The Mille Lacs County Times » Sports http://millelacscountytimes.com The Mille Lacs County Times cover community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Milaca, Minnesota and it's surrounding areas. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:55:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Time Out with Luther Dorr: Time for highly-ranked minor league system to produce http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/25/time-out-with-luther-dorr-time-for-highly-ranked-minor-league-system-to-produce/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/25/time-out-with-luther-dorr-time-for-highly-ranked-minor-league-system-to-produce/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:25:03 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110472 The intent this week was to focus on the Twins’ pitching staff as the team seeks to shore up the weakest part of the team the past few seasons.
However, there are still too many slots up in the air, although some hurlers – notably, Alex Meyer – have been sent to the minors for various reasons.
So we’ll concentrate this week again on the younger players, some still in the running to make the roster. As of Monday there were 41 players still in camp – 17 pitchers, 6 catchers, 10 infielders and 8 outfielders.
The team has slowed a bit as far as wins and losses, and the barrage of homers has slowed even more, although we always need to remind ourselves that spring stats are often meaningless.
Those stats can often be misleading, as was the case in a game between the Twins and Rays last week when starter Ricky Nolasco’s stats looked bad when his defense was horrible.

Can Santana, Vargas do what they did last season?
Kennys Vargas was hitting .281 when he came up from AA ball last season.
He then hit .274 in 53 games (215 at-bats), hit 9 homers and drove in 39 runs.
Those were fairly impressive totals for someone who was never ranked in the top 100 of minor league prospects.
Last September pitchers started getting him out with regularity on pitches out of the strike zone. True, that also happens to veterans, but it was really apparent that Vargas was chasing off-speed pitches.
Danny Santana, also not ranked in the top 100, had an outstanding rookie season with the Twins and was passable in center field.
A shortstop by trade, Santana was hitting only ..268 in AAA ball when called up by the Twins. He hit .319, had 27 doubles, 7 homers and stole 20 bases in 101 games (405 at-bats).
He, like Vargas who struck out once every 3.4 at-bats, showed a propensity for striking out, doing it once every 4.1 at-bats.
Some will argue that the number of strikeouts isn’t important if a player produces, as those two did. I agree but I’m sure the manager would like to see the number of strikeouts reduced.
Can Vargas and Santana not only match last year’s performance but improve? That’s the question that won’t be answered for a few months, although Santana has had a great spring so far, batting .394.
Muddying the waters for the manager, in a good way, has been the performance of Eddie Rosario, a second baseman who will end up elsewhere in the field as long as Brian Dozier is with the Twins.
He hit only .237 at Class AA New Britain last season after serving a 50-game suspension but then led the Arizona fall league in hitting.
He has some power, hitting 21 homers in a rookie minor league, and has homered twice this spring.
Manager Paul Molitor says he hasn’t considered moving Santana back to center field (he’s playing shortstop this spring) if Aaron Hicks and others fail. But there is speculation that Rosario could make the move to center, much like Santana did last season.
There’s another problem for Molitor, albeit a good one.
Eduardo Escobar, a fill-in at shortstop last season, did a passable job in the field and  hit .275 with a surprising 35 doubles and 6 homers in 433 at-bats. (He struck out once every 4.8 at-bats.)
He’s hitting .375 this spring and has a team-leading 11 RBIs.
Will he be a utility player if Santana is the shortstop? Or will he go back to short if Santana goes to center field? What about Rosario -where does he fit in? Or doesn’t he?
Molitor plans to make his bullpen choices by this weekend. One wonders if he will do the same with his outfield and infield.
The Twins are ranked as having the third-best minor league system, behind the Cubs and Red Sox. The organization has five players ranked in the top 36 in all of the minors, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano being the top ones.
There’s also 20-year-old pitcher Jose Berrios, impressive this spring, and reliever Nick Burdi who has a fastball that tops out near 100 mph. And infielder Nick Gordon, brother of major leaguer Dee Gordon, is promising.
It seems time for some of this promise to start being fulfilled. Santana and Vargas showed promise last year and now Rosario shows promise, with Sano and Buxton in the category of “it’s about time.”
Molitor has the task of sorting all of that out and the fans get to give their opinions about who should play and who shouldn’t. Let’s hope the right decisions are made.

