Falcons pound Wolves, sub-section Feb. 12

Foley defeated Milaca 47-15 in the annual wrestling showdown between the Falcons and Wolves last Friday night at Milaca.

The score would indicate it was a shelling.

It was.

A “healthy at last” Foley team was primed to show why it’s ranked No. 3 in The Guillotine wrestling magazine’s Class AA ratings.

And, the Falcons did.

“This is as healthy as we’ve been all season,”  said Foley Co-Coach Lyle Freudenberg. “I think our kids were pretty fired up.

“They wrestled well against a Milaca team that has some very good wrestlers.”

“Milaca is young and our experience helped us,” said Scott Gorecki, Foley’s other co-coach, who will take over for the veteran Freudenberg following the 2013-2014 season. “Milaca will be a team to watch the next few years.”

“Foley has another very good team,” said Milaca Co-Coach Mitch Vedders. “Now that they are healthy they look very strong.

“With our young team we still need to learn how to keep matches close. We haven’t quite figured out that every point matters.”

Milaca scored just three victories.

-At 113 pounds junior Ray Hoffman pinned eighth-grader Clayton Lewandowski in 40 seconds.

-Senior co-captain Joey Curtis scored a 17-10 decision over junior Logan Lunde at 132.

-And, sophomore Austin Weidner pinned junior Aaron Juetten at 170.

Foley received pins from seventh-grader Mitch Rothfork at 103, junior Tyler Funk at 120 and senior Tristan Manderfeld at 126. Junior Brandon Halvorson at 152 and junior Tyler Midas at 182 scored technical falls.

Funk, Manderfeld, senior Keith Thell, who scored a 13-4 major decision over ninth-grader Dru Kuchenbaker at 138, sophomore Carter Nielsen, who won a 9-3 decision over sophomore Jack Barsody at 145, and Midas are all state-ranked.

At 160, Foley senior Nathan Beehler won a hard-fought 6-4 overtime decision over sophomore Josh Otten.

The match ended with Falcon junior Mitch Struffert scoring an 11-5 decision over junior Brandon Merten at heavyweight. Merten entered the match ranked No. 9.

The Wolves were without starters sophomore Hunter Noor (18-4) at 120 and sophomore Logan Sahlstrom (10-1) at 138. Both were sidelined with injuries.

The victory clinched another Granite Ridge Conference title for Foley.


Blaine Tournament

The Wolves had a tough time at the Blaine Tournament Saturday, losing to Detroit Lakes 41-27 and Coon Rapids 39-20 while defeating Irondale 63-10.

Rosemount went 3-0 to win the meet, topping Detroit Lakes 39-30 in the title match.

“The tournament was pretty much the same story for us,” said Vedders. “We need our guys to push for every point in every match and refuse to be put on their backs.”

Milaca closes the regular season tonight (Thursday) with a quadrangular at Sauk Rapids-Rice starting at 5 p.m.

The other teams in the meet are Sauk Rapids-Rice, Brainerd and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, which is 16-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class A.


Section 7AA meet

The Section 7AA Tournament begins Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Wolves will be competing in the South Sub-Section.

The seeding for the sub-section will be this week, with Chisago Lakes, Milaca and Mora expected to get the top three seeds. The order for those seeds is up in the air as Chisago Lakes topped Milaca, Mora defeated Chisago Lakes and Milaca stopped Mora during the regular season.

Matches Tuesday are at 5 p.m. and 7.

The top two teams advance to the section semifinals and finals Friday, Feb. 15, at Pine City.

(A preview of the sub-section tournament will be on the Times website Friday, Feb. 8.)

WOLVES NOTES: Vedders said the status of Noor and Sahlstrom is day to day and it’s hoped both will be healthy for the sub-section/section meet….

Kuchenbaker placed fifth at 138 pounds at the State Ninth Grade Individual Tournament Saturday….

According to coaches, Grand Rapids and Hibbing appear to be the top two teams in the North Sub-Section of Section 7AA….

The Section 7AA Individual Tournament is Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hibbing….