Sports roundup from Saturday, February 15
Section 8AAA team tournament
The Alexandria wrestling team fell to eventual Section 8AAA champion Moorhead in the semifinals of the team tournament on Saturday in Bemidji.
The Cardinals beat St. Cloud Tech 42-26 in the quarterfinals before the Spuds beat them 45-17 in the semis. Moorhead went on to beat Little Falls 34-19 for the team title.
Dylan Kriese won both of his matches at 120 pounds, winning by fall against St. Cloud Tech and beating Moorhead’s Riley Schock 1-0. Tryg Burgau added a pin against Tech in 1:52. Trent Piepenburg also won by fall in 1:26 against Tech before losing a tight 2-1 match against Moorhead at 132 pounds.
Blake Olhausen got two wins on Saturday as he pinned Tech’s Joe Klontz in 5:08 and beat Jack Lien 9-0 at 138 pounds. Dustin Neu got a win by a 5-3 decision at 152 pounds against Tech. Mike Schluter pinned his man in just 21 seconds at 182 pounds against Tech.
Justin Cumberbatch also got a pin in 1:36 against Tech at 195 pounds. He then moved to 220 for the Moorhead match and got another pin just 39 seconds against Jonny Mark. At heavyweight, Dan Oberg went 1-1 on Saturday with a pin against Tech’s Derek Kiffmeyer in just 13 seconds.
The Cardinals will now turn their attention to the individual section tournament, which runs from February 21-22 in Sartell.
Section 8A meet
The Alexandria gymnastics team finished third at the Section 8A meet on Saturday.
The Cardinals scored 135.475. Detroit Lakes won the team title with a score of 148.425, while Perham took second at 146.800.
Alexandria 5, Breezy Point 0
Alexandria’s Garrett Skinner had two power-play goals and the Blizzard erupted for four goals in the second period as Alexandria beat Breezy Point 5-0 on Saturday.
Skinner scored in the first and second periods. Joe Anderson, Ethan Luck and Aaron Ryback also found the back of the net to help the Blizzard control this one from start to finish. Evan Bisek got the win in net with the shutout on 21 saves.
The win put Alexandria just four points back of Granite City for second place in the West Division with five games to play in the regular season.
Parkers Prairie 52, Osakis 48
The Osakis boys lost a back-and-forth battle with Parkers Prairie on Saturday as the Panthers took the game down the stretch.
The Silverstreaks led 7-0 right away, fell behind in the second half but grabbed a five-point lead again after applying some defensive pressure.
“We missed four uncontested layups, had three key turnovers at the end of regulation and missed free throws down the stretch,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We had a great look to win it in regulation but couldn't convert. We shot ourselves in the foot and paid the price with a loss.”
Drew Fearing had 15 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a losing effort. Zach Weir added 10 points and Lane Berberich finished with 12. Only five players scored in all for the Silverstreaks.
“Drew had a great game with a double-double,” Hoelscher said. “With two guys out, he was asked to do more than usual. Lane had some bright moments in hitting some shots too. Our inexperience and depth did us in tonight. We have to play with a lead and get more help from role players.”
Battle Lake 55, WCA 40
The Battle Lake boys are the only undefeated team left in the state after the Battlers took care of West Central Area 55-40 on Saturday.
Battle Lake improved to 22-0 by holding off a good WCA team. The Knights kept it close in the first half, trailing by just four at the break. The Battlers outscored them 30-19 in the second half to secure the win.
"Battle Lake is a very good team with no weaknesses. We did a lot of things well in this game and competed well with them for much of the game. We gave them one of their closest games all year, yet there are still a few things we can do a little better."
Tyler Ukkelberg had 23 points and Dan Marso added 16 to lead Battle Lake. Jay Zimmerman finished with 10 points. Hunter Pfingsten had nine, Dakotah Kashmark had eight points and Brady Combs finished with seven.
The Knights shot 36 percent from the field. Battle Lake hit at a 46-percent clip (23-50), which included 7-of-16 from three.
Osakis 62, Barnesville 55
The Osakis girls basketball team got another nice win on Saturday as the Silverstreaks held off Barnesville in a 62-55 game.
The Trojans are 14-4 out of Section 8AA. Osakis is now 19-2 after winning its fifth straight game on Saturday.