Tigers slam East

Published 1:20 am Friday, January 6, 2012

Trevor Westerlund wrestled Mankato East's Colton Clapper on Tuesday at Albert Lea High School. Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune

The Albert Lea wrestling team took another step toward consecutive Big Nine Conference titles on Thursday with a 63-9 drubbing of Mankato East at Albert Lea High School.

The third-ranked Tigers won by pins in eight matches and won 12 of 14 overall. The team has five regular season conference duals remaining.

Garrett Wangsness wrestled Mankato East's Ricardo Fletcher at 120 pounds on Thursday. Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune

“We wrestled tough again tonight,” Tigers coach Larry Goodnature said. “Every match we wrestle against Big Nine teams we have to go out there like it’s for the Big Nine championship.”

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Beau Johnsonrud and top-ranked Trevor Westerlund got the Tigers off to a 12-0 start with back-to-back pins at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.

No. 4 Garrett Wangsness then notched a 13-9 decision over the Cougars’ Ricardo Fletcher.

“That was one of the better matches of the night,” said Goodnature of the 120-pound matchup. “Garrett wrestled great against a tough kid.”

At 126 pounds, Dakota Wangsness won a 10-6 decision over Leon Fletcher, and Tylor Nelson and Lucas Hansen earned consecutive pins before Spencer Carstens scored a decision to give Albert Lea a 33-0 lead.

The Cougars recorded its first win at 152 pounds when Cody Lorentz won an 11-6 decision over the Tigers’ Bany Chan, but Jacob Tyler (160), Dustin Samudio (182) and Tayler Blake (195) all recorded first-period pins and Triston Westerlund (170) won by forfeit to extend Albert Lea’s lead to 57-3.

Lucas Hansen wrestled at 138 pounds on Thursday against Mankato East's Cole Mosher. Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune

East’s Lincoln Benzkofer pinned Jace Talamantes at 220 pounds, and the Tigers’ Bryce Beboer pinned Ben Winans to make it a 63-9 final.

“The whole bunch wrestled well,” Goodnature said. “It was a good win for us.”

The Tigers wrestle again on Saturday in a tournament in Maple River.

Albert Lea 63, Mankato East 9

106 — Beau Johnsrud (AL) fall Austin Westerlund, 2:54

113 — Trevor Westerlund (AL) fall Colton Clapper, 1:06

120 — Garrett Wangsness (AL) dec. Ricardo Fletcher, 13-9

126 — Dakota Wangsness (AL) dec. Leon Fletcher, 10-6

132 — Tylor Nelson (AL) fall Anthony Wilson, 3:08

138 — Lucas Hansen (AL) fall Cole Mosher, 3:21

145 — Spencer Carstens (AL) dec. Keanu Rodriguez, 4-2

152 — Cody Lorentz (ME) dec. Bany Chan, 4-2

160 — Jacob Tyler (AL) fall Tucker Claeys, 1:48

170 — Triston Westerlund (AL) forfeit

182 — Dustin Samudio (AL) fall Dan Perez, 1:24

220 — Tayler Blake (AL) fall Lee Marxen, :30

285 — Bryce Deboer (ME) fall Ben Winans, 0:00