Albert Lea wrestling team sweeps home quadrangular

Published 7:56 pm Monday, January 28, 2019

Fans of the Albert Lea wrestling program packed the gym Saturday afternoon for a quadrangular against Rochester John Marshall, No. 9-ranked (AAA) Mounds View and Farmington.

Albert Lea dominated in wins over John Marshall and Farmington and pulled out a close victory over Mounds View, 34-32.

The Tigers dropped just two matches to the Rockets in the first dual of the day — one of which was a forfeit at 285 pounds — cruising to a 69-9 victory.

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Seniors Caleb Miller, Nic Cantu and Brady Nielsen; sophomores Joey Flores, Griffin Studier and Caleb Talamantes; and eighth-grader Derrick McMillian each won their matches by pinfall. Senior Connor Barney picked up an 8-2 decision win and senior Zach Glazier, junior Ethan Jerdee, sophomore Josiah Hedensten and eighth-grader Cole Glazier all won by way of forfeit.

The Tigers had a tougher time with the Mustangs, but a key win from Nielsen late in the dual set them over the top, 34-32.

Cantu and McMillian picked up their second pinfalls of the day, this time accompanied by Hedensten with his first. Cole Glazier notched a 15-4 major decision, while freshman Cam Davis and Nielsen grabbed pivotal wins for the Tigers with a 2-0 decision and a 3-1 decision, respectively. Zach Glazier won by forfeit at 220 pounds.

After the momentous win, Albert Lea had no trouble disposing of Farmington in the final dual of the day, 40-23.

Cole and Zach Glazier, Hedensten and Flores each recorded pinfalls. McMillian and Davis marked 21-6 and 20-5 technical falls, respectively. Cantu won via forfeit.

Cole and Zach Glazier, McMillian, Cantu and Hedensten all finished the day 3-0 for the Tigers.

The Tigers move up to 15-5 on the season and will hit the mats once again Thursday when they hit the road to take on the Winona Winhawks.

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