Some bullpen spots, No. 5 starter still to be decided
The best pitching performance I’ve witnessed this spring came last Saturday when Trevor May pitched four hitless innings in a game against the Rays at Port Charlotte.
There were only two balls hit out of the infield and he was regularly ahead on the count. Since May struggled much of his rookie year in 2014, those four innings gave some hope for 2015. And he has a 1.50 ERA so far this spring.
Four spots are set in the rotation: Phil Hughes, Erwin Santana, Kyle Gibson and Ricky Nolasco.
Now, with Alex Meyer back to the minors because of control problems, it’ll be May, Mike Pelfrey or Tommy Milone in the No. 5 slot.
I’d like to see Milone there, simply because he’s a lefty. But Pelfrey has pitched better so far and had another good outing on Monday this week.
They say Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing and Tim Stauffer, an acquisition from the Padres, have bullpen slots locked up. Molitor plans to carry 12 pitchers so that leaves three jobs open.
You can plan on a surprise here also. The most intriguing player is 33-year-old Blaine Boyer, a guy who stayed out of baseball for awhile. Local boy Mark Hamburger is a favorite of some.
Molitor’s pitching decisions will likely be more important than those concerning position players.

BASEBALL SHORTS: Francisco Liriano, a pitcher the Twins gave up on, will be the Opening Day pitcher for the Pirates for the second straight year. His fastball averaged 93 mph last season. He’s had a good spring so far . . .  Another player the Twins gave up on, and could have used in the lineup the last couple years, is Delmon Young. He homered off Perkins last Saturday . . . Michael Cuddyer hit his third homer of the spring for the Mets last weekend . . . Did you know Phil Hughes set a major league record last season by posting a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 11.63? What a change of scenery will do . . . Former Twins still hanging around the majors are LaTroy Hawkins at Colorado, A. J. Pierzynski at Atlanta, Alexi Casilla at Tampa Bay and Scott Baker with the Yankees. Hawkins has been in the major leagues for 20 years and 1,000 games now, 9 of those years with the Twins, They let him go after a 9-3 year and a 1.86 ERA.

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Milaca archers win state title http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/23/milaca-archers-will-state-title/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/23/milaca-archers-will-state-title/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:00:23 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110419 The state championship Milaca Archery team.

The state championship Milaca Archery team.

The Milaca Wolves archery team brought home the gold on Saturday, March 21 after winning the state elementary school archery championship at Champlin Park High School.
The Wolves were among 1,400 archers competing in the tournament. The team scored 3,038 points, edging Foley (2,982 points) and Hill City (2,891 points) to win the title. The team is now qualified to compete in the May national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. Four Milaca archers also qualified for the national tournament in individual competition by finishing in the top 10 in their division.
Milaca’s highest individual finisher invited to nations is Haley Juetten, who finished in third place in the elementary female division. Cole Fruedenburg (5th place, elementary male), Hunter Schwanke (8th place, elementary male), and Connor Wojciechowski (9th place, elementary male) also earned invitations to the national meet.
The four archers join their teammates Silas Evans, Hunter Bockoven, Kylie Blake, Shaylee Koenig, Tanner Farnick, Avree Patchen, Kayla Gave, Morgan Majerus, Erika Kotsmith, Ruby Hirsch, Wade Cagle, Owen Peterson, Luke Williams, Dillon Molacek, and Ashley Juetten on the first-place team that has been invited to nationals.

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Wolves’ win sixth grade girls’ championship http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/17/wolves-win-sixth-grade-girls-championship/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/17/wolves-win-sixth-grade-girls-championship/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:17:09 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110352 sports 6th grade girls2

It’s no secret that defense helps win championships.
And the Milaca Wolves No. 2 sixth grade girls’ basketball team proved that theory correct once again, as the local squad bounced their way to a Minnesota Youth Athletic Services State Tournament title recently in Bloomington.
The Wolves, representing the Milaca Youth Basketball Association, won the “C” championship with a convincing 29-12 victory over Byron.
Milaca used a stifling defense to completely shut down Byron. The Wolves led throughout the contest.
“The defense all weekend long was better, I think, than we had all season,” said Wolves’ coach Kurt Kragt. “That was kind of the key.”
To reach the championship game, Milaca trounced Winona 32-13 in a semifinal matchup.
Milaca started the tournament with an impressive 36-24 comeback victory over City of Lakes (Minneapolis). Milaca trailed by as many as eight points in the game but cut that deficit to just two at halftime.
“Just like the other games, our defense took over in the second half,” Kragt said. “That first game was definitely our biggest challenge. But it was a big confidence booster because (our girls) started to believe that they could stop the other teams and that they could play good defense.”
In the Wolves’ next game, Milaca defeated Red Wing 28-15.
Leading scorers for Milaca in the tournament were Oliva Westling with 52 points, while Jackie Kragt added 45.
Offensively, Kragt said the Wolves did a good job utilizing screens and pick-and-rolls.
“We have some girls that have really figured out to set a good screen,” Kragt noted. “And we used that screen-and-roll and the give-and-go, which were definitely our strong points.”
The Wolves’ season, which started at the end of October, featured several weekend tournaments over the course of five months. The Milaca No. 2  sixth grade girls’ team won the championship at a Kimball tournament earlier in the season. The Wolves also placed third at an Isle tournament.
Kragt said the Wolves improved significantly over the course of the season.
“They went from not really being sure what defense was, I don’t think, at the beginning to really understanding their positions.”

