apple Valley, they had their projected 106 to 126 group wrestling at 113 to 132. Additionally, Dayton Racer, a JJ Classic champion and Preseason Nationals champion, returned to the lineup after missing events of the opening weekend. The Eagles plugged him in at 152 and moved nationally ranked Mark Hall and Daniel Woiwor up a weight each to 160 and 170.
In terms of Kasson-Mantorville, there was slightly less lineup shifting, but three of their wrestlers that have won state championships in the past: Nate Thomas, Brady, Berge, and Colton Laganiere: were one weight above their projected weight for the season.
Looking at St. Michael-Albertville, nationally ranked Mitchell McKee did not wrestle tonight at 106 pounds. The projected group from 120-to-132 moved up one weight class each, competing at 126-to-138. Three-time state placer Cole Sladek weighed in up one weight class at 145, and shifted all the way to 152. There was also some movement within the back three weights of their lineup.
For Simley, they were again without the services of state champion Juan Torres at 132. Two-time state champion Kyle Gliva is wrestling two weights above his projected weight for this season at 138.
Nationally ranked Nick Wanzek for Simley seemed to chase Jordan Joseph up a weight class, as the pair of normal 170 pound wrestlers competed at 182. Two-time state champion Wanzek outlasted state placer Joseph 8-2.
All four teams will be among the field at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament next weekend.
No. 4 Apple Valley 39, No. 18 Kasson-Mantorville 20
106: Keaton Schorr (KM) dec. Kyle Rathman, 9-5
113: Gannon Volk (AV) dec. Gabe Shea, 6-3
120: Maolu Woiwor (AV) maj. dec. Ryan Erdman, 12-3
126: Brock Morgan (AV) pinned Alek Bernard, 0:37
132: No. 12 (at 126) Seth Gross (AV) dec. Nate Thomas, 8-7
138: Brady Berge (KM) maj. dec. Scott Mattison, 12-4
145: Colton Laganiere (KM) dec. Davionte Young, 10-5
152: Dayton Racer (AV) dec. Branden Schorr, 12-5
160: No. 1 (at 152) Mark Hall (AV) pinned Andy Bigelow, 1:43
170: No. 8 (at 160) Daniel Woiwor (AV) maj. dec. Corben Hansen, 9-1
182: David Johnson (AV) maj. dec. Harrison Barnes, 12-4
195: No. 2 Broc Berge (KM) maj. dec. Trom Peterson, 12-4
220: Paul Cheney (AV) pinned Hayden Sheeran, 1:18
285: No. 4 Sam Stoll (KM) pinned Lord Hyeamang 1:37
No. 5 St. Michael-Albertville 41, No. 8 Simley 21
106: Elliot Kirchert (SIM) pinned Zach Dehmer
113: Aaron Dick (STMA) dec. Cortez Arredondo, 4-2
120: Colton Schoen (STMA) pinned Kyle Nordstrom
126: No. 2 (at 120) Tommy Thorn (STMA) pinned Zach Spychalla
132: Tanner Mills (STMA) tech. fall Brad Rechzigal
138: Kyle Gliva (SIM) dec. Mark Voss, 2-1, TB
145: No. 1 Jake Short (SIM) pinned Talon Juusola
152: Mack Short (SIM) dec. Cole Sladek, 6-4 SV
160: Lincoln Mallinger (STMA) by forfeit
170: Thor Holstad (STMA) dec. Collin McCallister, 4-3
182: No. 4 (at 170) Nick Wanzek (SIM) dec. Jordan Joseph, 8-2
195: Jake Briggs (STMA) dec. Chris Baumann, 3-1
220: Michael Kessler (STMA) dec. Jackson Ryan, 7-3
285: Ricky Briggs (STMA) pinned Rashad Nixon