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Roundup: Cardinals drop duals in St. Cloud, Raiders split home duals, Osakis falls at United North Central

The Alexandria Cardinals wrestling team dropped two close duals Thursday at Rocori, while the Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie Panthers went 1-1 at home Thursday and Osakis went 0-2 on the road.

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The Alexandria Cardinals faced some stiff competition in the Rocori Spartans and the St. Cloud Tech Tigers as the Cardinals went 0-2 in duals on Thursday at Rocori.

Alexandria had a 28-21 lead with four matches to go against St. Cloud Tech, but dropped the dual after losing the final four matches, all by pins.

“We got the matchups we wanted and were in a good position to potentially win the dual,” Alexandria head coach Aldon Struchen said.

The Cardinals picked up three pins against the Tigers by sophomore Mason Mcgrane at 120, junior Kelly Johnson at 152 and senior Mason Teaser at 170. Teaser earned his pin victory despite having to make a comeback, being behind 5-0 in his match.

Alexandria’s second dual of the night went much like the first. It had a 21-20 lead with five matches to go against Rocori, but dropped the final five matches and lost 47-21. Four of those final five losses were pins.

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“Unfortunately for the Cards it was much of the same, losing too many close matches right at the wire,” Struchen said. “The guys were aggressive, but we just couldn't capitalize in a few critical spots of matches.”

With two wins Thursday, McGrane (ranked No. 8 at 113 in Class AA by The Guillotine) extended his winning streak to 11. Eight of those 11 wins have been pins.

McGrane, Johnson and junior Blaze Nelson (ranked No. 8 at 138 in Class AA by The Guillotine), all went 2-0.

Alexandria has a quick turnaround with a triangular Friday. Alexandria faces Mahnomen-Waubun and Barnesville. Wrestling in Barnesville begins at 5 p.m.

Raiders go 1-1 at home

The Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie Raiders split home duals Thursday with a 45-33 win over the New York Mills Eagles and a 52-16 loss to the LPGE-Browerville Wolves.

Against the Eagles, the Raiders earned the first six victories with four pins and two forfeits.

The Raiders iced the dual with a pin by freshman Braden Shamp at 195 over New York Mills’ Grady Roberts (2:40) and with a 5-0 victory by fellow freshman Hunter Strom over New York Mills’ Sawyer Wedde.

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Junior Bennet Arceneau (120) picked up the quickest pin of the dual, in 30 seconds over Slade Doll.

The Raiders won three bouts against the sixth-ranked (Class A) Wolves.

Eighth-grader Justin Olson earned his second victory of the night with a 17-0 tech fall victory over Colby Twardowski.

Junior Justin Koehn (170) and senior Reese Thompson (145) both earned pins with Thompson’s coming at the 1:16 mark of the first period and Koehn’s coming in the latter half of the second period (3:15).

The Raiders are back in action on Feb. 3 for a triangular.

Osakis falls at United North Central triangular

The Osakis Silverstreaks dropped their two duals Thursday by a wide margin. Osakis lost to fellow Class A foe, No. 9 United North Central and Aitkin.

Osakis earned victories in the first three matches in the UNC dual, giving itself a 13-0 lead.

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Freshman Reggie George (ranked No. 4 in Class A at 106), earned a first-period pin over UNC’s Conrad Koll (1:44).

Eighth-grader Simon Jacobson (113) followed up George’s win with a 1-0 decision over UNC’s Zack Davidson. Sophomore Jacob Taplin (ranked No. 5 in Class A at 120) joined those two in the win column with a 9-0 major decision over Zach Hendrickson.

After Taplin’s win, the Silverstreaks lost the final 11 bouts in a 58-13 defeat. Six of those 11 bouts lost were forfeits, two were pins, two were major decisions and one was lost by a decision.

Osakis earned three contested wins against Aitkin. A pin by Reggie George over Jacob Benson-Vick (5:57), a forfeit victory for Taplin, a 3-1 decision for Kale Drevlow (152) over Carson Kullhem and a 10-3 decision by Tyson Hagedon (170) over Hayden Workan.

Aitkin won seven of its nine matches against Osakis by either a pin or forfeit.

Osakis is on the road on Feb. 3 for a triangular with B.O.L.D and Yellow Medicine East. Wrestling at Renville County West High School begins at 5 p.m.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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