Owatonna Wrestlers are Undisputed, Unbeaten Conference Champs
The Owatonna wrestlers wrapped up the outright Big Nine title Thursday night with a 40-19 victory over Faribault at the OHS gym.
It is the Huskies' third title over the past five seasons and the 23rd overall for the school. It could be argued they secured the title with their early January win over Albert Lea. Mathematically they captured the crown with their triangular sweep in Mankato two weeks ago. But Thursday's senior-night setting allowed Owatonna to finish off a perfect 10-0 run through their conference opponents by an average score of 48-21.
Owatonna got wins on Thursday from Kaden Nelson, Joey Wencl, Carlos Beascochea, Peyton Robb, Parker Westphal, Cade King, Nick Staska, Brandon Moen and Goy Tut. The Huskies should be the top seed for Section 1AAA, which begins Thursday, February 16. OHS lost to Faribault in the semifinals in 2016. Farmington won the title last year.
OHS boys hockey blanked Faribault 6-0 on Thursday. Nick Smith had a hat trick. Braeden Meier, Tyler Wencl and Luke Kubicek added goals. Owatonna holds its senior day Saturday at 3PM when the Huskies host Rochester Century. The game has big playoff implications for home ice in the postseason. Century beat Owatonna earlier this season.
Scoreboard, Thursday, February 9
Goodhue 54, Faribault BA 42
Mankato East 66, Faribault 65
Maple River 67, USC 48
New Ulm 56, Albert Lea 48
Triton 71, WEM 69
Austin 64, Rochester Century 51
Byron 62, Kenyon-Wanamingo 58
Goodhue 41, Pine Island 36
Rochester Lourdes 70, La Crescent 41
St. Peter 51, Waseca 45
Stewartville 68, Lake City 40
Albert Lea 5, Mankato East 1
Lakeville South 4, Farmington 3
Mankato West 6, Austin 1
Northfield 4, Rochester Century 1
Red Wing 10, Winona 2
Waseca 3, Le Sueur-Henderson/St. Peter/TCU 0
Owatonna 40, Faribault 19
Westfield 51, WEM/JWP 26
Kenyon-Wanamingo 78, Triton 0