Wrestling Wrap: Z-M 14th at The Clash
Zumbrota-Mazeppa won just one of its three duals on Friday, but responded with two wins on Saturday to shore up an impressive 14th-place finish at the 29-team Clash National Wrestling Duals tournament at the UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester.
On Friday, the Cougars beat Providence Catholic (Ill.), 32-25, then lost to Glenbard North (Ill.), 43-22, and Park Hill (Mo.), 48-18, dropping Z-M into the 4th Bracket for Saturday's final three duals.
In the first round of Saturday's round-robin format, the Cougars were edged by Ellsworth, 33-29. But Z-M came back with a 33-28 win over Wasatch (Wis.) and a 42-39 decision over Prior Lake.
The top bracket featured some of the best teams in the nation as ranked by InterMat. But it was sixth-ranked Montini Catholic (Ill.) that stole the show, dominating every opponent it faced, including No. 26 Apple Valley (63-6), No. 13 Park Hill (53-21) and No. 8 St. Edward, Ohio (47-9) on Saturday.
Goodhue second, K-W fifth at Bi-State Classic
Goodhue crossed the Mississippi River for the two-day Bi-State Classic in Holmen, Wis. on Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats competed in Division 3, finishing second with 171.5 points. Stratford, Wis. won with 319.5 points. Kenyon-Wanamingo ended up fifth in Division 3 with 136.5, behind Iowa-Grant/Highland (154.4) and Athens, Wis. (142.5).
Goodhue had two top-five finishes with Kaleb O'Reilly taking home a fourth-place medal at 170 pounds, while Kelby O'Reilly did the same at 182.
Jeron Matson got a silver medal for the Knights at 120 for K-W's only top-five finish.
Pine Island fifth at Eau Claire Holiday Duals
Pine Island lost its second dual at the Eau Claire Holiday Duals on Friday, but the Panthers bounced back with three-straight wins to place fifth at the tournament.
Pine Island opened with a 45-32 victory over Superior, Wis. then bore the brunt of a Wisconsin Rapids 48-6 domination.
The Panthers righted the ship immediately, beating Ladysmith, Wis., 53-30, GET/Melrose-Mindoro (Wis.), 39-33, and Park, 39-33.