Delano wrestling invite
Apple Valley proved why it has dominated the state wrestling scene in recent years after cruising to victory at Saturday’s Delano Invitational.
After Apple Valley posted 232.5 points to run away with the title, there was a close battle between Milaca/Faith Christian (144) and Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran (142.5). Delano scored 115.5 and St. Peter had 63.5
The good thing about the tournament format is Tucker Sjomeling finally got the chance to wrestle. In two previous dual meets, opponents forfeited at the 113-pound weight class, not having to face a defending state champ.
The Tiger tourney involves a round robin format because there are only five teams. Sjomeling posted two wins by pin and won the third by a 16-1 technical fall against Apple Valley.
“Tucker has looked very good,” said coach Jeff Olson. “Wrestling at 113 really isn’t any different than wrestling 106 was for him last year. He is planning on dropping down to 106 later in the season. He worked extremely hard in the offseason. He was actively involved with tennis and cross country. He also lifted weights and wrestled last spring and a little this fall.”
In other weight classes at the Tiger invite,
Aaron Wagner was 2-2 and finished fourth at 195 pounds. Kevin Kneisl took second at 285, with Walker Russek fifth.
Earlier in the week Delano edged Orono 37-33 when Kneisl pinned his man in just 40 seconds of the last match.
Other wins were by Camden Tschudi, Cole Paskach, Sam Oeffling, Zach Knight, Marty Soderberg and Wagner.
Tiger gymnastics second
Delano finished second at the recent Rock N Roll Invitational gymnastics meet in Maple Lake with 129.25 points behind champion Big Lake with 138.05.
Senior Amelia Sutherland placed second in the all-around with sophomore Cassie Moe fourth.
Sutherland was second on floor exercise, third on vault and eighth on balance beam. Moe was fifth on beam and bars, eighth on vault and ninth on floor.
Paige Hagen was fifth on vault and Kaarina Eskola placed fourth on balance beam.
The Tigers compete at New London-Spicer, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.
Rockford gymnasts top HLWW
Rockford won the dual gymnastics meet last week over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 120 to 70.
Amber Sahli won the all-around title, plus placed first on floor exercise, second on uneven bars and beam and was third on vault.
Julia Dalluge was first on vault and bars. Heidi Trandahl was second on vault, third on beam and third on floor.
Rachel Selly finished first on beam, second on floor and fifth on vault. Skylar Young was third on bars. Madisyn Bartlett was fifth on bars, beam and floor.
The last home meet at the new facility located at the middle school is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 against Rush City/Hinckley/Pine City/Finlayson.