Albert Lea wrestling places 4 at Christmas tournament

Published 2:46 pm Sunday, December 17, 2017

In what is regarded as one of the toughest individual tournaments in the Midwest, the Albert Lea wrestling team placed four wrestlers and as a team took 11th place out of 39 teams.

Seniors Jake Johnsrud and Brody Nielsen each took sixth place at 132 and 152 pounds,  respectively. Junior Nic Cantu finished in third place at 113. Junior Zach Glazier took home the top prize with a first-place finish at 170.

At 170, the No. 1-ranked Glazier made his way into the final matchup by dominating everyone who stood in his path. He recorded four major decisions on his way to the finals, including major decisions over the No. 3- and No. 4-ranked wrestlers in the state. In the championship match, Glazier would square off against the No. 2-ranked Kenny O’Neil in a rematch from earlier this season. Glazier would win, 2-1, in an ultimate tiebreaker.

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At 113, the No. 7-ranked Cantu finished the tournament with a 5-1 record, taking home third place. His tournament run included a major decision victory over the No. 5-ranked Zach Miller of Simley. Cantu’s only loss would be to the eventual 113-pound champion.

At 132, the No. 6-ranked Johnsrud finished the tournament in sixth place with a 3-3 record. His tournament resume included a major decision win over No. 4 Owen Matzek.

At 152, No. 3-ranked Nielsen ended his tournament with a sixth-place finish. He compiled a 5-3 record, four of which were pinfalls.

With only 11 wrestlers, Albert Lea still managed to take 11th place as a team with 126 points. First place was taken by Anoka with 175.5 points. Simley followed close behind with 175 points.

The No. 4-ranked Tigers remain undefeated in dual action and will be looking to defend that Friday when they travel to Austin for a triangular with the Packers and the Westfield Razorbacks.


Full results



Cole Glazier scored 7.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Glazier fall Michael Loger (Totino-Grace), 1:08

Champ. Round 2 – Cole Decker (Forest Lake) dec. Glazier, SV-1 5-3

Cons. Round 2 – Glazier fall over Drew Bergstedt (Eastview), 2:37

Cons. Round 3 – Cory St. Martin (Prior Lake) dec. Glazier, 3-0



Nic Cantu placed 3rd and scored 21.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Cantu tech. fall Mason Edstrom (Zumbrota-Mazeppa), 4:30 (21-5)

Champ. Round 2 – Cantu tech. fall Parker Dobrocky (Anoka), 5:12 (16-0)

Quarterfinal – Cantu dec. Ben Lunn (Shakopee), 7-0

Semifinal – Jared Johnson (Kasson-Mantorville) dec. Cantu,  8-1

Cons. Semi – Cantu maj. dec. Zach Miller (Simley), 9-0

3rd Place Match – Cantu dec. Ben Lunn (Shakopee), 2-1



Caleb Talamantes scored 4.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Talamantes, bye

Champ. Round 2 – Marshall Peters (Rochester Mayo) dec. Talamantes, 8-6

Cons. Round 2 – Talamantes, bye

Cons. Round 3 – Talamantes dec. Max McEnelly (Waconia), SV-1 8-4

Cons. Round 4 – Jacob Hill (Scott West) maj. dec. Talamantes, 13-3



Dante Lopez scored 0.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Jared Toenjes (Ellsworth) fall Lopez, 4:31

Cons. Round 1 – Kaden Gage (Eagan) fall Lopez, 1:22



Jake Johnsrud placed 6th and scored 15.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Johnsrud, bye

Champ. Round 2 – Johnsrud maj. dec. Chase Vought (Farmington), 17-4

Champ. Round 3 – Johnsrud maj. dec. Owen Matzek (Ellsworth), 9-1

Quarterfinal – Johnsrud dec. Justin Stauffacher (Scott West), SV-1 3-1

Semifinal – Clay Carlson (Willmar) tech. fall Johnsrud, 4:41 (26-8)

Cons. Semi – Sebas Swiggum (Apple Valley) dec. Johnsrud, 6-0

5th Place Match – Theo Smith (Prior Lake) dec. Johnsrud,  4-3



Gavin Ignaszewski scored 10.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Ignaszewski, bye

Champ. Round 2 – Ignaszewski fall Nathan Langer (Eastview), 4:42

Champ. Round 3 – Ignaszewski dec. Mac Wilson (Hastings), 6-4

Quarterfinal – Colby Njos (Anoka) maj. dec. Ignaszewski, 13-5

Cons. Round 6 – Tanner Schultz (Holmen) dec. Ignaszewski, 5-2



Ty Harms scored 6.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Harms, bye

Champ. Round 2 – Antonio Everett (Simley) fall Harms, 5:48

Cons. Round 2 – Harms, bye

Cons. Round 3 – Harms fall Jordan Anderson (Leo), 1:36

Cons. Round 4 – Hayden LeMonds (St. Michael-Albertville) dec. Harms, 13-7



Brody Nielsen placed 6th and scored 19.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Nielsen fall Cameron Roberts (Owatonna), 0:58

Champ. Round 2 – Nielsen fall Andrew Hoglund (St. Francis), 0:58

Champ. Round 3 – Nielsen fall Sawyer Hamilton (Ellsworth), 1:54

Quarterfinal – Nate Larson (Apple Valley) dec. Nielsen, 6-3

Cons. Round 6 – Nielsen fall Conner Dehn (Totino-Grace), 1:57

Cons. Round 7 – Nielsen dec. Mathias Waskey (Forest Lake), 10-6

Cons. Semi – Tyler Wagener (Waconia) dec. Nielsen, 8-2

5th Place Match – Jacob Tvinnereim (Jackson County Central) 6-2 dec. Nielsen, 4-1



Levi Kermes scored 4.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Devin Roberts (Apple Valley) maj. Dec. Kermes, 12-2

Cons. Round 1 – Kermes fall Alex Rahman (Plainview-Elgin-Millville), 2:06

Cons. Round 2 – Kermes dec. Clay Carney (St. Croix Falls), 4-2

Cons. Round 3 – Connor Raines (Shakopee) maj. dec. Kermes, 10-0



Zach Glazier placed 1st and scored 32.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Glazier, bye
Champ. Round 2 – Glazier maj. dec. Josh Piechowski (Stillwater), 19-6
Champ. Round 3 – Glazier maj. dec. Tony Watts (Apple Valley), 9-1
Quarterfinal – Glazier maj. dec. Kalyn Jahn (Holmen), 14-5
Semifinal – Glazier maj. dec. Lincoln Shinn, 10-2
1st Place Match – Glazier dec. Kenny O`Neil (Prior Lake), TB-1 2-1



Brady Nielsen scored 9.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Nielsen, bye

Champ. Round 2 – Nielsen dec. Shawn Curtis (Stewartville), 6-0

Champ. Round 3 – Morgen Moreno (Westfield) fall Nielsen, 0:58

Cons. Round 4 – Nielsen fall over Sam McEnelly (Waconia), 2:42

Cons. Round 5 – Blake Holzem (Simley) fall Nielsen, 3:43

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