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Card wrestling: Alexandria falls to Little Falls

Little Falls, a team ranked among the Lean and Mean selections by The Guillotine magazine, took advantage of eight wins by pin to handle the Cardinal wrestlers 51-20 Thursday night.

Little Falls, a team ranked among the Lean and Mean selections by The Guillotine magazine, took advantage of eight wins by pin to handle the Cardinal wrestlers 51-20 Thursday night.

Each team had one wrestler ranked in the state polls, but neither team saw its wrestler in action as Little Falls' Dillon Kifer, Class AA's No. 7 ranked wrestler at 135 pounds, earned a win by fall, while Alexandria's Ross Carlson, ranked No. 10 in Class AAA, did not wrestle.

"Unfortunately, state-ranked Ross Carlson is lost for the season due to an injury," said Cardinal head coach Tom Ellison. "Ross had an outstanding football season and was poised to continue the Cardinals' dominance of the heavyweight class in the section that was started with Tom Bouressa the last three years and continued with Ross last year.

"Little Falls is a CLC favorite this season," said Ellison. "They have a strong lineup and they certainly showed their strength.

"Little Falls is leaving the Central Lakes Conference after this season, so this is likely the last time we will have them in our gym," he said. "We wish them luck in their new conference. They have always been tough on the Cardinals.

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"We have had good luck over the last eight years, winning five duals, but Little Falls holds a commanding record of 24 victories out of 35 duals in this matchup."

Alexandria did pick up wins by Trent Piepenburg at 103 pounds. Anthony Hubbard at 145, Cole Ellison at 171, Andy Bouressa at 189 and Dillon Schauff at 215.

Bouressa's 4:25 pin was the only Cardinal fall of the night.

"Team captains Cole Ellison and Andy Bouressa continue to lead the way in our duals," said the Card coach of his leaders. "Both picked up wins and wrestled with the intensity needed by all of our team members.

"Trent Piepenburg is the needed spark to get our team going," Ellison added. "Each night, he starts us off with a quality effort on the mat, and the wins he is getting put us out front early.

"Our middle weights have some growing to do. They have the work ethic to bring about change and later in the season, they will start to see the effort pay off.

"Dillon Schauff is another senior on our squad that gives us a chance to win," said Ellison. "We expect to get Brian Eipperle back from a rib injury this week, and he should provide some added punch to our lineup.

LITTLE FALLS 51, ALEXANDRIA 20

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103 - Trent Piepenburg, Alex, dec. Axel Lange 6-2, 112 - Lyler Lillemoe, LF, dec. Tristan Johnson 15-10, 119 - Austin Olson, LF, pinned Adam Schmidt 0:29, 125 - Dan Mushel, LF, pinned Ricky Vance 3:34, 130 - Connor Scherping, LF, pinned Jacob Schiltgen 1:55, 135 - Keith Yorek, LF, pinned Jake Neinaber 3:47, 140 - Dillon Kifer, LF, won by forfeit, 145 - Anthony Hubbard, Alex, maj. dec. Derek McMahan 21-12, 152 - Jordan Petrone, LF, pinned Isak Hurlen 1:32, 160 - Joe Tuholsky, LF, pinned Jake DeLaRosby 1:07, 171 - Cole Ellison, Alex, maj. dec. Adam Grams 11-2, 189 - Andy Bouressa, Alex, pinned Dilan Gastecki 4:25, 215 - Dillon Schauff, Alex, dec. Conor Swanson 2-0, 285 - Jack Jendro, LF, pinned Ariel Way 0:26.

NEW FORMAT SET FOR STATE TOURNAMENT

This year's state wrestling tournament will have a different look after the Minnesota State High School League agreed to a plan to condense the four-day competition in to three.

In past years, the individual and team competitions were interspersed throughout three days from Thursday to Saturday, with Wednesday being used for all team or all individual matches.

This year, team tournament action will be held on just one day - Thursday, March 3 - with the individual competition for the three classes held on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5.

A specific schedule for the sessions has not been finalized as of yet.

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