Huskies Settle for Second at Mustang Wrestling Duals
No. 6AAA Owatonna went 3-1 at Mounds View, but was missing several key wrestlers and couldn't compete with No. 3AAA Anoka in the finals, falling 59-7 in the finals.
Top-ranked Peyton Robb (20-0) is sidelined with a concussion. Back into the top 10 rankings at heavyweight, Goy Tut (12-5) is out ill. Landon Johnson (12-5) was also missing from the lineup. That's 44 combined wins the Huskies didn't have in their lineup and it caught up to them by the end of the afternoon.
Owatonna opened with a 54-14 win over Tartan, getting four forfeits. Joe Fox got the first of his two straight pins before facing ranked wrestlers in his last two matches. OHS defeated Blaine 43-16 in round two. Bryce Goodwin won an overtime thriller at 145 pounds. Owatonna was trailing in the team score 13-12 at the time.
The Huskies squared off with the host team in the third round. Mounds View picked up a couple of early pins for a 12-4 lead. OHS won the next five matches for a 27-12 lead. Cade King ended the run with a technical fall victory at 152. Eighth-grader Andrew Frank put on a dominating display with a 15-1 major win at 170 pounds and was named the Kottke Jeweler's diamond wrestler of the meet. The Huskies won 38-27.
In the finals against No. 3AAA Anoka, the Huskies lost a 7-6 decision at 106 pounds with Kaden Nelson on a close call on whether Nelson had a takedown at the end of the third period. The Tornadoes pulled away early with bonus points in five of the next six matches for a 33-0 lead. King finished off a 4-0 day with a win by decision and won the Kottke Jewelers' diamond wrestler of the meet. Brandon Moen stayed unbeaten on the season with the Huskies only other win against Anoka, a major victory. Moen's career win total stands at 204. Anoka won 59-7.
A personal thanks to Tim Thorn, who provided the radio coverage on KRFO. Owatonna returns to Big Nine wrestling Thursday versus Rochester John Marshall at the OHS gym, with coverage on KRFO AM 1390.