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Alex wrestling: KMS takes Big Ole tournament title

Photo by Lori Mork: Although momentarily in trouble, Alexandria's Jacob Schiltgen (left) worked his way back into control for a pin against KMS' Simon Johnson on Saturday.1 / 2
Photo by Lori Mork: Alexandria's Tony Hubbard (top) earned a pin in 3:13 during his opening match of the Big Ole tournament on Saturday.2 / 2

Despite having to forfeit at four weights, the Alexandria wrestlers picked up fifth place in their own Big Ole wrestling tournament Saturday, being led by runner-up finishes from three Cards.

"We had three wrestlers gain the finals," said head coach Tom Ellison. "Trent Piepenburg at 106, Gage Sonczalla at 152 and Justin Cumberbatch at 220.

"All three lost their championship match to finish in second place."

Piepenburg had to face Jordan Engler of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in the finals, and the No. 6 ranked wrestler in Class A was a little too much, handing the Cardinal wrestler an 11-3 major decision loss.

Piepenburg reached the finals on a pair of pins.

At 152 pounds, Gage Sonczalla met Moorhead's Joe Carpenter in the championship, falling by a 10-1 major decision, after making the finals behind a pair of decision wins.

Cumberbatch had to face Class A's No. 6 ranked Tony Reurink of Wadena-Deer Creek in the championship, falling in a very close 6-5 decision. Cumberbatch used a pair of pins to earn his spot in the finals.

Jacob Schiltgen went 3-1 on the day and finished in third place at 132. Tony Hubbard was 2-2 on the day and finished in fourth place. Grant Hockert also finished fourth in the 182-pound bracket. Mike Schluter wrestled 160 and finished in fifth place and Shawn Nelson placed sixth.

"The wrestlers performed well during the day with many great individual efforts," said Ellison.

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won its second Big Ole title in four years, sandwiching those crowns around a pair by Frazee.

The Fighting Saints had a total of five individual champions.

The Cardinal wrestlers will finish their regular season with a match against St. Cloud Tech tomorrow, Thursday night.


TEAM SCORES - 1. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 213, 2. Frazee 169, 3. Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta 128, 4. Moorhead 121, 5. Alexandria 102, 6. Rocori 96, 7. Wadena-Deer Creek 82, 8. Minnewaska 43.5.


TRENT PIEPENBURG, ALEXANDRIA, 2ND PLACE: pinned Corie Hurtig, WDC, 0:41; pinned Joseph Weaver, Minn, 0:56; fell to Jordan Engler, KMS, 11-3 major decision.

DYLAN KRIESE, ALEXANDRIA, 4TH PLACE: fell to Byron Byer, Fra, 12-3 major decision; pinned Grant Brendemuhl, Mhd, 4:45; pinned Joseph Weaver, Minn, 5:37; fell to Byron Byer, Fra, 6-4.

JOSEPH WEAVER, MINNEWASKA, 5TH PLACE: maj. dec. Mitchell Ascheman, MACA, 14-2; fell to Trent Piepenburg, Alex, 0:56; fell to Dylan Kriese, Alex, 5:37; tech fall Mitchell Ascheman, MACA, 5:44.


BLAKE OLHAUSEN, ALEXANDRIA, 4TH PLACE: pinned Ethan Byer, Fra, 1:02; fell to Mitch Steffens, WDC, 9-1 major decision; pinned Matt Munsterman, MACA, 0:25; fell to Adam Kunz, Roc, 3-2.

SPENCER WINTER, MINNEWASKA, NP: fell to Adam Kunz, Roc, 1:27; fell to Matt Munsterman, MACA, 4-1.


No Alexandria or Minnewaska wrestlers.


No Alexandria wrestler.

CALEB BLAISDELL, MINNEWASKA, NP: fell to Lamberto Rodriguez, KMS, 0:30; fell to Dillon Johnson, MACA, 5:12.


JACOB SCHILTGEN, ALEXANDRIA, 3RD PLACE: pinned Simon Johnson, KMS, 3:54; fell to Hunter Sorenson, Fra, 7-3; pinned Curtis McCamey, Roc, 2:44; major decision Simon Johnson, KMS, 8-0.

No Minnewaska wrestler.


No Alexandria or Minnewaska wrestlers.


TONY HUBBARD, ALEXANDRIA, 4TH PLACE: pinned Fred Mansfield, KMS, 3:13; fell to Jordan Hemmesch, Roc, 1:59 pin; maj. dec. Erik Moltzen, Fra, 11-3; fell to Kyle Baker, KMS, 10-6.

No Minnewaska wrestler.


GAGE SONCZALLA, ALEXANDRIA, 2ND PLACE: dec. Jacob Ludovissie, WDC, 7-5; dec. Evan Wendt, Fra, 2-1; fell to Joe Carpenter, Mhd, 10-1 major decision.

No Minnewaska wrestler.


MIKE SCHLUTER, ALEXANDRIA, 5TH PLACE: fell to Nate Starry, Fra, 10-6; bye; fell to Tom Wychor, MACA, 2:33 pin; pinned Aaron Nelson, MACA, 1:59.

TAYLOR LUNDEBREK, MINNEWASKA, 4TH PLACE: bye; fell to Nate Starry, Fra, 9-8, pinned Aaron Nelson, MACA, 3:06; fell to Tom Wychor, Mhd, 5:34.


SHAWN NELSON, ALEXANDRIA, 6TH PLACE: fell to Cody Piper, Fra, 7-0; bye; fell to Chase Norton, KMS, 10-0 major decision; fell to Kolton Ressemann, Roc, 3:53 pin.

No Minnewaska wrestler.


GRANT HOCKERT, ALEXANDRIA, 4TH PLACE: fell to Jake Galbrecht, Fra, 0:25 pin; bye; dec. Jorge Munoz-Pederson, Minn, 6-5; fell to Austin Rothers, KMS, 1:17 pin.

JORGE MUNOZ-PEDERSON, MINNEWASKA, 6TH PLACE: pinned Wade Ehlers, MACA, 5:31; fell to Chase Morlock, Mhd, 1:40 pin; fell to Grant Hockert, Alex, 6-5; fell to Wade Ehlers, MACA, 5:13 pin.


No Alexandria wrestler.

BRAD JACOBS, MINNEWASKA, 6TH PLACE: dec. Tyler Moser, MACA, 5-1; fell to Sam Kuss, Roc, default; fell to Skyler Berry, Mhd, default; fell to Tyler Moser, MACA, default.


JUSTIN CUMBERBATCH, ALEXANDRIA, 2ND PLACE: pinned J.R. Formo, Minnewaska, 1:58; pinned R. J. MacKay, Frz, 0:19; fell to Tony Reurink, WDC, 6-5.

J.R. FORMO, MINNEWASKA, 4TH PLACE: fell to Justin Cumberbatch, Alex, 1:58; fell to Tony Reurink, WDC, 1:03; fell to R.J. MacKay, Fra, 3:16.


No Alexandria wrestler.

DAN HOLTKAMP, MINNEWASKA, 3RD PLACE: dec. Brendan Edner, Mhd, 5-0; fell to Isaac Froehlich, KMS, 3:30; pinned Brandon DeGroat, Fra, 4:32, dec. Tyler Hoffman, Roc, 4-1.

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