Tigers knock off pair of No. 8s

Published 3:40 pm Saturday, February 5, 2011

Albert Lea 130-pounder Tristan Westerlund wrestles against Adrian Area Saturday at Albert Lea High SchoolThe Albert Lea Tigers' wrestling team (No. 4 Class AAA) faced the Adrian Area Dragons No. 6 Class AA) Saturday at Albert the High School. -- Andrew Dyrdal

The Albert Lea Tigers wrestling team hasn’t shyed away from a tough schedule this season and has been able to knock off ranked teams all season.

That trend continued this weekend as the Tigers beat Coon Rapids (No. 8 Class AAA) Friday night at Augsburg College in Minneapolis before beating Adrian Area (No. 8 Class AA) Saturday at Albert Lea High School.

“Our team rises to the occasion against these ranked teams,” Tigers head coach Larry Goodnature said. “They like the challenge and they’re wrestling great.”

The Tigers got two falls and two technical falls against Coon Rapids, including from 215-pounder Caleb Gaudian, who pinned No. 5-ranked Mike Burckhart.

“That was the match of the night,” Goodnature said. “That’s a big win that will give Caleb confidence.”

In a competitive Adrian dual, five matches came down to one points — the Tigers won five and lost two.

At 119 pounds, the Tigers’ Garrett Wangsness defeated Drew Strand 3-1 with a takedown in the final two seconds. The two wrestlers were scoreless after the first period and each had an escape until the closing seconds.

The Tigers’ 112-pounder Lucas Hansen beat No. 6-ranked Jayden Bullerman 1-0, and 189-pounder Conner Kortan beat No. 7-ranked Dustin Polzin 3-2.

“Adrian was a really good team and we just outwrestled them,” Goodnature said. “The last two nights have been total team effort by everyone whether they win or lose. I love the way we compete.”

No. 4 Albert Lea 41, No. 8 Coon Rapids 16

103 — No. 3 Dakota Wangsness (AL) dec. No. 8 Corey Baillancourt 11-5

112 — Lucas Hansen (AL) dec. Zach Lindberg 6-4

119 — Garrett Wangsness (AL) dec. Joe Anderson 13-9

125 — Devin Nelson 9-0 Nate Julkowski

130 — No. 5 Darren Gagne (CR) tech. fall Tristan Westerlund

135 — No. 4 Kahron Nix (CR) dec. Bany Chan 8-3

140 — Caleb Kolodge (AL) dec. John Chmilowsky 5-3

145 — No. 5 Trey Hable (AL) tech. fall Austin Lubinski

152 — No. 2 Dalton Westerlund (AL) dec. James Nagaard 4-0

160 — No. 3 Cory Hansen (AL) tech. fall Riley Lawson

171 — Brandt Halseth (CR) tech. fall Dalton Samudio

189 — No. 6 Conner Kortan (AL) fall Joe Murphy

215 — Caleb Gaudian (AL) fall No. 5 Mike Burckhart

285 — No. 4 Tanner Low (CR) dec. No. 10 Alex Nielsen 3-2

No. 4 Albert Lea 37, No. 8 Adrian Area 15

103 — No. 3 Dakota Wangsness (AL) fall Michael Pruess

112 — Lucas Hansen (AL) dec. No. 6 Jayden Bullerman 1-0

119 — Garrett Wangsness (AL) dec. Drew Strand 3-1

125 — Nate Loosbrock (A) dec. Devin Nelson 3-2

130 —  Ben Mulden (A) dec. Tristan Westerlund 4-3

135 — No. 4 Nate Lynn (A) fall Bany Chan

140 — Caleb Kolodge (AL) dec.  7-1 over Tony Reker

145 — No. 2 Dalton Westerlund (AL) dec. Brock Bullerman 3-2

152 — No. 5 Trey Hable (AL) dec. Mitchell Siebe 8-3

160 — No. 3 Cory Hansen (AL) maj. dec. Zach Albertson

171 — Adam Grams (A) dec. Dustin Samudio 9-3

189 — No. 6 Conner Kortan (AL) dec. No. 7 Dustin Polzin  3-2

215 — Caleb Gaudian (AL) dec. Jake Tiede 1-0

285 — No. 10 Alex Nielsen (AL) forfeit