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Sports roundup from Saturday, February 1


The Alexandria wrestling team used a first-place finish from Justin Cumberbatch and six other top-three finishes to take fourth as a team at the final Big Ole tournament at Jefferson High School on Saturday.

Cumberbatch didn’t disappoint as the third-ranked wrestler in the state at 195 as he went into his finals match against Rocori’s Ryan Vigil as the favorite. Vigil lasted into the second period, but Cumberbatch put him away with a pin once they got there to secure Alexandria’s only individual title of the day.

“Today was a good tournament,” Cumberbatch said. “I also feel very comfortable whenever we’re wrestling at home, so I knew that was kind of an advantage. I just came in and did my best. It definitely felt great. This is the last Big Ole we’re going to have at this school, so we definitely had to do our best. It was just a good feeling coming out here and ending up placing first.”

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won the team title with 169 points, just beating defending champion Moorhead, which finished at second with 167 points. Frazee was third (154), Alexandria fourth (138), Rocori fifth (114), MAHACA sixth (85), Albany seventh (68.5), Minnewaska eighth (68) and St. Cloud Apollo was ninth (48).

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The Osakis wrestling team surprised the rest of the Park Region field by taking home the conference title on Saturday with a total team score of 158.5.

That was just in front of United North Central with 156 points and New York Mills with 155 points. West Central Area, a team that had beaten Osakis 32-30 just a night before, took sixth in the tournament with 111 points. Prairie Valley was last out of the 10-team field with 42 points.

Osakis was well represented with seven individuals wrestling in title matches on Saturday. The Coyer brothers were two of those as Trenton got things going with a championship at 113 pounds. He beat Jeremiah Harper from New York Mills in a 6-3 finals match.

Brendon Coyer wasn’t to be outdone. He also won a title at 120 after beating Miguel Ambriz of LPGE in the finals 3-0. Colton Waldvogel was the next Osakis wrestler to compete in a title match as he took second after falling to Tommy Tellers of UNC at 132 pounds in a 12-1 match.

Up next was Ryan Engfer for the Silverstreaks. He brought home their third title of the day by outlasting Creg Donabauer ofLPGE in a 3-2 title match at 138 pounds. Nils Hagen got to the championship at 182 pounds before falling 11-2 to Kyle Lange of Royalton-Upsala.

Tyler Spanswick earned his way to the title match with an exciting pin of West Central Area’s Hunter Fick in the semifinals. Fick held a big lead in that match before Spanswick turned the tide by pinning him in 3:43 for the win. Fick went on to take third at 195, while Spanswick finished second after falling to Tyler Petron of NYM in the title match. Osakis’ Peter Hagen also took second on the day after falling short in the title match at heavyweight to Dalton Baker of Bertha-Hewitt Verndale.

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Sartell, St. Cloud Cathedral and Sauk Rapids took the top three spots in both the jazz and kick divisions on Saturday to punch their tickets to the state tournament in both events at the Section 4AA competition.

Alexandria was ninth in the jazz competition and had a fifth-place finish in the kick.

TEAM SCORES – JAZZ – 1. Sartell 4; 2. Sauk Rapids 10; 3. St. Cloud Cathedral 11; 4. Rocori 12; 5. St. Cloud Apollo 22; 6. Pequot Lakes 22; 7. Detroit Lakes 26; 8. Albany 32.5; 9. Alexandria 35; 10. Fergus Falls/Underwood 40; 11. New London-Spicer 44; 12. Melrose 46.

KICK – 1. Sartell 4; 2. St. Cloud Cathedral 9; 3. Sauk Rapids 11; 4. Rocori 13; 5. Alexandria 21.5; 6. St. Cloud Apollo 23.5; 7. Albany 27; 8. Pequot Lakes 27.5; 9. New London-Spicer 37; 10. Melrose 41.5; 11. Detroit Lakes 42.5; 12. Annandale 46; 13. Fergus Falls/Underwood 49.5.


West Central Area 61, Morris Area 55

The WCA boys beat Morris Area 61-55 behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Jay Zimmerman on Saturday.

The Knights led by four at the break and came out of the half with a 9-0 run that gave them a  lead they would never relinquish. Hunter Pfingsten added 15 points to Zimmerman’s big night, while Dakotah Kashmark just missed a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists.

"Morris is a team that has just won seven of their past 10 games over several good Class AA teams like Melrose, Minnewaska and BOLD, so it was a good win for us,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Our guys were ready to play today. We moved the ball well and got a lot of good shots in our offense and everyone on our team contributed again."

Sophomore center Eric Stabler led Morris with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Noah Grove also added 19 points for his team. The Knights shot 43 percent as a team (20-46), while the Tigers were 24-of-64 from the field. They dropped to 7-12 with the loss and WCA moved to 12-5.

The WCA Knights got their 2nd win in as many Knights as they defeated the Morris Area Tigers 61-55 on Saturday evening.   The Knights led 33-29 at the half and started the second half on a 9-0 in the first four minutes to go up 42-29.  The Knights maintained an 8 to 11 point lead much of the second half going on to win by six.


Morris 61, WCA 45

The West Central Area girls played their third game in as many days on Saturday as the Knights fell short in a 61-45 loss to Morris.

We started well with a nice first half,” head coach Beth Hill said. “We had spurts that were excellent. At halftime, we were tied 27-27. In the second half, we just ran out of gas. The girls were worn out from these games, but it is time to toughen up and fight through these tough ones. We are a strong team and capable of pulling these games out. We have some challenging weeks ahead of us. This is a great opportunity for us.”

Holly Van Kempen had 17 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, two assists and one blocked shot to lead the way for WCA.  Abby Van Kempen added 13 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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