Owatonna’s West Wins Rumble Title, King Loses in Finals
Top-ranked Blake West continued his perfect season with a championship run at the Rumble on the Red wrestling tournament at Fargo, capturing the 106-pound title. The Huskies' sophomore beat third-rated Chase Murphy of Northfield 3-0 for the title. Owatonna finished seventh out of about 50 teams overall.
Defending state champ Cade King lost to Albert Lea's Zach Glazier, who is also a returning state champion, 4-1 in overtime in the finals at 182 pounds. Glazier beat King 3-2 in the finals of the Minnesota Christmas Tournament as well. The two could square off again during the regular season dual meet January 10 in Albert Lea. Multiple head-to-head battles could happen at sections.
Three other Huskies advanced to Saturday, but lost right away in the wrestle-backs. Landen Johnson, Kaden Nelson and Nick Staska each reached the second day of competition.
Final team standings, top ten teams:
- Perham (No.5 ranked in Class AA) 175.5
- Apple Valley (No. 2 AAA) 159
- Bismarck ND 143
- Scott West (No. 3 AA) 133.5
- Northfield (No. 11 AAA) 129
- Waconia (No. 7 AA) 111.5
- Owatonna (No. 3 AAA) 106.5
- Mounds View (No. 10 AAA) 92
- New Salem-Almount ND 85.5
- Rapid City Stevens SD 82
Next up for the Huskies is The Clash National Wrestling Duals January 4-5 at Rochester Regional Sports Center at RCTC. The Huskies are the second seed in their bracket and will open with Thompson, AL at 4 pm Friday, January 4. Oak Park River Forest, IL is the top seed in the bracket. OHS will also wrestle at 6 pm and 8 pm Friday. Saturday times are based on Friday's results.
Other teams the Huskies could face include Kearney, MO, Dover-Eyota, Burlington, IA, New Hampton, IA and Rochester Mayo.
The other top seeds are Waverly Shellrock, IA, Waukee, IA and Apple Valley. The other number two seeds are Denver, LA, St. Michael-Albertville and Shakopee.