Knight wrestlers defeat Scott West 55-9

Heavyweight Mike Kessler of STMA gets in position for an eventual pin against Scott West. (Photo by Bill Halldin)

Heavyweight Mike Kessler of STMA gets in position for an eventual pin against Scott West. (Photo by Bill Halldin)

The St. Michael-Albertville High School wrestling team continued its winning ways as they won 12 of 14 individual matches in defeating Scott West in a dual meet Friday, Dec. 21, at STMA High School, by a score of 55-9.

Scott West, a perennial Minnesota power house in class “AA” wrestling, defeated the Knights last season in a dual, but were no match for the home team, this year, as the Knights dominated the Panthers, with pins from Jordan Joseph, Jake Briggs, Ricky Briggs, and Mikey Kessler, and technical falls from Mitchell McKee and Cole Sladek. With the dual meet victory, the Knights improved their dual meet record to 5-0, but will be severely challenged to keep their dual meet record unblemished, as they next compete in “The Clash”, a 32-team dual meet tournament that attracts many of the nation’s top high school wrestling teams from all over the United States.

Mitch McKee gains position on his way to a tech fall, winning the match 22-7. STMA dominated Scott West 55-9. (Photo by Bill Halldin)

Mitch McKee gains position on his way to a tech fall, winning the match 22-7. STMA dominated Scott West 55-9. (Photo by Bill Halldin)

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106-Aaron Dick (STMA) major dec. over Carter Piche (SW) 13-1

113-Mitchell McKee (STMA) tech fall over Ben Kelvington (SW) 22-7

120-Tommy Thorn (STMA) major dec. over David Flynn (SW) 17-6

126-Colten Schoen (STMA) major dec. over Jacob Backlund (SW) 11-3

132-Mark Voss (STMA) dec. over Zach Siegle (SW) 4-2, OT

138-Cole Sladek (STMA) tech fall over Jake Weierke (SW) 21-6

145-Lincoln Mallinger (STMA) dec. over Luke Zilverberg (SW) 5-3, OT

152-Mitchel Herian (STMA) dec. over Shane Abraham (SW) 4-0

160-Andrew Fogarty (SW) pinned Ryan Rostamo (STMA) 1:53

170-Derek Dahlke (SW) dec. over Owen Gammell (STMA) 6-2

182-Jordan Joseph (STMA) pinned Jake Schultz (SW) 3:08

195-Jake Briggs (STMA) pinned Ray Carter (SW) 5:21

220-Ricky Briggs (STMA) pinned Willie Staples (SW) 0:58

285-Mikey Kessler (STMA) pinned Danny McDonnell (SW) 1:27

ऀThe Knight wrestlers will compete in 3 dual meets on Friday Dec. 28th and 3 duals on Saturday Dec. 29th at Rochester in “The Clash” dual meet tournament.

In the Friday duals, they wrestle Kimball (Minnesota) at 4 p.m., then wrestle again at 6 p.m., and again at 8 p.m., win or lose, against opponents yet to be determined.

If STMA wins its first dual against Kimball on Friday, they will again wrestle their Saturday duals at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. If STMA loses their first dual against Kimball, they would wrestle their Saturday duals at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.

There are 4 pools with 8 teams in each pool. The Knights are the number one seed in their pool. Oak Park River Forest (Illinois) is the number 2 seed, Blue Springs (Missouri) is the number 3 seed, and Collins Hill (Georgia) is the number 4 seed, in the Knights’ pool. The other number one seeds in the 3 other pools include: Apple Valley  (Minnesota), Carl Sandburg (Illinois), and Brandon (Florida). The tournament is held at Rochester Community College.

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