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Wolves JV girls’ team enjoys record-breaking season http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/11/wolves-jv-girls-team-enjoys-record-breaking-season/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/11/wolves-jv-girls-team-enjoys-record-breaking-season/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 01:00:13 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110246 sports JV hoops

The Milaca Wolves junior varsity girls’ basketball team had one of those seasons that doesn’t come around very often.
Milaca’s JV girls’ team had a tremendous season this past year, compiling an impressive 20-3 record. It was the first time that Milaca’s junior varsity girls’ basketball program has won 20 games in a season.
The Wolves reached the 20-win mark after defeating the Mora Mustangs 60-19 on Feb. 26. Milaca had plenty of blowout wins this past season but did have some close games with Becker, Zimmerman and Foley.
“Against the tough teams, we were close and the lower teams we beat by 20 or 30 points,” said Wolves junior varsity head coach Cory Ploeger, noting they started the season 7-0.
Milaca’s three losses came against Foley early in the season, against a tough Annandale squad by nine points, and Becker.
The Wolves avenged that loss to Foley, however, by defeating the Falcons 60-49 the second time the two teams hooked up.
Like most successful basketball teams, Milaca was very good defensively this season. The Wolves scored an average of 56 points per game and allowed just 39 per game.
That differential is always going to produce plenty of victories.
“Our goal was to keep a team under 40 points,” Ploeger noted. “And we did that. I emphasize defense big time. There are two things that I emphasize, defense and playing together.
“I would never tell anyone who was the high scorer. I don’t care who scores, I just want them to play together as a team and work the ball around and get the best shot.”
Team chemistry was a big reason why this year’s Wolves’ team had so much success.
“The girls worked so well together,” Ploeger said. “Nobody cared who scored and if somebody was closer to the basket, then they would pass it. They wouldn’t dribble it themselves. I really think our teamwork was the key and they took a lot of pride in their defense.”
Ploeger predicted that about 75 percent of this year’s JV team will go on to play varsity next season. This year’s junior varsity roster consisted of three juniors, six sophomores, and two freshmen.
“It all depends on how hard they work over the summer,” stressed Ploeger, who has been the junior varsity head coach the past three seasons.
The Wolves were obviously very talented but they also had a trait that can’t be coached – they boasted plenty of height. Kalysta Katke and Carrie Rosenberg are both listed at 6-feet tall while Ellie Banks is 5-foot-11.
“We went inside a lot (on offense),” Ploeger said. “That was our key, to get it inside. We could hit the outside shot, but we were more consistent inside. And we pressed a lot, we switched the defense to a half-court trap. We switched the defense up a lot.”
Last year’s Wolves’ junior varsity girls’ team finished with a 13-11 record after starting the season 8-0. But the JV program isn’t about wins and losses. Rather, it’s about developing players for the next level.
“I lost a couple of the girls during the season,” Ploeger explained. “They moved up to varsity and played all varsity because they looked good on JV and we needed them to play varsity.
“At JV, if they are ready for varsity, then we’re going to move them up as soon as we can. That’s my goal – get them ready for varsity so they can succeed up there. That’s my No. 1 goal.”

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Makayla Paggen pushes past 1,000-point plateau http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/10/makayla-paggen-pushes-past-1000-point-plateau/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/10/makayla-paggen-pushes-past-1000-point-plateau/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:03:41 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110216 sports girls bb celebrate

Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times Makayla Paggen is congratulated by teammate Megan Dahlstrom after scoring her 1,000th point against Mora.

