Prep wrestling: KMS 7-for-7 in title matches
WILLMAR — The Fighting Saints muscle their way into half of the 14 championship matches at the Willmar Classic Friday and took gold in every one.
That allowed Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg to overcome the 2011 champion and host team for the team title 216 to 211.5.
The Cardinals won 4 of 5 title matches.
KMS regained the crown of the Classic it lost last year by a 252 to 224 score. The Saints have won 5 of the last 6 invites here.
Willmar sophomore Juan Resendez pin his way to the 113-pound title with sticks at 4:27, 1:30 and 4:33 in the title match.
Nick Meyer at 120 and Cody Peters at 125 picked up back-to-back titles for KMS. Austin Miley, the Classic champ at 120 a year ago, won for Willmar at 132. Travis Deegan followed with another first for Willmar at 145.
Zach Carlson of KMS, the runner-up at 138 last year, gook the 152-pound medal defeating Colten Carlson (no relation) of Willmar 11-6. Carlson was second at 145 last December in this event.
Jordan Rothers and Austin Rothers won consecutive finals for KMS at 170 and 182. Jordan also won last year at 160-pounds. Austin, who pinned his first two foes, barely got by Taylor Lundebreck of Waska 2-1 in the final.
The first-place medal run continued with Jorge Munoz-Peterson at 195 and Chase Norton at 220 taking the top step on the podium.
Willmar’s Cass Herzog had quite a day. The Cardinals heavyweight repeated but it could not have been closer. He won both matches 3-2. He beat Jason Mertens of Quad County in the final for the second Friday night in a row.
Quad County came on strong in this tournament. The pairing or RCW, MACCRAY and YME took third with Aaron Lalim at 170 pounds also finishing runner-up.
(1) Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 216 (2) Willmar 211.5 (3) Quad County 137.5 (4) Benson 135 (5) Montevideo 118.5 (6) Eden Valley-Watkins 94 (7) Sauk Centre/Melrose 86 (8) St. Cloud Tech 81 (9) Minnewaska 75 (10) Redwood Valley
106: Joseph Weaver, Min, fall. Luke Dorn, SCT, 3:34
113: Juan Resendez, Wil, fall, Brett Olsen, RV, 4:33
120: Nick Meyer, KMS, fall Dillon Thooft, RV, 5:51
126: Cody Peters, KMS, dec Morgan Staton, Ben, 10-4
132: Austin Miley, Wil, dec Spencer Sulflow, Mon, 12-5
138: Ben Lundebrek, Ben, fall Logan Knoshal, Mon, 5:51
145: Travis Deegan, Wil, dec Bryce Goff, Ben, 8-4
152: Zach Carlson, KMS, dec Colten Carlson, Wil, 11-6
160: Austin Peterson, EVW, fall Cody Hammerschmidt, Ben, 5:45
170: Jordon Rothers, KMS, fall Aaron Lalim, QC, 2:28
182: Austin Rothers, KMS, dec. Taylor Lundebreck, Min, 2-1
195: Jorge Munoz-Peterson, KMS, dec Brad Jacobs, Min, 4-1
220: Chase Norton, KMS, dec Noah Voigt, SCT, 5-3
285: Cass Herzog, Wil, dec Jason Mertens, QC, 3-2
106: Jacob Bollig, Wil, fall Christian Kanten, Mon, 5:03
113: Victor Rivera, QC, fall Trenton Abrego, Ben, 3:43
120: Zach Lueders, Wil, dec. Colten Specht, QC, 6-0
126: Nate Mittag, Wil, fall Donavin McCann, EVW, 2:48
132: Grant Ascheman, Ben, dec Zach Blonigan, EVW, 7-6
138: Tommy Latzka, SCM, fall Kirby Winson, QC, 3:15
145: Mitch Kwilinski, Mon, dec Travis Lamecker, KMS, 7-2
152: Cain Renner, EVW, fall Mason Kwilinski, Mon, 5:06
160: Vaughn Johnson, Wil, fall Zach Fischer, QC, 1:33
170: Justin Welling, Mon, techfall Patrick Niehaus, SCT, 17-0
182: Artruo Stefanoni, SCM, fall Trevor Berreau, Ben, 7-6, OT
195: Landon Evans, QC, fall Jalen Cabrera, Wil, 1:27
220: Trey Cox, QC, dec Saul Ellering, SCM, 5-0
285: Jared Nieland, SCT, dec Tyler Jensen, Ben, 8-2
113: Jonathan Tostenson, KMS, dec Austin Brenner, SCT, 9-4
120: Tyler Donnay, EVW, majdec Tucker Brouwer, SCT, 15-4
126: Bailey Eickhoff, Mon, default Will Funk, SCM
132: Trevor Fagen, QC, dec Casey Thorson, KMS, 10-5
138: Eli Gunderson, Wil, fall Derek Krieger, KMS, 3:11
145: John Sclzl, EVW, fall Dereck Karasch, SCm, 2:38
152: Chase Rahe, RV, dec Wyatt Hatch, QC, 6-0
160: Kyle Baker, KMS, dec Anthony Quigley, Mon, 7-4
170: Kory Welgraven, Wil, fall Logan Wigton, Wil, 2:25
182: David Nelson, Mon, dec Darius O’Neill, Wil, 6-0
195: Jordan Flinn, Mon, default Alex Thompson, SCM
220: Lyle Miller, EVW, fall Jr. Formo, Min, 4:14
285: Charlie Barhorst, SCM, default Felix Tapia, KMS, 2:27