Tigers crush Packers

Published 9:17 am Friday, December 9, 2011

Albert Lea’s 103-pounder, Beau Johnsrud, wrestles on Thursday against Austin’s Connor Eads during the Tigers’ second match of a triangular at Albert Lea High School. The Tigers beat Austin 54-12 after beating Winona 67-0. -- Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune

The Albert Lea wrestling team cruised past Winona and Austin on Thursday in its first home duals of the season.

The Tigers shut out Winona 67-0 before beating Austin 54-12.

“Again, we wrestled very well tonight with that Albert Lea wrestling attitude,” said Goodnature, whose team is coming off three straight wins at the Hastings Duals. “We were physical, intense, aggressive and always going for the bonus points.”

The dual against Austin took a scary turn during the 113-pound when the Packers’ Joe Maxfield landed awkwardly on his neck and shoulder after being taken down by Trevor Westerlund. Maxfield laid on the mat awhile before being lifted onto a stretcher and taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

“He was complaining of neck pain so we had to take precautions and send him by ambulance just to make sure everything checked out OK,” said Albert Lea athletic trainer Afton Wacholz. “He was talking to us and everything, but just because of neck pain, that is protocol for us to make sure we send him by ambulance.”

The Tigers wrestle again at 5 p.m. tonight in a quadrangular at Farmington. The team will wrestle against No. 10-ranked Anoka, a team the Tigers haven’t beaten in three meetings.

“The kids are having fun now and we get to wrestle another ranked team (tonight),” Goodnature said. “I’m looking forward to a very competitive match with Anoka.”

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