Owatonna's Blake West captured first place at the prestigious Minnesota Christmas Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Cade King finished second and the Huskies ended up seventh in the 40-team event. Westfield's Tristan Rieken finished third.

The Huskies had five place winners overall. Final team standings featured Simley with 204.5 points to win the title. Kasson-Mantorville was a close second with 199.5. They were followed by Shakopee 176, Willmar 175.5, Apple Valley 166.5, Scott West 164.5, Owatonna 157.

Top-rated West went 5-0 at 106 pounds, beating No. 2 rated Pierson Manville of Shakopee 5-4 in the championship match. No. 1 ranked King lost to No. 2 Zach Glazier of Albert Lea 3-2 in the finals at 182 pounds. Each was a state champion last season.

Ninth-ranked Landen Johnson of the Huskies won five times in the consolation round then lost to No. 2 Hunter Lyden of East Ridge to finish fourth at 138 pounds.

Owatonna's Nick Staska, third-ranked at 195, started the tournament 2-0 then lost to Joey Johnson of Shakopee 7-1 in the quarterfinals. Staska won twice in the consolation round before losing to William Gleason in overtime in the fifth place match.

No. 5 rated Kaden Nelson started 2-0 on Friday. He lost to No. 1 Sebas Sviggum of Apple Valley in the quarterfinals but came back to take eighth place.

Colton Krell of the Westfield Razorbacks, and top-ranked at 170 pounds, wrestled at 182. He won his first four matches before running into eventual champ Glazier in the semifinals. Krell then lost to No. 1 Dalton Andrist of Kasson-Mantorville and beat 7th ranked Josh Piechowski of Stillwater to take fith place.

Westfield 285-pounder Tristan Rieken finished third. He won his first three matches by fall then lost to No. 3 Calvin Menke of Scott West in the semifinals. Rieken bounced back with two more pins including the third place match over Jesse Fiers of Onalaska, WI.

Owatonna's 285-pound entry Isaiah Noeldner lost to Rieken in the first round. Noeldner won three straight in the consolation bracket, two by pin, before being eliminated. Owatonna's Chase Dallman made a big drive for placing with four straight wins in the wrestle-backs but fell short of placing.

The Huskies host Rochester Century Thursday, December 20 at 5 pm at the OHS gym.

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