By Keith Harner & Colin Staab
On Saturday the Raiders finished off a busy week of wrestling with three duals in Cannon Falls, two girls at a tournament in Pine Island and two wrestlers at Champlin Park for the Ninth Grade State Tournament.
In Cannon Falls during the first dual of the day, Northfield took on Kenyon-Wanamingo. Jackson
Barron got Northfield’s first win of the day at 152 pounds with a decision over Dillon Bartell.
Owen Murphy also won by fall at 182 pounds, followed by another first period fall by Ryan
Kuyper. The Raiders lost the dual 55-15.
Next, the Raiders battled with Cannon Falls in a 42-35 victory. Caley Graber started off the day
with a 8-4 decision win at 106 pounds. Caden Staab picked up a fall at 113 pounds. Zane Engels, Colin Staab and Noah Ackerman won by forfeit at 120 pounds, 170 pounds and heavyweight. Jackson Barron and Ryan Kuyper also won by fall at 160 pounds and 195 pounds.
Owen Murphy won his second overtime match of the week with a score of 7-5.
In the final match of the day, the Raiders were victorious over Waseca 40-36. Caley Graber picked up a forfeit at 106 pounds for six team points. Followed by Caden Staab, Zane Engels and Keith Harner winning with pins at 113 pounds, 120 pounds and 126 pounds. Julian Vazquez picked up his first varsity win by forfeit at 152 pounds along with Jackson Barron’s forfeit at 160 pounds. Colin Staab was dominant on top in his 14-0 major decision at 170 pounds to wrap up the week.
Two girls wrestled at an all-girls tournament in Pine Island. Raider’s eighth ranked in the girls division, Lainey Houts, finished third at 126 pounds losing to Apple Valley’s seventh ranked in the girls division Fabiola Guerra-Guardado. Rowan Seeley, 10th ranked in the girls division, wrestled at 120 pounds finishing 0-2.
Results from the Ninth Grade State Tournament in Champlin Park: Sam Harner went 1-2 at 132 pounds and Austin Benjamin finished 0-2 at 138 pounds.
Northfield will travel to Rochester John Marshall (JM) High School on Thursday night to take on JM and Century for their final, regular season matches of the year before sections.