Wrestling: Rogers 3rd at BC tourney, Martinez is champ

By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
Rogers placed third among ten  teams at the Brooklyn Center Invitational on Saturday and had one champion.
Cruz Martinez was champion at 126 pounds. Placing third were Philip Anderson at 132 an Ryan Lien at 220. Placing fourth were Connor Larson at 138, Tyler Eicher at 160, and Andrew Piehl at 285. Jake Owens w as fifth at 170 and  Jordan Lemcke sixth at 182.
Minnetonka won with 186, followed by Osseo  185.5, Rogers 161.5, Minneapolis Henry 150.5, St. Paul Central 143, South St. Paul 140, Mahtomedi 124.5, Brooklyn Center-Concordia Academy 106, Orono 80.5, Rockforld 56.5.
In earlier action, Rogers had a humbling outing with losses of  51-14 to St. Francis and 62-9 to Cambridge-Isanti on Friday evening at Cambridge.
Cambridge-Isanti is 12-0 in duals and ranked No. 3 in Class 3A. St. Francis is 3-1. The Royals dropped to 5-5.
“We saw some good things tonight but we learned what we need to work on,” said Rogers coach Chris Donnay.
Kyler Swanson became Rogers career wins leader, beating Lucas Phelps of St. Francis 12-5 at 145 pounds. Swanson’s 105th win eclipsed the previous record of 104 by Todd Klemz.
Swanson (17-5) then got pinned against Cambridge-Isanti.
Philip Anderson and Connor Larson each won twice for Rogers. Donnay said Jordan Lemcke had a  good outing also with a tech fall and a 14-4 loss to No. 4 ranked Cody Skog of C-I.
Rogers will wrestle at Big Lake on Thursday.

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