Wrestling roundup: Alexandria splits close home duals; WCA-A-B-E goes 1-2 at ACGC

Alexandria and West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville each picked up a win on Thursday.

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Alexandria's Mason McGrane attempts to control Dawson McGee of Walker-Hackensack-Ackley during their finals match at 126 at the Big Ole Invitational on Jan. 14, 2023. McGrane earned a couple wins in duals on Feb. 2, 2023.
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The Alexandria wrestling team had a pair of close duals at home Thursday, one of which went its way 35-30 over Detroit Lakes, but the other got away from them, 39-37, against Morris Area-Hancock-Chokio-Alberta.

Nolan Fettig (106) started out Alexandria’s dual with DL with a 14-5 major decision, while Drayson Elfering (113) got a pin (2:46), and so did Mason McGrane (0:53). Grayson Timm (138) earned a 6-3 decision, while Kelly Johnson (170) earned a pin (0:56).

Alexandria sealed the win with a 14-5 major decision from Cody Vatnsdal at 195 and a pin by Jordan Nicholson (1:10).

Alexandria led 37-24 heading into the final three matches against MAHACA.

Fettig earned a pin (1:09) to start the dual, while Isaac Saffert (132) had one as well (1:32), and so did Kelly Johnson (1:39). Blaze Nelson earned a 5-2 decision at 152, and Landon Seward (182) earned a 9-1 major decision.


Alexandria won two bouts by forfeit against MAHACA.

Alexandria wrestles at home in a triangular on Friday, starting at 5 p.m.

WCA-A-B-E goes 1-2 at ACGC

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West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville's Beau Robinson attempts to break down MAHACA's Hunter Gibson during their championship match 195 pounds at the Grant County Tournament on Dec. 10, 2022. Gibson won the match 7-1. Robinson helped WCA-A-B-E earn a win over ACGC on Feb. 2, 2023.
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The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville Knights had a busy Thursday with three duals at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

WCA-A-B-E earned a 54-21 over ACGC but lost 35-34 against Royalton-Upsala and 44-22 against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.

Owen Gruchow (106) earned a pin (2:24) to start the dual against ACGC, while Evan Dingwall (113) earned a 12-7 decision and Carter Lohse (126) earned a first period pin (1:36). Adam Lohse (132) earned a third period pin (4:44), while Hunter Gruchow (145) earned a second period pin (3:41), and Ezekiel Sieckert (160) earned a third period pin (5:45).

WCA-A-B-E won the final four matches against ACGC, as Anthony Sykora (182) earned a first period pin (1:19), as did Beau Robinson (195 - 1:11) and Justin Blascyk (285 - 1:51), while Will Rustan (220) earned a 3-1 decision.

WCA-A-B-E led 34-23 heading into the final three matches against Royalton-Upsala. Royalton-Upsala won two of the final three matches by decision and a one by a pin to seal the one point win.

The Knights had pins from Owen Gruchow (0:32), Dingwall (1:25), Adam Lohse (4:33), Solomon Wales (138 - 0:41) and Sykora (0:37). Hunter Gruchow earned a 9-1 major decision as well.


WCA-A-B-E had five wins against BBE, a pin from Carter Lohse (1:20), a 12-4 major decision by Owen Gruchow, a 12-3 major decision by Hunter Gruchow, a 14-3 major decision by Sykora and a 10-0 major decision by Robinson.

The Knights wrestle in the West Central Conference/Central Minnesota Conference tournament on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. in Kimball.

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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