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A 4-0 victory over Mankato East on Thursday has set up a chance for Red Wing to claim the Big Nine Conference title outright with a win at Winona on Saturday. The Wingers got a second-period hat trick from Taylor Heise against the Cougars, with Elle Bryant also scoring in the middle frame. Heise, Solveig Roth and Nicole Oberding had assists in the period as well. Tyler McGrath made 13 saves in the win.
Kenyon-Wanamingo picked up six wins by fall in a 50-15 victory over Byron in Hiawatha Valley League action on Thursday. Jeron Matson, Bradley Kish and Seth Brossard picked up falls early on, and those were followed later by Tyler Ryan, Dylan Craig and Hunter Burow. On Saturday, K-W will participate in the Cannon Falls Invitational.
Pine Island won four contested matches, and Cannon Falls three, but six forfeits and a double forfeit inflated the score in a 54-21 victory for the Panthers on Thursday. Cooper Peterson, Peter Fitterer and Hayden Strain got wins for Cannon Falls, while Dawson Fallon, Evan Goplen, Matt Riley and Brayden Burkhalter won for Pine Island.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa had little trouble with Triton on Thursday, picking up a win in the Hiwatha Valley League dual by a 61-6 margin. Maverick Jackson, Sam Nordquist, Caden Steffen and Jarret Haglund all won by fall for the Cougars, who also had five wins by forfeit. On Thursday, Z-M hosts Cannon Falls and Kasson-Mantorville to close out the regular season.
Facing the top-ranked team in Class 2A, Goodhue managed to win two matches in a 56-9 loss to Kasson-Mantorville. Baxter O'Reilly picked up a decision at 126 pounds, while fellow Wildcat Kaleb O'Reilly won by a late fall to pick up the only bonus points of the night for Goodhue. On Saturday, the Wildcats will head to the Armstrong Invitational in Robbinsdale, with the regular-season finale coming at home Thursday against Pine Island.
Some early bonus points and a four-match winning streak late gave Lake City a 39-30 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Stewartville on Thursday. Luke Skifton got Lake City on the board at 113 pounds with a win by fall. Tanner Frank followed at 120 with a major decision, and Josh Allen picked up three points at 126. Denilzo Baltazar earned a major at 138, with Matthew Wooding coming through with a six-point pin at 145 for a 23-18 team lead. Then Carl Kozlowski, Brendon Allen, Edwin Vazquez and Ivan Vargas combined for 16 points to put the dual out of reach.
The final two regular-season meets for Red Wing were night and day, but Tuesday's visit to Rochester ended with three wins for the Wingers. On Thursday, Red Wing took on Northfield, falling to the Raiders ahead of the Big Nine Conference meet on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Wingers' 135.125 beat out all three of the Rochester schools, with Century coming in second with a 134.625, followed by Mayo's 128.55 and John Marshall's 121.65
Kenyon-Wanamingo managed to stay within striking distance with one of Section 1AA's top teams. But, the Knights' first win still proves elusive as the Eagles won Tuesday's Hiawatha Valley League contest 57-47. K-W's Gavin Roosen led all scorers with 21 points, with teammate Jack Beulke neared a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds. Calvin Steberg added five rebounds and five assists in the loss. Daniel Galkowski paced Lourdes with 15 points, followed closely by Noah Hillman and Dominic Sieve with 14 points apiece.
Four players – led by Jacob Niebuhr – finished in double digits for Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Tuesday in a 55-46 Hiawatha Valley League victory against Stewartville in Stewartville. With the victory, the Cougars snapped their losing streak at four games. Niebuhr finished with a team-high 14 points along with eight rebounds. Isaiah Nolte came up with 11 points while Robvon Jackson and Isaiah Stueber each had 10 for Z-M. Jackson also grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals in the victory.
With stud post player Kristin Scott out after twisting her ankle midway through the first half, Goodhue figured it had an opening to knock off Class 3A's fourth-ranked team. But Class 1A's second-ranked squad had trouble scoring in the paint and the comeback try fell short as the KoMets came away with a 52-49 Hiawatha Valley League win Tuesday.