Alexandria wrestling: Piepenburg takes Litchfield titleThe Cardinal junior swept through his 120-pound weight class
By: Lori Mork, Alexandria Echo Press
The Cardinals’ Trent Piepenburg, ranked No. 4 in the State Class AAA polls, led his Alexandria wrestling squad to a third place finish at the Litchfield Invitational Saturday, finishing first at 120 pounds.
“The Cardinal wrestlers opened the 2012 season with a fast start at the Litchfield tournament [last] weekend,” said head coach Tom Ellison. “Wrestling without three starters in the lineup, the Cards were able to finish in fifth place, with state-ranked ACGC winning the tournament.
“The Cardinals started strong by putting together seven straight opening round wins.
“Ben Bogart started the streak with a win at 106 pounds,” he said. “That win was followed by Dylan Kriese, Piepenburg, Blake Olhausen, Tryg Burgau, Tristan Johnson and Tony Hubbard all picking up first round wins.
“Trent went on to win his 120 pound weight bracket. Blake and Tony finished in second place, while Ben finished in third place.
“Tristan Johnson and Andrew Moske placed fifth and Tryg, Dylan and Shawn Nelson finished sixth.”
Alexandria will host its first match tomorrow night, Thursday, as Brainerd will be at Jefferson High School.
TEAM FINISHES – 1. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 2. Anoka, 3. Big Lake, 4. Litchfield, 5. Alexandria, 6. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7. Totino-Grace, 8. Albany.
BEN BOGART – SEMIS: fell to Jaxon Sommers, Totino-Grace, 4-0; THIRD PLACE: dec. Ryan Molinaro, ACGC, 5-0.
DYLAN KRIESE – SEMIS: fell to Matt Schlangen, Albany, 13-0; FIFTH PLACE: fell to Derek Fruetel, Litchfield, 4:17.
TRENT PIEPENBURG – SEMIS: dec. Tristan Jacques, Big Lake 2-0. CHAMPIONSHIP: dec. Robert Rasmussen, ACGC, 6-4.
BLAKE OLHAUSEN: SEMIS: tech fall Matt Gullickson, TG, 4:46; CHAMPIONSHIP: fell to Derek Dengerud, ACGC, 5-2.
TRY BURGAU – SEMIS: fell to Tyler Berghuis, ACGC, 2:38; FIFTH PLACE – fell to Carter Walch, TC, 1:37.
TRISTAN JOHNSON – SEMIS: fell to Pierce Rothenbacher, TG, 10-5; FIFTH PLACE: pinned Ryan Anderson, Litch, 2:15.
TONY HUBBARD – SEMIS: major decisioned Jared Florell, TG, 20-6. CHAMPIONSHIP: FELL TO Larry Bomstad, ACGC, 5:28.
ANDREW MOSKE – FIFTH PLACE: pinned Kolton Farnik, Sauk Rapids, 3:54.
SHAWN NELSON – FIFTH PLACE: fell to Jordan Nelson, ACGC.