By Bruce Strand
Philip Anderson was the 138-pound champion, highlighting the Rogers Royals’ seventh-place showing in the 12-team Fridley Invitational on Saturday to open their season.
“For only having eight guys we did pretty well today,” said coach Chris Donnay. “We had a tough first round, only winning three matches, but the kids came back and wrestled much better the rest of the day. I think they just needed to shake the cobwebs off a little bit.”
Anderson had two pins, then a 6-0 finals win over Tartan’s Peyton Floyd.
“Phil didn’t give up a point all day, and looked great,” said the coach.
Also making the finals was Ryan Lien with two pins at 220. He lost to Tartan’s Mitch Marah and finished second.
Kyler Swanson was third at 145 with a 3-1 record. Tyler Eicher was 3-2 at 170 and placed fourth. Jake Owens at 182 and Jordan Lemcke at 195 were each 2-2 and placed fifth. Peter Oakland was sixth at 285.
“Ryan had a great tournament. He gave up one big move in the finals that cost him. Eicher wrestled his best tournament ever, I was very impressed with him today. Lemcke and Owens both second-year guys kept up where they left off last year.”
Three starters missed the tournament with injuries.
“Once we get our full lineup on the mat we’ll be pretty tough.”
Rogers will wrestle at the Maple Grove tournament next Saturday.