By Victoria Dahlin—
The North Branch wrestlers thwarted Robbinsdale Cooper 57-16 in a conference match up last week.
“This was a nice win for the team,” said Coach Tony Aho. “Though Cooper is down a bit this year, we have a lot of movement in our line-up, and young guys are starting to step up. We are starting to see great potential from Aaron Senne who made the cut to 113, which looks to have made him quicker and more aggressive. Mitch Anderson looked sharp in his win as did Zack Sundly and Jordan Mold. Mold is a first-year guy with an outstanding work-ethic, which allows him to learn fast.”
Last Saturday the Vikings competed in the Cambridge-Isanti Duals and lost 39-30 to St. Cloud Apollo in round one before defeating Mora 52-20 in round two. The team then fell 60-12 to Forest Lake in round three and 56-15 to Cambridge-Isanti in round four. Cambridge-Isanti won the tournament, while Forest Lake was runner-up.
Varsity heavyweight sophomore Seamus Hunter was 4-0 for the tournament, and junior varsity freshman Arik Steele took first place in the JV tournament against tough competition.
“Though we were only 1-3 on the day, the guys really battled hard,” said Coach Aho. “Aaron Senne continues to wrestle well at 113, and Reid Johnson is putting together a nice season at 126. We were very impressed with juniors Jake Pilz and Zack Sundly who are working very hard in practice and carrying that intensity out on to the competition mat. Seamus Hunter looks very confident right now and will be difficult to beat as long as he stays focused and aggressive.
“Congratulations to Patrick Mork who went 3-1 on the day and moved into fifth place all time in NB wrestling history with 107 career wins. Patrick is really stepping up as a leader and the team is responding well. We are looking forward to the remainder of the season. If we stay healthy, we can still make some noise.”
NB wrestlers over Robbinsdale Cooper
113 Aaron Senne by pin 1:18
126 Reid Johnson by pin 1:32
132 Jake Pilz by decision 15-10
152 Mitch Anderson by pin 1:10
160 Patrick Mork by pin 1:51
170 Tristan LaBelle by forfeit
182 Zack Sundly by pin 1:09
195 Jordan Mold by pin 0:34
220 Eric Bergstrom by forfeit
285 Seamus Hunter by pin 2:22
The NB wrestling team will travel to Grand Rapids for the Skip Nalan Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.