The St. Michael-Albertville wrestling team began its season with a dual meet win over Monticello Friday, Dec. 6, by a score of 44-24, then crowned 7 individual champions enroute to winning the team title in the STMA Invitational Tourney, the next day.
The Knights won 9 out of 14 marches in the Monticello dual with pins from Zach Nygaard, Tommy Thorn, and Jake Briggs. Mark Voss and Evan Foster had major decision wins for the home team and 4 Knights, Zach Nygaard, Lucas Jeske, Evan Ronsen, and Evan Foster each were victorious in their first-ever varsity matches.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Knights hosted 9-teams at the annual STMA Invitational Tourney and amassed 242 team points to win the title. Elk River was second with 163 team points followed by Forest Lake-137, Dassel-Cokato-127, Tri-City United-121.5, Benilde-St. Margaret’s-109, St. Cloud Appollo-74, Spring Lake Park-65.5, and Minneapolis Roosevelt-29.5.
Winning individual titles for STMA included: Zach Nygaard (106 pounds), Aaron Dick (113), Mitchell McKee (126), Tommy Thorn (132), Mark Voss (145), Ryan Jones (182), and Jake Briggs (195). Senior Aaron Dick at 113 pounds, won the trophy for “Most Falls-Least Time” as he secured 3 pins in a total time of 4 minutes and 4 seconds. Tommy Thorn also had 3 pins in winning the 132 pound title.
Freshman Evan Foster(182) was the only runnerup finisher for the Knights, while Lucas Jeske(160) and Randy Anderson(220), each earned a third place finish. Other placewinners for the Knight varsity included: Zac Schoen (120-fourth), Jeff Geiger (138-fourth), Garrett Ailts (152-fourth), Talon Juusola (152-sixth), Evan Ronsen (170-fourth), and Andrew Puett (195-fifth).
Coach Lefebvre said, “We had a very good opening weekend. Our veterans wrestled like veterans and we had some guys new to the varsity really shine this weekend, also. Four of our kids had a varsity win in their first varsity match on Friday against Monticello. Zac Nygaard won Friday, then won the tourney title on Saturday impressively in his first varsity appearances and we had some very good efforts from our other first time varsity performers.”
The number 3-rated (AAA) Knights travel to New Prague (#7-AA) Thursday, Dec. 12, for a dual meet, then go to the Prior Lake Duals, on Saturday, Dec. 14, where they will compete against Prior Lake(#2-AAA), Simley(#4-AA), and Farmington, in dual meets.