CAMP RIPLEY – The St. Cloud Tech boys Nordic ski team is returning to the state meet for the first time in 18 years.
The Tigers finished with a team score of 385 to earn the team title at the Section 8 meet Tuesday afternoon at Camp Ripley. Sophomore Cory Rouw finished first overall with a score of 100 points over three events — the pursuit, classic and skate. Senior Chris Rouw finished fifth overall with a score of 97 points.
The state Nordic ski meet is scheduled for Feb. 14 at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik.
Members of the Tech team advancing are the Rouws, senior Nick Proell, sophomore Isaac Wieber, senior Grant Myres, junior Jason Combs and senior Curtis Williams. Other individuals advancing were Bemidji senior Kyle Sagedahl, Brainerd senior Zean Baker, Mora senior Maxwell Anderson, Bemidji senior Tony Sagedahl, Mora freshman Thomas Woolhouse, Little Falls junior Matt Massmann, Brainerd sophomore Noah Baker and Brainerd senior Gerrit Garberich.
In the girls competition, Little Falls finished with a team score of 387 to earn the team title and again advance to state. The Flyers finished seventh at the state meet last season.
Advancing as part of the Little Falls team were junior Maria Hauer, senior Mattia Hendrickson, senior Chelsea Rutz, junior Kaitlin Geisenhof, eighth-grader Kendal Hendrickson, freshman Claire Gammon-Deering, senior Josie Lange.
Brainerd senior Allison Kosobud, Mora junior Callie Smith, Bemidji sophomore Jenna Truedson, St. Cloud Cathedral sophomore Rachel Eickhoff, Mora junior Bethany Coop, St. Cloud Cathedral senior Elena Danielson, Bemidji freshman Morgan Sagedahl, Brainerd senior Sarah Fairbanks.
Team scores — 1. St. Cloud Tech 385; 2. Brainerd 361; 3. Mora 357; 4. Bemidji 337; 5. Little Falls 337; 6. Detroit Lakes 308; 7. Alexandria 290; 8. St. Cloud Apollo 201; 9. Otter Tail Nordic 174; 10. St. Cloud Cathedral 170; 11. St. John’s Prep 90; 12. TrekNorth 71
Team scores — 1. Little Falls 387; 2. Brainerd 359; 3. Mora 357; 4. St. Cloud Cathedral 350; 5. Bemidji 338; 6. Alexandria 257; 7. TrekNorth 255; 8. Detroit Lakes 234; 9. St. Cloud Tech 218; 10. St. Cloud Apollo 216; 11. Otter Tail Nordic 192.
ZIMMERMAN – Brothers Lee, Neil and Luke Schmalz each finished 2-0 as Becker won a pair of matches at the Zimmerman triangular.
The Bulldogs beat Zimmerman 63-12 and Rogers 72-3. Lee (106), Neil (113) and Luke Schmalz (120) each finished undefeated.
Other Becker wrestlers going 2-0 were Jon Schwartz (132), Zack Zimmer (152), Eric Dudek (160), Bobby Lee (182), Dustin Peterson (195), Mason Olson (220) and Kreston Gammon (heavyweight).
BRAINERD – Sartell fell to Bemidji, but beat Brainerd to clinch the Central Lakes Conference crown.
The Sabres (7-0 CLC, 10-4) defeated Brainerd 42-25 and fell to Bemidji 45-15. Freshman Jacob Fernholz (120 pounds), sophomore Nick Jensen (195) and senior Brady Goebel (220) all went undefeated. Both of Goebel’s wins were pins.
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ALEXANDRIA – Trent Piepenburg had a pin for the Cardinals in the 120 pound match as Annandale took down Apollo in Central Lakes Conference showdown Tuesday night. Mitch Bengtson (145) and Grant Nehring (152) had pins for the Eagles (3-4 CLC, 5-10 overall).
HOLDINGFORD – The Huskers finished with four pins in a nonconference win against Paynesville.
Sixth-ranked Trevor Scott earned a pin in 3:10 at 145 pounds. Paynesville’s Anthony Wentland pulled off a 4-2 upset of ninth-ranked Kyle Kolstad at 160 pounds.
Pierz downed Patrick Henry 59-14 and Aitkin 50-14 to go undefeated at its own triangular. Brandon Ortman (106 pounds) and Brandon Sullivan (120) both went undefeated with two pins to propel the Pioneers (23-3).
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WILLMAR – St. Cloud Apollo sophomore Betty Grell won the all-around competition and two other events, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles fell to Willmar. Grell earned a 35.475 in the all-around competition and notched a score of 8.3 on the bars and 9.25 on the balance beam for Apollo (1-7).
ALEXANDRIA – Jailyn Brinkman was the star for the Dutchmen, taking first place in the beam with a 9.6 and the all-around with a 38.15.
Lydia Butkowski won the vault with a 9.55 and placed second in the all-around with a 37.8.
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COLD SPRING – Senior Felipe Barreto won the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle as Melrose/Sauk Centre sank Rocori.
Barreto finished the 200 IM in a time of 2:13.59 and the 100 freestyle in 51.82 for the Dutchmen (9-2). Rocori senior Codey Barby won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:59.16 for the Spartans .
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Kyle Kuchenmeister scored two goals for the Slapshots, but they couldn’t match Robbinsdale’s fire power. St. Cloud falls to 1-3 on the season.