The Alexandria wrestling team saw two tight duals go the wrong way for it on Tuesday night as the Cardinals dropped a 37-35 match to Pierz and a 45-29 match to Eden Valley-Watkins.
“We were in a good position to win both of these duals, but our opponents were able to turn the tables in the third period of a few matches that ultimately led to our demise,” Alexandria head coach Aldon Struchen said.
Ryan Borris highlighted the match against Eden Valley-Watkins with a 4-3 win over seventh-ranked Taylor Ludwig at 138 pounds. Borris, AJ Sparr (126), Cole Vatnsdal (138) and Cody Richardson (170) all had two wins on the night.
Ramiro Villanueva and Tate Runge added forfeit wins against Pierz. Blaze Nelson got a forfeit win at 113 against Eden Valley-Watkins, and Kelly Johnson pinned his man at 120 pounds in just 43 seconds in that match.
“We will turn up our conditioning and third-period focus down the stretch as we are now just two weeks away from postseason wrestling,” Struchen said.
Osakis swept at LPGE-Browerville
Osakis faced off against some good competition at the LPGE-Browerville Quad on Tuesday and came back with a 0-3 finish.
Class A’s top-ranked LPGE-Browerville beat the Silverstreaks 78-0. The Wolves racked up six points in 12 of the 14 matches through either pins or forfeits.
Ottertail Central won a 67-12 match against Osakis. Jacob Taplin had a pin in 1:15 for the Silverstreaks at 106 pounds, and Logan Grove added a win at 113 pounds. The Bulldogs responded with 12 straight wins to put things away.
Royalton-Upsala also took a 57-16 final against Osakis. The Silverstreaks’ wins in that one came from Grove with a pin in 50 seconds at 113, Nathan Kulzer (132) by forfeit, and Kale Drevlow in a 16-8 major decision at 145 pounds.