Roundup: Knights dominate in Parkers Prairie tri, Alexandria splits Bemidji tri

The Alexandria Cardinals split the Bemidji triangular, while the West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville Knights moved to 10-0 on the year by beating Barnesville and Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie 129-15

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Luke Maanum, top, wrestles Moorhead's Moayad Abdi at 220 pounds on Dec. 23, 2021. In a triangular on Jan. 6, 2022, Maanum picked up the quickest pin of the night, pinning Brainerd sophomore Titus Thompson in 11 seconds. Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria wrestling team split the Bemidji triangular Thursday with a 42-33 win over Brainerd and a 66-18 loss to Bemidji, the latter of which stands at sixth in the rankings for Class AAA.

With the split in Bemidji, Alexandria moves to 6-2 on the season.

The Cardinals had two wrestlers go 2-0 in sophomore Mason McGrane (120) and junior Blaze Nelson (138).

McGrane won via forfeit against Brainerd, but got a pin against Bemidji’s Noa Halberg in the final seconds before the end of the first period.

Nelson, who is ranked No. 9 at 138 in Class AA, wrestled for just 70 seconds combined Thursday, pinning Brainerd sophomore Elijah Germann in 32 seconds and Bemidji sophomore Ricky Wouri Jr. in 38 seconds.


A fresh face stepped into the starting lineup at 160 for Alexandria in the Brainerd dual, sophomore Wyatt Marshall.

Alexandria freshman Luke Maanum (220) got the quickest pin of the night, gaining the victory by fall in 11 seconds against Brainerd sophomore Titus Thompson. That pin by Maanum gave the Cardinals the cushion they needed to beat Brainerd 42-33.

After getting pinned by Brainerd junior Isaac Jillson in the first dual of the night, Alexandria junior Isaac Saffert pinned Bemidji junior Bo Hofstad at the 1:21 mark in the first period at 145 pounds.

The Cardinals went 3-11 in the dual loss to the Lumberjacks, with Saffert, McGrane, and Nelson picking up the wins.

Alexandria wrestles in the Minnewaska Invite, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Knights improve to 10-0 in convincing fashion

The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville Knights showed dominance in a triangular on Thursday at Parkers Prairie.

Class A’s fifth-ranked WCA-A-B-E won by a combined score of 129-15 against the Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie Raiders and the Barnesville Trojans.

In the Barnesville dual, sophomore Solomon Wales (138) started off the run of nine victories in a row for the Knights when he pinned sophomore Hunter Billie in 39 seconds.


With the Knights winning the final nine matches, they cruised to a 66-6 win against Barnesville.

After splitting the first four matches but still leading 12-9 over Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie, WCA-A-B-E won the final 10 matches to win the dual 63-9.

Building off of his win in the Barnesville dual, Wales picked up a close 7-6 victory over Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie senior Reese Thompson, who had been 14-5 heading into the match.

Senior Colton Lindquist, who is ranked second at 220 in Class A and is the Knights’ highest-ranked wrestler through the Guillotine, picked up two victories Thursday. He pinned Barnesville junior Jordan Kroll at the 4:37 mark, giving Kroll just his fifth loss in 14 matches this year. Lindquist capped off his night by pinning Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie freshman Braden Shamp at the 1:13 mark of the first period.

The Knights improved to 10-0 on the season.

The Raiders (3-7) started off the night hot in the dual against the Trojans.

Starting with eighth grader Justin Olson (106) and ending with junior Justin Kroehn (170), the Raiders won nine out of the first 11 matches in the dual, which put them ahead 42-7.

However, with a win by forfeit at 195, a pin by Kroll and at 220, and a pin by junior Tim Wells, the Trojans made the score closer at the end, only losing to the Raiders 42-25.

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