State Class AAA wrestling: Piepenburg fourth
Alexandria's 106-pound sophomore wrestler Trent Piepenburg finished fourth in the State Class AAA individual wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Saturday.
Piepenburg lost his first match of the tournament on Friday to the eventual state champion Maolu Woiwor of Apple Valley by a pin in 5:35, but rebounded in the wrestlebacks.
"Trent reeled off three straight wins to place himself in the consolation final against a familiar foe in Brian Maas from Bemidji," said Cardinal head coach Tom Ellison. "Trent has wrestled Brian twice during the year, winning once and losing once.
"The Bemidji wrestler was able to keep the pressure on the whole match and come away with a 7-1 victory.
"Trent had a great tournament and a great season this year," Ellison noted. "He surpassed the 75-win plateau at the state tournament."
Cardinal junior Tony Hubbard wrestled twice at 145 pounds, losing both matches.
"Sometimes at state it is all about the draw you get," said the coach. "As it turned out, Tony had a tough draw. Both of his opponents advanced in the tournament to wrestle in the consolation championship match on Saturday night.
"Tony lost both matches by a close score," he said of Hubbard's 7-0 and 3-2 losses, "and even though we know losing by a close score is still losing, Tony can take with him that he is right there with the best in the state."
Freshman Justin Cumberbatch was the only wrestler in the tournament to receive a bye in the first round as he wrestled at 220 pounds.
"His opponent for his first round match was deemed ineligible by his home school district, so Justin advanced to the quarterfinals without a match to wrestle," said Ellison of the rare bye. "In the quarterfinal, Justin faced a wrestler from Hastings that had been in the state finals the year before.
"Justin wrestled strong, however, and was able to tie the match late in the third period to send the match to overtime.
"In overtime, the Hastings wrestler was able to pull some determination from his past experience and score the needed points to defeat Justin."
Cumberbatch won his wrestleback match, but then fell to a wrestler that advanced to win the consolation championship.
"All three of our wrestlers learned some valuable lessons at the tournament that will stay with them in seasons to come," said Ellison. "The best part is they are all underclassmen and have next season and more to try and make it back to improve on their experience this year."
STATE CLASS AAA INDIVIDUAL WRESTLING
TRENT PIEPENBURG, 106 POUNDS, 4TH - fell to Maolu Woiwor, Apple Valley, 5:35 pin; decisioned Brandon Moen, Owatonna 3-1; decisioned Taylor Venz, Farmington 3-0; decisioned Reid Lyden, East Ridge, 5-2; fell to Brian Maas, Bemidji, 7-1.
TONY HUBBARD, 145 POUNDS - fell to Jeremy Beaman, Anoka, 7-0; fell to Zack Gawboy, Maple Grove, 3-2.
JUSTIN CUMBERBATCH, 220 POUNDS - first round bye; fell to Isaac Eichmann, Hastings, 3-1 OT; decisioned Dan Lovik, Champlin Park 9-6; fell to Nick Edling, St. Michael-Albertville 4-1.