MELROSE -- Paynesville won six matches by forfeit, including the first four matches, to drub Melrose 58-12 in the West Central North Conference and pick up their first win of the season Thursday. Aaron Burris at 160 pounds and Corey Spanier at 215 won their matches by fall for the Bulldogs (1-2, 1-5). Justin Wendlandt at 130, Tyler Hemmesch at 135 and Cody Fuchs at 140 also earned decisions for Paynesville. Paynesville 58, Melrose 12 103: Dustin Sieben, Pay, won by forfeit 112: Jeff Albrigth, Pay, won by forfeit 119: Jordan Christian, Pay, won by forfeit 125: Hayden Spaeth, Pay, won by
BENSON -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City junior Ben Meyer won his 100th career match and the Falcons came within seconds of posting a shutout as ACGC upended Benson 66-3 Thursday in the West Central South Conference. Benson (1-1, 3-4) got its only points at the 130-pound match when Brad Plumhoff earned a reversal at the third-period buzzer against Bill Wheeler.
SARTELL -- Willmar won the first four matches, but Sartell then took the next five and two of the last three to remain unbeaten as the Sabres posted a 32-31 win in the Central Lakes Conference Thursday. Alex Johannes (14-2) at 103 pounds and Erik Borgos (11-3) at 119 both won by major decision while Adam Fagerstorm (6-0) at 112 and Nick Braun (4-0) at 125 earned shutouts to give Willmar (2-1, 3-4) a quick 14-0 lead. The Sabres (4-0, 4-0) stormed back to take a 23-14 behind two pins (130, 145), two major decisions (135, 140) and a 8-6 decision at 152. Willmar's Drew Larson suffered only his
WILLMAR -- Six different players scored for Willmar as the Cardinals snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-0 Central Lakes Conference victory over Little Falls. The Cardinals (2-6, 5-9) outshot Little Falls 38-8. Willmar's Abby Schueller was credited with a shutout. Willmar scored twice in each period. Allie Sweep and Taylor Sandberg tallied in the opening period.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar gymnastics team evened its Central Lakes Conference record at 2-2 by leaping past Little Falls 131.2-128.4 Thursday night at the Kennedy Elementary gymnasium. It was Willmar's third best score in six meets, falling short of a 131.5 against Sauk Rapids and a 134 against New London-Spicer. Annalise Bratt took first in all-around (34.95), the second Central Lakes Conference meet that the Willmar sophomore has placed first in total points. Bratt also won on bars (8.8). Laura Polman won vault (8.65) and Bethany Pollock took the floor exercise with a score of 9.05.
ROCHESTER -- Poor shooting and numerous turnovers proved too costly for Ridgewater Wednesday as Rochester doused the Warriors 78-55 in the MCCC Southern Division opener for both squads. The Yellowjackets (1-0, 9-2), who raced to a 50-28 lead at halftime, scored 43 points off of Ridgewater's turnovers.
ROCHESTER -- Rochester made half of its shots from three-point range and found its way to the free throw line many times to hand Ridgewater a 64-50 loss the MCCC Southern Division women's basketball opener Wednesday. The Yellowjackets (1-0, 10-5) sank nine 3-pointers and made 15-of-18 free throws. In comparison, the Lady Warriors (0-1, 6-6) made 4-of-12 three-pointers and just 4 of 7 from the free-throw line.
After not appearing in the Minnesota Basketball News Class AAA poll for three straight weeks, the Willmar boys are No. 9 in the latest poll that was released Wednesday. The Cardinals, which were ranked No. 9 in the preseason poll and moved up two spots a week later, are 4-1 in the Central Lakes Conference and 7-2 overall and host Little Falls (2-3, 4-3) tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a CLC clash.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City is the only area team to be among the top 12 in the ratings of The Guillotine, Minnesota's statewide wrestling publication. The Falcons (6-0), third in Class A last season, wrestle at Benson (6-3) in a West Central South Conference match tonight.
The area's top boys basketball players are posting scoring numbers at a higher rate than last season -- tremendously higher. Benson's Daniel Fragodt, the area's leading scorer, just dropped below the 30 points-per-game mark to 29.8 after nine games. Last season at this time, he was averaging 21.4 points in five games to lead the area. Three other players are topping Fragodt's pace from last season: Paynesville's Cory Nietfeld with 24.0 ppg, Montevideo's Tyler Grey at 22.7 and Redwood Valley's Mike Felt at 22.5. -- T.J.