By Bruce Strand
The Rogers wrestlers had one champion, Tyler Eicher, along with two runners-up and two third-places, in the first-ever Mississippi 8 individuals tournament Friday at Monticello.
The conference’s two Class 3A powers, No. 2 ranked St. Michael-Albertville and No. 5 Cambridge-Isanti, combined for eight of the 14 championships at Monticello.
Eicher, a senior, was the 182-pound champion with a 9-6 decision over Princeton’s Wyatt Ross in the finals. Eicher (24-6) pinned Big Lake’s Tanner Snare in 4:14 and got default over Buffalo’s Hunter Durand while leading 9-0 to reach the finals.
No. 5 ranked Philip Anderson (28-2) was runner-up at 138 pounds, losing to Monticello’s Zach Beaumaster 6-2 in the finals. Anderson pinned St. Francis’ Tyler Dahlstrom in 3:38 and beat Cambridge-Isanti’s Reegan Lane 12-0.
Jordan Lemcke (23-8) was runner-up at 195, all three matches close and hard-fought. He beat St. Francis’ Blaine Nordin 7-6, beat Cambridge-Isanti’s Dakota Johnson 2-1 in three overtimes, and lost to STMA’s Jake Briggs 5-3 in the title match.
Jake Owens (23-7) placed third at 220 with a 3-1 mark, losing to Buffalo’s No. 5 ranked Adam Treptau 4-1 in the semifinals.
Andrew Piehl (24-6) placed third at 285 with a 3-1 mark and two pins. He lost to champion Brent Riddle of Monticello 7-4 in the semifinals.
Bret Wilson (29-3) went 2-2 for fifth place after entering the tournament with a 27-1 record. The eighth-grader lost to Cambridge-Isanti’s Carlo Holmberg 13-5 and Big Lake’s Logan Donais 7-3.
Cruz Larson was 1-3 at 126 while Jay Larson, Connor Larson, Jordan Bond and Sam Suedbeck were each 0-2. The Royals had no entry at 113, 132, 170,
St. Michael-Albertville had five champions: Aaron Dick at 106, Mitchell McKee at 120, Tommy Thorn at 126, Mark Voss at 145, and Jake Briggs at 195.
Cambridge-Isanti had three champions: Brady Kuntz at 113, David Kent at 152, and Cody Skog at 160.
Other champions were Princeton’s Tim Bialka at 132, Chisago Lakes’ Joe Virga at 170, Kyle Chromy at 220, and Monticello’s Brent Riddle at 285