With 3 Titles, Owatonna Wrestlers Claim Tourney Championship
Owatonna wrestlers won three individual titles Saturday, December 15 at the Ethan Herman Memorial Tournament at Chanhassen, lifting the Huskies to the tournament championship. The Huskies edged tenth-ranked Wayzata in the final team standings. It was a nice bounce back for OHS after a close loss to Northfield Thursday in a Big Nine Conference dual.
Cael Robb, Jerez Autridge, and Landen Johnson won titles Saturday, while Chase Dallman, Andrew Nirk, and Isaiah Noeldner finished in second place. Kanin Hable and Matt Seykora added third place finishes to add to the team's point total.
Robb, ranked second at 106 pounds, went 3-0 on the day with two pins. He beat Elijah Wald of Wayzata 8-0 in the finals. Autridge went 3-0 with a pair of pins. He won by fall in the finals over Gabriel Schumacher of Minnetonka. Johnson, fourth ranked at 152 pounds, also went 3-0 with two pins. He beat the fourth-rated 145-pounder Bryce Dagel of Eden Prairie in the title bout.
The Huskies 285-pounder Isaiah Noeldner has scored several wins over ranked wrestlers this season, but lost to No. 3-AA rated Kaleb Haase from Redwood Valley in the finals. Noeldner went 2-1 with both wins by pin. Dallman lost to Tristan Lang of Hutchinson 5-3 in the finals at 132 pounds after pinning two opponents. Nirk also pinned back-to-back opponents before falling in the finals at 160 pounds to Keegan Lemke of Glencoe/Lester Prairie.
Hable was 3-1 on the day and Seykora 2-1 as each took third place. Quincey Price finished fourth. Owen Thron ended up fifth. Owatonna's other entries included Jake Gronli, Max Dixon, and Luke Effertz.
The top five team scores in the 12-team event were Owatonna 210.5, Wayzata 207.5, Hutchinson 133, Minnetonka 113, Mankato West 106.5.
The Huskies go to Rochester Century for a 7 pm dual on Thursday, December 19 with coverage on AM 1390 KRFO and the KRFO app. They will return to Rochester this Friday and Saturday for the Minnesota Christmas Tournament, one of the biggest individual tournaments in the state.