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Alexandria wrestling takes razor-thin victory over Sartell

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For the second straight year, the Sartell and Alexandria wrestling teams needed tiebreaker criteria to decide a match.

But this year, Alexandria was handed the victory Tuesday thanks to Blake Olhausen’s technical fall victory. The two teams finished in a 32-32 tie and were also even in the first seven tiebreaker categories. But Alexandria earned its second win in Central Lakes Conference play this season after finishing with the only technical fall in the match.

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“It feels a lot better than last year, because we win,” head coach Tom Ellison said after the match. “I think Sartell has a great program and they have great kids. They wrestle hard, and we have such evenly matched programs.”

In a contest where the Cardinals needed every match, Dustin Neu’s overtime win at 152-pounds was an important moment. Heading into his match against Sartell’s Zach Motschke, Neu said he did not know much about his opponent other than he likes to take advantage of his length. His strategy in the overtime period was to finish the match with a quick takedown.

“I was looking for nothing big, I just wanted to get that win to get our team some points,” he said.

Last year, the regular season match between Sartell and Alexandria also finished in a tie. That year the tiebreaker criteria favored Sartell, and ultimately the win sealed a conference championship for Sartell. This year Alexandria hopes they can use this momentum to finish first in the Central Lakes Conference.

“I think that this year we come in a lot more motivated,” said Trent Piepenburg, who won his match 5-2 at 132-pounds. “We know what we can achieve as a team and we are setting high goals for ourselves.”