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Less than six-and-a-half minutes into the game, Chanhassen had a two-goal lead, an advantage that would easily hold up as the Storm sent Red Wing out of town with a 5-1 Missota Conference victory Monday night. Ben Bjerken and Luke Rongitsch scored first-period goals for Chanhassen before Tyler Rea could get the Wingers on the board 5 minutes, 50 seconds into the second with an unassisted short-handed tally. The Storm would answer with two goals in the final frame – one each from Eric Worre and Riley Meyer – to give Chanhassen its fifth league victory. Adam Defore made 27 saves in the
Cannon Falls used a balanced scoring attack, as well as some crunch-time defense to clinch the Hiawatha Valley League Blue Division with a 62-47 win over Goodhue on Monday night. Alex Bultena put up 14 points while teammate Hunter Johnson added 13 points and five assists for the Tigers. Brock Peterson also hit double-digits with 12 points with Jordan Lundell coming close with eight points and six rebounds.
With seven pinfalls and a technical fall, top-ranked (Division 2) Ellsworth had little trouble dispatching of Middle Border Conference foe Durand for a 74-3 win Monday in Durand, Wis. At 113 pounds, the Panthers’ Gabe Mancino got the team’s first pin in 49 seconds. By the end of the night, Hunter Piepenburg (120 pounds), Devin Drier (132), Jacob Fuchs (145), Rhett Borth (160), Kenny Stowe (220) and Brody Kemmerer (heavyweight) each won by pinfall.
Eli Custer’s career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds helped Lake City on Monday to a 71-51 Hiawatha Valley League win over Zumbrota-Mazeppa in Zumbrota. Brady Kuchinka had another solid night with 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Reid Lundell and Cory Dick each finished with 12 points in the Tigers’ victory. For the Cougars, Ellis Hirman had a team-high 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.
Springing out to a 45-16 halftime lead, fourth-ranked (1A) Goodhue had little trouble disposing of Cannon Falls with a 73-40 Hiawatha Valley League victory Monday in Cannon Falls. Mikayla Miller led the Wildcats with a game-high 19 points. Michelle Hadler had 10 points, and Meredith Watson added 10 points and six rebounds.
With the Section 1A team tournament just around the corner, Goodhue’s appearance at the Robbinsdale Armstrong Invitational should boost some confidence. The Wildcats trounced Mahtomdei 60-20 and then shut down Faribault 42-27. Both schools feature ranked wrestlers in Class 2A while Goodhue competes a class lower. In the Wildcats’ final dual, Eastview, ranked No.
Kenyon-Wanamingo and Cannon Falls both finished Saturday undefeated. But unlike most dual tournaments, the two teams did not meet on the mat, instead going to the scorebooks to determine a winner at the Cannon Falls Duals Tournament. With both teams at 3-0 on the day, the tournament title came down to total points scored against common opponents.
Before running into the team champion, Lake City had an easy go of it at the Wabasha-Kellogg Tournament Saturday. Dual victories over the host Falscons (49-24) and Rochester Century (51-21) set up the Tigers with a showdown against New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva. The Panthers turned the tables on Lake City, taking down the Tigers 43-21. No individual information was available at press time. Lake City will compete in a home triangular Wednesday with Byron and Kenyon-Wanamingo before completing the regular season Thursday with a road dual against Stewartville.
Tyler Schumacher and Riley Bollum combined to score 25 points as Goodhue rolled to a 57-37 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Triton Frinday evening. Schumacher scored 14 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds as Bollum added 11 points and two assists.
Ellis Hirman’s 20 points led Zumbrota-Mazeppa to a 60-50 Hiawatha Valley League win Friday over Kenyon-Wanamingo. The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Cougars that began two weeks ago. Hirman’s point total included an 8 of 13 mark from the free-throw line, while his 11 rebounds held up as a team high.