by Scott DCamp
Thief River Falls wrestled its way to a fifth place finish in the 18-team Minnesota National Guard Prowler Invitational Saturday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
“It was an up and down day,” said Thief River Falls coach Kenny Geiser. “We had some good wins, but some bad losses too. I would like to see more consistency overall, especially at this point in the season.”
Leading the Prowlers with second place finishes were cousins Cade Lundeen and Josh Bernier.
Lundeen fell 7-0 to Willie Meine of Fertile-Beltrami in the championship match at 120 pounds.
“Cade wrestled some tough matches,” Geiser said. “His semifinal win was a physical match that Cade did a great job of sticking with is offense. He just needs to work on not getting rattled by the top level kids like Meine to make it to the next level.”
Bernier came up one takedown short in a 9-8 loss in the 145-pound championship match against Nick Kaml of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River.
“Josh wrestled great with solid offense from his feet throughout the day,” Geiser said. “He made a few mistakes in the finals and Kaml capitalized on them. It was a great match and Josh came up just short, not for lack of effort though.”
Also placing for the Prowlers were Brenan Peralta and Connor Swanson, who finished in third place at 170 and 195 pounds, respectively; Noah Hawkins, fourth at 160; Hunter Roller, fifth at 182; Ethan Halvorson, fifth at 220; Jake Davis, seventh at 106; Cody Sele, seventh at 126; and Kyle Fowler, eighth at 138.
“Brenan is really looking good from his feet right now,” Geiser said. “He is moving well and seems to have gained some confidence.”
Geiser was also pleased with the strong performances turned in by Swanson and Roller.
“Connor Swanson had a great day,” Geiser said. “He wrestled very smart and aggressive throughout. Hunter had a really good finish to the tournament and has turned a corner. He has some great offense and is fun to watch.”
Section 8AA rival Bemidji won the team title with 201 points. Rounding out the top five were Ottertail Central with 161.5 points, Park Rapids Area 157, Badger/ Greenbush-Middle River 151.5; and the Prowlers 121.5.
n Team totals – Bemidji 201, Ottertail Central 161.5, Park Rapids Area 157, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 151.5, Thief River Falls 121.5, Totino-Grace 119, Norwood-Young America 108.0, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena 100, Detroit Lakes 86, Fertile-Beltrami 74, New York Mills 70.5, Roseau 64, Prairie Valley 36, Red Lake County Central 22, Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway 21, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis 14, Crookston 9, East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart 3.
106 – Jake Davis, seventh, def. Cameron Weiland (Crookston) fall 0:45; def. by Dillon McGee (Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis) 19-15; def. Joe Hudson (Bemidji) 12-4; def. by Joash Lord (Norwood-Young America) fall 1:40 def. Matt Frost (New York Mills) 6-3.
113 – Cade Lundeen, second, def. Marc Hendricks (Ottertail Central) fall 3:38; def. Drake Best (Park Rapids Area) fall 5:29; def. Anthony Hennen (Norwood-Young America) 3-1 ot; def. by Willie Meine (Fertile-Beltrami) 7-0.
126 – Cody Sele, seventh, def. by Indi Farris (Bemidji) 17-2; def. by Ben Kolling (Red Lake County Central) fall 3:14.
138 – Kyle Fowler, eighth, def. Dylan Gustafson (Red Lake County Central) 18-9 10-6; def. by Wallace Michels (Norwood-Young America) 16-6; def. Dylan Fischer (New York Mills) 5-2; def. by Jared Sunram (Park Rapids Area) 10-0; def. by Preston Desrosier (Crookston) 5-0.
145 – Josh Bernier, second, def. Alex Erlandson (Ottertail Central) fall 3:28; def. over Michael Juelson (Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena) 18-1; def. Parker Beyer (Bemidji) 7-3; def. by Nick Kaml (Badger/Greenbush-Middle River) 9-8
152 – Kyle Miller, DNP, def. Matthew Jeska (Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway) 8-6; def. by Austin Baker (Detroit Lakes) fall 1:25; def. by Corey McAllister (Bemidji) 6-4.
160 – Noah Hawkins, fourth, def. Johnny Flynn (New York Mills) 9-7; def. by Mason Frenzel (Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena) 7-3; def. by Nick Peterson (Bemidji) 4-1.
