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Wrestling: Z-M takes down Owatonna, wins home invite

Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Caden Steffen, left, faced Owatonna's Cade King on Saturday. King won the match between two top-ranked wrestlers. Kyle Stevens / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Tyler Soltau walked off the mat fired up after winning his 160-pound match against Owatonna on Saturday. Soltau got a late takedown, and back points, to pull off the win. Kyle Stevens / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Zumbrota-Mazeppa had a showdown with Owatonna on Saturday, but first the Cougars had to deal with Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson and Caledonia. Z-M did not lose focus, beating LARP, 64-6, and the Warriors, 57-6, ahead of its dual against the Huskies.

The Cougars, the top-ranked team in Class A, ended up taking out Owatonna, the No. 10 team in Class AAA, 34-25.

The feature bout pitted two No. 1-ranked wrestlers, Caden Steffen of Z-M, and Cade King of Owatonna. King won the 195-pound battle, 5-2.

But one big swing came at 160 when Tyler Soltau got a takedown and back points just before time expired to turn a decision his way, taking three points from the Huskies and putting it on the Cougars' total.

Goodhue second at Royal Rumble

Goodhue dominated its first two opponents, but St. Cloud Tech had just enough to hold off the Wildcats in the finals of the Rogers Royal Rumble on Saturday.

In the quarterfinals, Goodhue manhandled Wabasha-Kellogg, 65-9, then rolled through Rogers, 46-28, in the semifinals.

Against the Tigers, the Wildcats were able to pull even, 22-22, going into the 195-pound match. There, Kodee O'Reilly picked up a 6-4 decision to put Goodhue in the lead, but Tech answered with a pin at 220, and a 13-6 decision at heavyweight to pick up the win.

The Wildcats had Monday's dual at Kenyon-Wanamingo postponed, meaning Goodhue will be back on the mat Thursday for a triangular in Pine Island.

Six titles give K-W a boost at LCWM invite

Seven teams met up on Saturday for the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Invitational, and Kenyon-Wanamingo proved to be the best of the bunch, piling up 169 points to claim the team title. LCWM came in second with 127, and Medford edged Pine Island for third, 111.5-110.5.

The Knights' Jeron Matson took home gold at 113 pounds, and Seth Brossard and Nathan Bauer doubled up at 145 and 152 as well. Owen Hilke, at 195, and Kaya Lindell, at 195, and Jesse Jackson, at 285, wrapped up the tournament with championships as well, giving K-W six titles.

Pine Island got a first-place finish from Dan Krier at 126, and from Dawson Fallon at 132.

Bombers fourth at Westfield tourney

The Dave Erickson Hall of Fame Tournament took place Saturday in Hayfield, and Cannon Falls finished fourth with 130 points, just one behind Rochester Mayo. Host Westfield won the team title with 151.5 points, with Byron taking second in the 12-team field with 136.

A trio of Bombers made it to the finals, but all came up short of a championship. Erwin Strelow took second at 106, Peter Fitterer was runner-up at 138 and Hayden Strain was second at 160.

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