Grapplers take second at Pine Island
The Ranger wrestling team came away with two individual titles and three runner-ups to take second overall behind Kasson-Mantorville at the Pine Island Invitational on Saturday.
Sophomore Luke McCord showed no mercy in the 113-pound weight class. McCord captured first with three wins and improved his overall record to 21-9.
Senior Austin Boniface was the other Ranger champion with three wins in the 160-pound weight class. The co-captain won by decision in the final over Burnsville’s No. 10 wrestler (170 pounds) and improved his record to 25-4.
Sophomore James Pleski took second at 126 pounds, falling to No. 1 (Class AA) Nate Thomas of Kasson-Mantorville (32-3 overall). Pleski now stands at 26-5.
Senior Andrew Meyers also took runner-up after falling by decision to another KoMet No. 1 wrestler, Brady Berge, at 132 pounds.
Senior Aaron Calhoun improved his record to 17-12 in the 220-pound weight class with a second-place finish, falling by decision in the final.
Sophomore Joe Rydel went 1-2 to take fourth at 170 pounds while junior Kyle Winberg also took fourth at 182 pounds with a record of 2-2 on the day.
Placing fifth for Forest Lake were eighth-grader Grant Brown (120 pounds), sophomore Kelby Wagner (138 pounds), junior Thomas Lillquist (145 pounds), junior Will Rivard (160 pounds) and senior Beau Phinney (heavyweight). The Rangers also recorded a sixth-place finish with senior Jeremy McLaughlin at 195 pounds.
At the team’s Alumni and Senior Night last Thursday, Forest Lake fell to Hastings 42-23.
Eighth-grader Teddy Pierce got the ball rolling with an exciting back-and-forth battle at 106 pounds to grab the win and three points.
McCord dominated at 113 pounds, winning by major decision to give the home team an 8-0 lead. Pleski contributed three more team points at 126 pounds to keep the lead at 11-6.
The Rangers struggled to maintain the lead, and only Boniface and Calhoun were able to contribute points the remainder of the match with pins at 160 pounds and 220 pounds, respectively.
Forest Lake is now 3-4 in the Suburban East Conference (9-14 overall). The Rangers travel to Cretin-Derham Hall tonight, Feb. 7 for a triangular with the Raiders and Park at 5 p.m.