Roundup: Alexandria, Osakis, Minnewaska open seasons at invites
Reggie George of Osakis and Alexandria's Mason McGrane, Blaze Nelson, Kelly Johnson and Mason Teaser all got first-place finishes in their weight classes at the Sauk Centre-Melrose Invite Friday.
The Alexandria and Osakis wrestling teams opened their seasons at the Sauk Centre-Melrose Early Bird Invite on Friday as the Cardinals took third (109.5 points) in the six-team field and the Silverstreaks finished fifth with 83 points.
Osakis got a first-place finish from freshman Reggie George at 106 pounds as he went 5-0 on the day. That was just in front of Alexandria’s Nolan Fettig, who finished 4-1 and in second place after George won by fall against Fettig in 3:55.
Other top-five individual finishes for Osakis came from Simon Jacobson (4th, 113), Jacob Taplin (2nd, 120), Hunter Sell (5th, 138), Kale Drevlow (2nd, 152), Carsten Jacobson (4th, 160), and Tyson Hagedon (2nd, 170).
Alexandria had four wrestlers win their weight class in Mason McGrane (120), Blaze Nelson (138), Kelly Johnson (152) and Mason Teaser (170). McGrane won all three of his matches by fall, including his round three win in just 55 seconds over Jimmy Carlisle of Albany.
Nelson won his first two matches by fall before a 19-4 tech fall win in the championship of the 138-pound bracket. Teaser went 3-1 on the day as he got two first-period pins and a third win by major decision in a 10-1 final.
Johnson went 3-0 on the day, including a 9-3 decision win over Drevlow in the first-place match. Johnson added a pin in his first round and then an 8-3 decision win in round two.
Alexandria’s other top-5 finishes came from Logan Timm (5th, 113), Brenden Bryce (4th, 126), Landon Seward (5th, 160), Jackson Saffert (4th, 182), Gavryn Fernholz (4th, 195), Luke Maanum (3rd, 220) and David Rauscher (5th, 285).
Lakers third at Big Lake
Minnewaska finished third at the 8-team Big Lake Invite on Friday as the Lakers totaled 168 points.
Royalton won the invite with 207 points, and Big Lake was second at 204.5.
Minnewaska had a couple of second-place individual finishes to lead the way. Jacob Blair was runner-up at 145 pounds as he went 2-1 on the day with a first-period pin in his opening match and a 2-0 decision win in round two.
Nate Rankin added a second-place finish at 220 pounds. Rankin pinned his first two opponents in 4:20 and 1:29, but had to withdraw in the championship due to injury against Justin Matson of Pine City-Hinckley-Finlayson.
Other top-six finishes for Minnewaska came from Miles Wildman (3rd, 106), Torii Johnson (3rd, 113), Chase Smith (3rd, 120), Nick Ankeny (3rd, 126), Mason Schiffler (3rd, 132), Easton McCrory (4th, 138), Nathan Dell (6th, 160), Dalton Friedrichs (4th, 170), Xander Johnson (3rd, 182), and Chase Boelke (5th, 195).