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Alexandria wrestlers second at West Central Area tournament

The Alexandria wrestling team took second place out of 11 teams at the West Central Area Grant County Tournament on Saturday.

Trent Piepenburg led the Cardinals as its only first place finisher at Saturday’s tournament. Piepenburg won the 132-pound bracket by defeating Fergus Falls’ Ben Schindler in a 4-3 decision in the championship match.

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Dylan Kriese also wrestled his way to the finals at 126 pounds before losing 6-3 in the championship match. Head coach Tom Ellison was happy with Kriese’s effort to battle through the entire bracket on Saturday.

“Dylan had a great tournament and learned a lot about wrestling in big matches that will serve him well this season,” Ellison said.

Ben Bogart (106 pounds), Adam Johnson (120 pounds), Blake Olhausen (138 pounds) and Jake Nienaber (160 pounds) also finished in third place for the Cardinals.

WCA TOURNAMENT RESULTS

1. Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United – 245; 2. Alexandria – 162; 3. West Central Area/Ashby/Evansville – 152; 4. New York Mills – 137; 5. Fergus Falls – 123.5 6. MAHACA – 106; 7. Border West – 78; 8. Mille Lacs – 63.5; 9. Ottertail Central – 62.5; 10. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle – 57; 11. Pelican Rapids – 54.5; 12. Unattached – 27

ALEXANDRIA RESULTS

106 – Ben Bogart – First Round – bye; Second Round – Bogart decision over Jason Buntjer (LPGE), 6-0; Third Round – Kaden Spindler (BW) decision over Bogart, 4-2; Consolation – Bogart def. Nick Hendrickx (NYM), pin; Third Place Match – Bogart decision over Peyton Mortenson (UNITED), 2-1

113 – Ben Johnson – First Round – bye; Second Round – Ben Johnson decision over Jose Funes (LPGE); Third Round – Jeremiah Harper (NYM) major decision over Johnson, 9-1; Consolation – Johnson decision over Matt Munsterman (MAHACA), 5-0; Third Place – Christian Kanten (UNITED) decision over Johnson, 5-2

120 – Adam Johnson – First Round – Bye; Second Round – Miguel Ambriz (LPGE) decision over Johnson, 8-2; Consolation – Johnson – Bye; Johnson def. Noah Petty (ML), pin; Johnson decision over Bonny Bothun (UNITED), 3-0; Third Place – Johnson decision over Keaton Long (WCA), 11-6

126 – Dylan Kriese – First Round – Kriese def. David Ambriz (LPGE), pin; Second Round – Kriese decision over Mason Pullis (BW), 7-0; Third Round – Kriese decision over Sam Naddy (OTC), 6-5; Championship Match – Jordan Bothun (UNITED) decision over Kriese, 6-3

132 – Trent Piepenburg – First Round – Bye; Second Round – Piepenburg def. Phillip Messner (MAHACA), pin; Third Round – Piepenburg decision over Bailey Eichoff (UNITED), 3-2; Championship Match – Piepenburg decision over Ben Schindler (FF), 4-3

138 – Blake Olhausen – First Round – Bye; Second Round – Olhausen def. Kory Juvrud (OTC), pin; Third Round – Jacob Larkin (WCA) decision over Olhausen, 4-2; Consolation – Olhausen decision over Travis Ostby (MAHACA), 6-5; Third Place – Olhausen decision over Robert Mazanegos (PR), 8-6

145 – Jacob Schiltgen – First Round – bye - Second Round – Dillan Johnson (MAHACA) major decision over Schiltgen, 8-0; Consolation – Schiltgen decision over Joe Wedll (FF), 4-1; Kyle Mickelsen decision over Schiltgen, 2-0

152 – Dustin Neu – First Round – Bye; Second Round – Neu def. Devin Robertson (MAHACA), pin; Third Round – Dylan Pullis (BW) decision over Neu, 3-1; Consolation – Neu def. Matthew Petty (ML), pin; Third Place – Mitch Kilinski (UNITED) decision over Neu, 6-3

160 – Jake Nienaber – First Round – Bye; Second Round – Nienaber def. Luke Thompson (ML), pin; Third Round – Keith Abraham (UNITED) major decision over Nienaber, 16-4; Consolation – Nienaber default over Brian Pile (NYM); Third Place – Jake Nienaber default over Luke Thompson (ML)

170 – Quinton Kluver-Longfellow – First Round – Bye; Second Round – Jordan Thooft (MAHACA) decision over Kluver-Longfellow, 11-4; Consolation – Bye; Kluver-Longfellow def. Koel Seifert (WCA), pin; Mason Kwilinski (UNA) decision over Kluver-Longfellow, 6-1

220 – Dakota Keller – First Round – Bye; Second Round – Buzz Miller (WCA) def. Keller, pin; Consolation – Keller – Cole Bungarden def. Keller, pin

285 – Dan Oberg – First Round – Bye; Second Round – Jake Lehmann (UNITED) def. Oberg, pin; Consolation – Oberg def. Brandon Danielski (OTC), pin; Oberg def. Jacob Sperr (MAHACA), fall; third place – Taylor Tenner def. Oberg, pin

Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is the sports editor at the Pierce County Herald. Before working at the Herald, Blaze was a sports reporter at the Alexandria Echo Press for one year and 10 months. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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