Owatonna Wrestling Ousted by Faribault in Semis; Boys Hockey Closes with Win
The Faribault Falcons had several additions to their lineup for the Section 1AAA semifinals versus Owatonna and reversed the result from the regular season dual.
The Huskies beat the Falcons 44-18 on February 5, but with several wrestlers back into their lineup for the semifinal dual Faribault scored a 35-25 upset win. It's believed to be Faribault's first win over Owatonna since 1997. The Falcons went on to push defending section champ Farmington all the way to the end before falling 38-30 to the Tigers.
Faribault opened up the semifinal match with a pin at 106. The Huskies won four of the next five bouts but only had a 13-10 lead as a result. Faribault won the next four matches, including pins at 160 and 170 from FHS seniors Isaac VanThomme and No. 3 ranked Ryan Mullenex. Faribault led 29-13 entering 182 pounds. Owatonna's Griffin Thorn and Brandoen Moen scored back-to-back pins to pull OHS within 29-25. Faribault closed with wins at 220 and heavyweight for the 35-25 final score. Owatonna ended their season with a 17-8 record. Wrestling individuals are Friday and Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
Kasson-Mantorville crushed Albert Lea 44-6 for the Section 1AA crown. Caledonia upset Zumbrota-Mazeppa 35-22 in 1A. Kenyon-Wanamingo dominated Blue Earth Area 56-9 in the Section 2A finals.
Owatonna's boys hockey team shutout Austin 5-0 on Senior Day Saturday at the Four Seasons Centre to finish their regular season at 15-9-1. It was Ryan Johnson's sixth shutout of the season in just 12 varsity games. The six shutouts break the school single-season record of four and tie the career record held by Brad Austin, Doug Voss and Lincoln Nguyen. Owatonna opens the Section 1AA tournament as the No. 5 seed and will play at No. 4 Rochester John Marshall on Thursday at 7PM on KRFO AM 1390. Lakeville North is the top seed and three-time defending section champ.
In Saturday basketball, the Owatonna girls doubled up Albert Lea 66-33. The OHS boys lost a make-up game at Winona 58-49. The Huskies face Red Wing on Tuesday. The boys in Red Wing and the girls in Owatonna.