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ABOVE: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City’s Maverick Whitcomb managed to major Chatfield’s Austin Dahl in the 182-pound match 9-0, but the Falcons still trailed 29-16 with three matches left in the Class A final on Thursday at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

Prep wrestling: ACGC comes up short in Class A finals

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By Rand Middleton

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rmiddleton@wctib.com

ST. PAUL — The Falcons knew they were in for a test in the Class A state title match.

Chatfield was loaded low in the lineup, not bad in the middle, and plenty salty up top.

It added up to a 38-22 victory for the No. 3-seeded Gophers over No. 1 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Thursday evening at the Xcel Energy Center. It was the first state title for Chatfield while the Falcons were seeking their second.

The Gophers dumped the Falcons in a 23-3 hole to start. After Rylan Molinaro started with a 3-2 win for ACGC’s only lead, Chatfield made an early statement with successive second-period pins.

“Coming in to the match we knew we had to save some points early or we’d be in trouble up top,” said Maverick Whitcomb, who gained one of the Falcons’ five wins. “When Tyler Berghuis lost 4-1, it didn’t look good.”

Berghuis, one of the Falcons’ best bets low in the lineup, lost 4-1 at 132 to Ryan Meeker, no slouch at 30-6.

Unbeaten and defending individual champion Larry Bomstad and Logan Peterson got the Falcons’ only back-to-back wins, but that only made it 23-12 with six matches left.

ACGC head coach Mike Amsden saw the title match as very close and going down to heavyweight.

“We lost the flip and they got the matchups they wanted,” he said. “They bumped up on us and we couldn’t get the matchups we wanted.”

Amsden cited another reason for Chatfield’s superiority in the championship dual.

“They’ve been in the weightroom,” he said. “When they were on top, there strength led them do what they wanted.”

Lucas Damm got the Falcons’ last points with a 1-minute pin. He begins defense of his 220-pound state individual title today.

Also starting the individual tourney today for ACGC are Molinaro at 106, Brennen Holien at 113, Tyler Berghuis at 132, Bomstad at 145, Peterson at 152, Maverick Whitcomb at 182 and Cody Berghuis at 195.

Chatfield 38, ACGC 22

106: Rylan Molinaro, A, dec Maleek Hussein 3-2

113: Jared Goldsmith, C, pin Brennen Holien 3:49

120: Ty VanSickel, C, pin A.J. Schmidt 2:37

126: Jake Mandt, C, maj Cameron Whitcomb 10-2

132: Ryan Meeker, C, dec Tyler Berghuis 4-1

138: Hank Friederichs, C, maj Derek Dengerud 11-3

145: Larry Bomstad, A, pin Tye Bentz 1:03

152: Logan Peterson, A, dec A.J. Riley 4-0

160: Harvey Friederichs, C, dec Sheldon Rasmussen 5-0

170: Alex Haffner, C, dec Jordan Nelson 9-2

182: Maverick Whitcomb, A, maj Austin Dahl 9-0

195: Cody Bly, C, dec Cody Berghuis 4-2 ot

220: Lucas Damm, A, pin Ian Morrison 1:00

285: Jacob Bleess, C, pin Jordan Fester 0:51

Semifinals

ACGC 38, Jackson CC 25

A slim win at 106 by the Huskies to open the dual was followed by five ACGC wins over the next six weights. Three straight falls from Tyler Berghuis at 132, Derek Dengerud at 138 and Bomstad (18 seconds) at 145 gave the Falcons a 23-6 lead.

JCC star junior Paden Moore ended ACGC’s run by outlasting top-ranked Logan Peterson 3-1 at 152. Moore only trailed Peterson in the individual rankings.

Later on Jordan Nelson earned a 10-5 decision at 170 and Maverick Whitcomb at 195 and Damm at 220 both came up with pins for ACGC.

Brennen Holien (10-8) at 113 and A.J. Schmidt (11-6 in overtime) at 120 gave ACGC two early decisions and a 6-3 lead.

106: Dalton Wagner, J, dec Rylan Molinaro 3-2

113: Brennen Holien, A, dec Jacob Tvinnereim 10-8

120: A.J. Schmidt, A, dec Ryker VanderWoude 11-6 ot

126: Jordan Biehn, J, dec Cameron Whitcomb 14-10

132: Tyler Berghuis, A, pin Dakota Rossow 3:44

138: Derek Dengerud, A, tcfl Jared Bakalyar 4:34

145: Larry Bomstad, A, pin Triston Peterson 0:18

152: Paden Moore, J, dec Logan Peterson 3-1

160: Luke Norland, J, maj Sheldon Rasmussen 15-6

170: Jordan Nelson, A, dec Christopher Baker 10-5

182: Keegan Moore, J, pin Cody Berghuis 0:15

195: Maverick Whitcomb, A, pin Jack Ziemer 3:29

220: Lucas Damm, A, pin Matthew Schmit 1:53

285: Nathaniel Horn, J, pin Jordan Fester 5:58

Quarterfinals

ACGC 43, Sibley East 20

The top-ranked Falcons never trailed and allowed Sibley East, a team they beat 41-18 on Jan. 30 in Grove City, to win only five bonus points.

Rylan Molinaro posted a pin near the end of the second period to get the Falcons on the board first. Sibley East followed with three wins over the next five weights to keep it close, but technical falls from Bomstad at 145 and Peterson at 160 allowed the Falcons to seize control.

Pins from Maverick Whitcomb at 182, Damm at 220 and Jordan Fester at 285 gave ACGC more icing on the cake. The Falcons also got decisions from Schmidt at 120, Cameron Whitcomb at 126 and Nelson at 170.

106: Rylan Molinaro, A, pin Tommy Wentzlaff 3:45

113: Tanner Pasvogel, S, maj Brennen Holien 11-2

120: A.J. Schmidt, A, dec Mitch Heibel 4-3

126: Cameron Whitcomb, A, dec Mason Voight 10-6

132: Jason Meyer, S, dec Tyler Berghuis 2-0

138: Austin Brockhoff, S, dec Derek Dengerud 6-0

145: Larry Bomstad, A, tcfl Quinlan Riffenburg 17-1

152: Hunter Retzlaff, S, maj Sheldon Rasmussen 14-4

160: Logan Peterson, A, tcfl Mitchell Wentzlaff 22-7

170: Jordan Nelson, A, dec Jake Wentzlaff 6-5

182: Maverick Whitcomb, A, pin Austin Kube 1:11

195: Nathan Rose, S, pin Cody Berghuis 1:39

220: Lucas Damm, A, pin Jon DeFrane 3:10

285: Jordan Fester, A, pin Jaden Podratz 1:28

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334
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