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Climbing back from a 28-22 halftime deficit, Zumbrota-Mazeppa won its third game of the year by the slimmest of margins, knocking off Dover-Eyota 57-56 Thursday in Dover. Leading the Cougars to the victory was Ellis Hirman, who shot 7 of 12 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free-throw line for 26 points. He also had 11 rebounds and four steals.
Sam Hanson scored twice, including the game-winner 13 minutes, 32 seconds into the third period as Red Wing held on to beat Shakopee Thursday night, 2-1. Hanson’s first goal, an unassisted tally, tied the game at 10:02 of the second period. Nick Nelson scored a first-period goal for the Sabers at 9:12. Dylan Goggin got the lone assist on Hanson’s second goal. Red Wing goaltender Adam Defore made 32 saves to earn the victory. The Wingers had 27 shots on goal. Red Wing (3-11-0 overall, 2-2-0 Missota) hosts Chanhassen (5-9-1, 0-4-0) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Island Arena.
Lake City started off slow against Goodhue, trailing 18-6 five minutes into the game. But the Tigers got their second wind and cruised the rest of the way, knocking off the Wildcats 66-40 in Hiawatha Valley League play Thursday in Goodhue. Reid Lundell had 14 of his 17 points in the first half, and had four rebounds, three assists and two steals for Lake City. Brady Kuchinka chipped in with 18 points, five boards, three assists and two steals, and Jesse Oliver tallied 11 points in the victory. Riley Augustine and Austin Buck led Goodhue with nine points apiece.
Goodhue opened its Thursday triangular with six straight victories over Wabasha-Kellogg, including two pins, two forfeits and a technical fall on the way to a 44-28 win over the Falcons. The Wildcats then followed with a 51-24 thrashing of Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland to take a 2-0 trip home from Wabasha. Against W-K, Mariano Bigalk started things off with a pin just 31 seconds into his match. Kaleb O’Reilly followed with an 8-2 decision before Joel Gadient won by forfeit.
Competing in one of the toughest individual tournaments in the state of Wisconsin, Ellsworth came away from the Cheesehead with 277 points and a 14th place finish out of 26 teams. Montini Catholic (Ill.) won the event with 554.5 points while host Kaukauna, Wis. Placed second with 521 points. Lockport, Ill.
The Farmington Koda Classic dual tournament featured some good teams. Lake City experienced firsthand the depth of the field Saturday as the Tigers finished the day 1-3, good for seventh place. Lake City opened Pool B with a 53-13 loss to Milaca, then followed with a 63-3 defeat at the hands of Chatfield. Bloomington Kennedy closed the book on the Tigers with a 42-26 win. Facing Northfield in the seventh-place match, Brendon Allen (113 pounds), Carl Kozlowski (120) and Matt Woodind (126) put Lake City up 15-3 through four matches, with pins from Kozlowski and Wooding.
Shakopee came to the area Saturday and left town with the first-place trophy from the Cannon Falls Tournament. The Sabres totaled 209 points, ahead of the host Bombers (181.5) and third-place Woodbury (165.5). No other squad had more than 118 points in the 12-team individual tournament. Paul Fitterer (113 pounds), Derek Johnson (182), Nathan Melhouse (195) and Clay Broze (220) all came away as champions in their respective brackets. Ryan Epps (120), Keston Lopez (132) and Connor Rohr (138) each made the finals, but lost in the championship match.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Zumbrota-Mazeppa nearly swept Rogers then closed out Sartell-St. Stephen to win the Buffalo Bison Duals Saturday in Buffalo. The Cougars cruised to a 60-6 victory over the Royals, which included six wins by fall. Maverick Johnson (120 pounds), Joey Majerus (126), Jacob Bennett (132), Noah Prodzinski (170), Hunter Prodzinski (182) and Shane Bode (285) all pinned their opponents.
Cannon Falls led Maple River 20-12 at halftime, but the Eagles stormed back in the second half to take a 42-40 victory away from the visiting Bombers on Saturday. Helping Maple River climb back was Josie Ostermann, who scored 15 points in the second half. “She basically got hot and started to shoot them out of that hole,” said Cannon Falls head coach Eric Mace. Courtney Woodcock had a double-double night for the Bombers with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Right away, the offensive production was there for Red Wing on Saturday night, but the defense left a little to be desired. Then in the second half, the Wingers swarmed Kasson-Mantorville, and Red Wing’s 39-33 halftime lead turned into a 75-49 victory in a Section 1AAA matchup in Kasson. “It’s huge,” Wingers’ head coach Doug Toivonen said about the win. “We even talked (Friday) night that the goal isn’t to win the conference. We need to take care of the section and get to tournament time and play our best basketball.