THIEF RIVER FALLS — Nick Stafford won at 174 but an undermanned Ridgewater wrestling team fell to Northland on Wednesday. Stafford won by technical Fall over Northland's Mike Lambert 18-3. Ridgewater had forfeits at six of 10 weights. The Warriors' Leo Kerfeld won by technical fall in an exhibition match. The Warriors wrestle at Rochester on Wednesday, then compete in the Don Parker Open in Eau Claire, Wis., at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4 in their final regular-season competition.
The guys try to recap the past few months of boys basketball action. In the Camden Conference, Central Minnesota Christian is off to a strong start once again as they look to make another state tournament appearance. Melrose leads the way for the West Central Conference but Morris/Chokio-Alberta sits right behind in contention.
The West Central Tribune Sports Show is back after a brief hiatus and with a brand new look. Well, semi-new. The set is the same but the cast is different as Curt Hogg, the newest sports reporter at the Tribune and new co-host of the show, makes his first appearance. He's a UW-Madison graduate and baseball fanatic. He'll be covering throughout the area as normal but he'll also be on the Willmar beat.
CLARA CITY — Trailing by six at halftime, MACCRAY turned things around late for a 43-37 win over Yellow Medicine East on Tuesday night. Anna McCosh of the Sting led all scorers with 11 points, but Ellie Thein and Olivia Ruiter scored 10 points each for MACCRAY. The Wolverines' Sage Mecker and Piper Asche both scored eight points. MACCRAY 43, YME 37 YME 23 14 — 37 MACCRAY 17 26 — 43
NEW LONDON — Caleb Collins (145), Wyatt Jones (152) and Marc Collins (182) won their matches by fall and Jonathan Tostenson (132) and Brandin Dahl (170) earned technical falls to lead the KMS wrestling team to a 58-6 win over New London-Spicer on Tuesday. Josh Soine (195) and Sebastian Bitzan (220) earned NLS' points on decisions. KMS 58, NLS 6 106: Will Magaard, K, dec Blake Vagle 10-4 113: Kyle Meyer, K, won by forfeit 120: Jared Carlson, K, won by forfeit 126: Jacob Carlson, K, dec Sam Stageberg 8-3
SARTELL — Noah Slagter scored 34 points and Drey Dirksen grabbed 17 rebounds but the individual performances weren't enough as Sartell's first half was enough for a 83-73 Central Lakes Conference victory on Tuesday. Slagter was able to hit from all over the court but was especially hot from the free-throw line. He hit 13-of-14 from the charity stripe.
BENSON—Willmar boy's hockey team logged 84 shots and converted on six of them to defeat Morris/Benson Area 6-1 Tuesday night. MBA's goaltender Tony Bruns made 78 saves on the night but it wasn't enough as his team was only able to breakthrough once against Willmar's Gunnar Banks. He finished with 13 saves. The Cardinals got the momentum going early with three goals in the opening period including two within forty seconds to take a 3-0 lead. The Storm scored their lone goal of the game off a Kolby Goff shot 14 seconds before the end of the period.
WILLMAR — A five-point halftime lead fell by the wayside for the Willmar girls' basketball team fell to Fergus Falls 57-44 at home Tuesday night at Willmar High School. The Cardinals' defensive pressure proved stout through the first 18 minutes, holding the Otters to 17 first-half points. In the second half, though, Fergus Falls clicked on all cylinders to pull away for a comfortable win. No Cardinals scored in double figures, but Hannah Johnson and Heidi Sellman led the team with eight points apiece.
BROOTEN — Hailey Braegelman scored 14 points and Macie Kirckof had 10 to lead the BBE girls basketball team to a 61-31 victory over ACGC on Monday. Kendra Schmitz and Morgan Gronli both scored nine points and Gronli also had four steals. Nicole Wesbur scored five points and led the Jaguars with 10 rebounds. Jenna Fischer finished with six points and four assists. BBE 61, ACGC 31 ACGC (2-13) 19 12 — 31 BBE (9-6) 29 32 — 61
HUTCHINSON — The Willmar wrestling team wrapped up a weekend at the Hutchinson Invitational with a second place finish and five individual champions Saturday. The Cardinals scored 190 points, just shy of Hutchinson's 207.5 which was good enough for first place.