Holdingford retains Milaca title

Holdingford, coached by 2001 Milaca graduate Adam Johnson, captured the title at the annual Milaca Invitational Saturday for the second year in a row.

The Huskers topped Milaca 48-18 in the opening round, then followed with a 42-21 victory over Aitkin and a 39-25 triumph over Elk River.

The host Wolves bounced back after their loss to the Huskers and defeated Elk River 44-30 and Aitkin 64-10 to place second.

Holdingford topped Milaca 33-31 in the deciding match last year.

“Milaca has another great team, so beating them and winning the tournament was a big boost for us,” said Johnson. “We don’t have all the wrestlers back that we thought we would so this should remove any doubts my guys had about how good of a team we can be.

“It’s always fun for me to come back to Milaca and see the team wrestle well, win or lose.”

“We came out flat and Adam had his team ready to go,” said Milaca Co-Head Coach Clay Hoeck. “We didn’t have much fire.

“But, we came back and wrestled well against Elk River and Aitkin.”

Holdingford jumped to a early lead and never trailed. The Huskers closed the match with pins at 195 pounds and 220, and won by injury default at heavyweight when Milaca junior Brandon Merten was disqualified for a slam that injured Malcom Dewar enough that Dewar was unable to continue. Dewar didn’t wrestle in Holdingford’s final two matches.

At 145, Milaca senior Jonah Gahm lost by injury default to senior Trevor Scott. Both wrestlers are ranked and the match ended when Gahm suffered a shoulder injury. He held a one-point lead at the time.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Wolves trimmed Mora 53-12 in a Granite Ridge Conference dual at Mora.

The Wolves host Becker tonight (Thursday), at 7:30, then travel to Pierz Friday for a triangular that also includes St. Cloud Apollo.

(Wrestling summaries are on page 11.)