7 Tigers wrestle at Rumble on the Red

Published 3:59 pm Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Glazier takes championship at 182 pounds


Seven Albert Lea wrestlers traveled to Fargo, North Dakota, over the weekend to compete in the annual Rumble on the Red tournament. Two of the seven Tigers placed in their respective brackets, including senior Zach Glazier claiming the championship at 182 pounds.

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Glazier dominated his way to the finals, with all matchups being decided by no less than a major decision. He pinned his first-round opponent in just 35 seconds, and followed that with a 17-2 technical fall in the second round. Another fall in the first period came in the quarterfinals, and a 14-3 major decision in the semifinals earned Glazier a spot in the title match.

In the championship, Glazier met Owatonna’s Cade King, the No. 2-ranked wrestler at 182 pounds. The two battled into double overtime, where Glazier took the match by a 4-1 decision. He was also named Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament in route to his title.

The second of the Tigers to place at the tournament was senior Nic Cantu, taking seventh place at 136 pounds. Cantu won his two opening-round matches, both by pinfall in the second period, before falling in the quarterfinals via a 6-3 decision. A narrow 4-3 decision win in the consolations moved him along, where he lost in a two-point decision. In the seventh-place match, Cantu earned another second-round pinfall win, finishing the tournament with a 4-2 record.

Senior Brady Nielsen went 3-2 at the tournament with two pinfall victories. Sophomore Griffin Studier finished with a 3-2 record with one pinfall, and sophomore Caleb Talamantes went 2-2 with one pinfall.

Sophomore Josiah Hedensten went 0-2, while freshman Cam Davis finished 2-2 with two decision wins.

As a team, the Tigers placed 12th out of 55 teams with only seven wrestlers entered.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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