170 – Brenan Peralta, third, def. Kole Platt (Nashwauk-Keewatin/ Greenway) fall 1:13; def. Jake Erckenbrack (New York Mills) 10-7; def. by Blake Skogstad (Roseau) fall 1:07; def. Zach Nelson (Park Rapids Area) 6-1.
182 – Hunter Roller, fifth, def. Josh McKeown (Prairie Valley) fall 3:20; def. Caleb Wickenhauser (Norwood-Young America) 3-1; def. Mason Friederichs (New York Mills) fall 3:48; def. Seth Dostal (Badger/Greenbush-Middle River) 5-2.
195 – Connor Swanson, thrd, def. Brodie Wensloff (Roseau) 14-6; def. by Sam Erckenbrack (New York Mills) 12-1; def. Matt Heurung (Totino-Grace) fall 3:52.
220 – Ethan Halvorson, fifth, def. by Wyatt Yoemans (Bemidji) fall 1:47, def. Ethan Novacek (Badger/Greenbush-Middle River) 3-1, def. Jessie Roberts (New York Mills) 11-3, def. Sage Humphrey (Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena) 3-2 (fall 3:58)
TRF JV Results
95 – Matthew Kolden, first, def. Laredo Bugbee (Ottertail Central) 6-0; def. Hunter Hitchen (Fertile-Beltrami) 5-4; def. Darren Roth (Bemidji) 1-0.
95 – Ethan Nelson, sixth, def. by Garrett Undeberg (Badger/ Greenbush-Middle River) fall 0:25; def. by Laredo Bugbee (Ottertail Central) fall 1:29.
106 – Aaron Bruggeman, first, def. Mason Schroeder (Prairie Valley) fall 0:44; def. Bryce Bergerson (Red Lake County Central) fall 2:14; def. Bryce Golden (Bemidji) 7-6; def. Hoyt Solum (Bemidji) fall 1:59.
113 – Cole Johnson, first, def. Xayvion Rodgers (Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena) fall 0:50; def. Christopher Kenyon (Ottertail Central) fall 3:15; def. Clay Olsen (Bemidji) 9-2; def. Aaron Sharbono (Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena) 4-1.
120 – Preston Klemetson, second, def. Ian Froslee (Ottertail Central) fall 3:38; def. by Nate Golden (Bemidji) fall 1:03.
132 – Tyler Sele, sixth, def. by Hunter Doll (Ottertail Central) tech fall 18-1; def. Ike Elgren (Norwood-Young America) fall 2:05; def. by Austin Carr (Prairie Valley) fall 2:51.
132 – Mason Iverson, seventh, def. by Kaleb Vang (Park Rapids Area) 14-0; def. by Austin Carr (Prairie Valley) tech fall 15-0; def. Ike Elgren (Norwood-Young America) fall 2:15.
138 – Teagan Kruckeberg, DNP, def. by Matt Hendricks (Ottertail Central) 12-4; def. by Elijah Hensel (Park Rapids Area) 9-5.
145 – Bryce Chapin, sixth, def. by Brandon McClellan (Bemidji) 6-4 OT, def. Logan Sutton (Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena) fall 1:24; def. by Matt Holding-Eagle (Fergus Falls) 9-8.
182 – Christian Efteland, fourth, def. Kevin Tierney (Ottertail Central) 4-3; def. by Peter Moen (Bemidji) fall 3:00; def. by Elias Jacobson (Badger/Greenbsh-Middle River) fall 2:07.
182 – Damien Scherber, DNP, def. by Peter Moen (Bemidji) fall 0:48; def. by Sam Meeker (Norwood-Young America) 12-4.
182 – Trevor Matelski, second, def. Sam Meeker (Norwood-Young America) fall 2:37; def. Jacob Berg (Park Rapids Area) fall 0:24; def. Elias Jacobson (Badger/Greenbush-Middle River) fall 3:44; def. by Peter Moen (Bemidji) fall 0:47.
195 – Connor Jensen, second, def. Zach Evans (Badger/ Greenbush-Middle River) 3-2, 2-ot; def. by Ben McDonald (Bemidji) 5-0.
220 – Aj Riddle, first, def. Dwane Johnson (Park Rapids Area) fall 2:24; def. Xavier Whalen (Bemidji) fall 0:52; def. Rj Ehlert (Ottertail Central) 11-2.