With the Milaca Wolves’ 70-47 loss to Foley last Saturday, it brought the end to a very good season for the local varsity girls’ basketball team.
It also brought the end to a fantastic high school career for Makayla Paggen.
Paggen played five seasons with the Wolves’ varsity team, compiling 1,022 career points. She became part of the rare fraternity of 1,000-point players at Milaca when she scored 22 points in the Wolves’ 65-51 playoff victory over the Mora Mustangs on Thursday, March 5.
“It meant a lot (getting my 1,000th point at home),” said Paggen, 17, last weekend. “It was an amazing feeling. When I turned around and got those hugs from my teammates, that was amazing. It meant a lot to me because it was nice to see all of my hard work in the gym paid off and it really means a lot to me that my teammates were so happy for me.”
Paggen gave a lot of credit for her success to her teammates.
“I couldn’t have done it without them and my parents’ support, either, because they are the ones that take me everywhere and have the gym membership so I could go shoot,” Paggen explained. “My dad is a big part of me accomplishing (1,022 points). He started out our first travel team when we were younger and he really pushes me to try to be the very best that I can be.
“Sometimes, I hate him for it, but he really helped me.”
Nine varsity players at Milaca have scored at least 1,000 points in their high school career. Five of those are varsity women.
Maggie Doty leads all Wolves’ female players with 1,228 points, followed by Lindsey Westphal (1,133), Jen Ahlberg (1,121) and Amy Rensenbrink (1,065).
Paggen’s 1,000th point came on a free throw late in the second half against Mora. The game was paused for a couple of minutes while her teammates showered her with congratulations. She also took time to hug her 14-year-old sister Kiley, and her parents Joe and Becky in the crowd.
It was an emotional time for the Wolves’ star guard. She looks back at her stellar high school career with fond memories.
“It was an amazing journey,” Paggen said. “It was a fun time and I had a chance to play with many girls. These past two years have been really fun because I’m really close with the juniors this year and the seniors were all a very tight-knit group.
“It’s been a fun five years, that’s for sure.”
Paggen said a couple of career highlights for her included the Wolves’ winning two playoff games in head coach Dave Leom’s first year with the team. On a personal level, she fondly recalls scoring a personal-best – and Milaca school record – 34 points against Red Lake this past season.
She was also a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line against Red Lake and made 21 consecutive free throws over two games before missing one.
Paggen’s 1,000th career point against Mora didn’t come easy. After scoring 17 points in the first half, Paggen had just five in the second half. She had a rare miss of two free throws late in the game and then had a lay-up that would normally drop for her rim out.
It was quite the relief for Paggen to finally notch the 1,000-point mark.
“I don’t think I missed two free throws in a row all season,” Paggen laughed. “That was crazy…I had 17 points in the first half and then it took me a whole half to get four points.”
Next season, Paggen expects to play for Anoka-Ramsey Community College women’s basketball team. She didn’t waste any time getting back in the gym preparing for the next step in her basketball career.
“Tomorrow, my dad and I are going to the gym and I’m hopefully going to get on a weight-training program,” she explained. “I’m going to start getting some muscle and shooting lots and lots of baskets and doing lots of running. I’m hoping to work with the coach down there this summer.
“I’m going to spend a lot of time in the gym this summer.”
Leom had the luxury of coaching Paggen for three seasons. He was very pleased that she was able to surpass the 1,000-point milestone
“I’m happy for Makayla,” Leom said. “Obviously, that’s a huge accomplishment for anybody that can do that. I’m glad it happened at home and I’m happy that it happened in front of a lot of people so that they could see what she worked really, really hard for.”
Like all great players, Paggen’s ability on the court was equaled by her dedication to improve her game.
“That’s what a lot of people don’t really understand,” Leom said. “When players get to a certain level of play, it’s not just because they become that player. It’s because of all of the time that they spend alone shooting hoops when no one is watching. And that’s when they really get better.”
Leom raved about Paggen’s competitiveness on the floor.
“One of the things that I have admired about Makayla is that she is a competitor,” Leom said. “She really, really and truly wants to win and I think that that’s one of the staples that we have been talking about with our program. When we win, we don’t win at all costs. We win the right way. She’s fun to be around and kind of a character off the floor.
“Kudos to her and kudos to her family for all of the work they did to get her where is at.”

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Wolves’ season ends with Foley loss http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/10/wolves-season-ends-with-foley-loss/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/10/wolves-season-ends-with-foley-loss/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:00:52 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110220 Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times The Wolves’ Alex Ploeger looks to make a play against Mora in a North Sub-Section 5-2A quarter-final on Thursday, March 5 in Milaca. Milaca won the game 65-51.

Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times
The Wolves’ Alex Ploeger looks to make a play against Mora in a North Sub-Section 5-2A quarter-final on Thursday, March 5 in Milaca. Milaca won the game 65-51.

The Foley Falcons proved to be too tough of a test for the Milaca Wolves once again.
Foley ended the Wolves’ varsity girls’ basketball team’s season with a 70-47 victory in the North Sub-Section 5-2A semifinals on Saturday, March 7. The Falcons led by 10 points at halftime.
“We played 17-and-a-half good minutes in the first half,” said Wolves’ head coach Dave Leom. “Our last 30 seconds, we really did not put forth the effort that we needed to finish out that first half . They got two easy layups to push the lead to 10.”
Milaca then started the first four-plus minutes of the second half without making a basket. The Falcons took advantage of Milaca’s offensive woes, stretching their lead to 18 points and the Wolves never recovered.
Tara Dusharm led the Falcons in scoring with 22 points while Shelby Lewandowski added 12. Five Foley players scored at least seven points.
Makayla Paggen paced Milaca with 21 points while Alex Ploeger chipped in with 15.
The Wolves reached the North Sub-Section 5-2A semifinals after defeating the Mora Mustangs 65-51 on Thursday, March 5 in Milaca.
Milaca had a solid start to the game, opening up a 19-10 lead midway in the first half. The Wolves increased that advantage to 39-24 at the break.
“I thought we started out well and it helped that we prepared a little bit for that zone that they were playing,” Leom said. “We did a nice job of moving the ball around obviously Makayla (Paggen) and Ashley (Cassens) did a nice job on the perimeter to hit shots.”
Paggen scored 22 points – while surpassing the 1,000-point plateau in her high school career – to lead Milaca to the home victory. Caitlin Richardson also had a very strong game for Milaca, adding 19 points.
But a big key for the Wolves was their rebounding. Richardson had 10 rebounds, eight of them coming at the offensive end, while Megan Dahlstrom and Megan Gould each added seven boards.
“I felt that we owned the boards, for the most part,” Leom said. “We were physical with them even though they were taller. We held with them pretty well – I was happy with that.”
Leom was very impressed with Richardson, a 10th grader, and her strong play in the playoff opener. Richardson has a real good future at the varsity level.
“Next to Makayla, Caitlin is the one that has really surprised us this year,” Leom said. “She’s done a fantastic job not getting caught up in some of the pressure situations. She’s very calm and very quiet. She had some fantastic drives and she had a lot of her points from offensive rebounds. I was really impressed with how hard she went to the boards.”
Brooke Oslin had 14 points while Kelly Becker added 13 for Mora.
With the loss to Foley, Milaca finished the season with a solid 15-11 record. The Wolves will lose five players – Paggen, Allie Terpstra, Ashley Cassens, Alex Ploeger, and Zoey Katke – due to graduation.
“I don’t think anybody could have paved the path that we had this year with Molly (Banks) being injured and then Megan (Dahlstrom) going down for almost a full month and then not getting full speed back until probably the last week,” Leom said.
“Taking those two (players) out changes what we do.”
Despite those injuries, the Wolves did quite a bit of winning this season. As a program, Milaca appears to be headed in the right direction with all of their female teams enjoying successful seasons.
“This is the first year that most of the coaches remember that program-wide, every team seventh/eighth, C squad, JV, and varsity all had winning records,” Leom noted. “We have something to hang our hat on the program. It’s starting to turn around, not just varsity-wise but program-wise, and I think our town and our girls can be proud of that.
“We’re out there competing against tough competition. I’m really happy how we finished the year, and I think our captains would agree, we really played well and we had a lot of cohesiveness amongst the team.”

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Girls basketball: season ends with loss to Foley http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/07/girls-basketball-season-ends-with-loss-to-foley/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/07/girls-basketball-season-ends-with-loss-to-foley/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 23:35:38 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110183 The Milaca girls basketball team saw its season come to an end Saturday, March 7 after losing 70-47 to Foley in basketball playoff action.

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Girls basketball: Wolves advance in playoffs http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/05/girls-basketball-wolves-advance-in-playoffs/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/03/05/girls-basketball-wolves-advance-in-playoffs/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:37:17 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110141  

 

The Milaca girls basketball team will face Foley Saturday after a 65-51 playoff quarterfinal win against Mora Thursday night at Milaca High School.

the Wolves were led by Mikayla Paggen’s 22 points. Kaitlin Richardson added 19 points for the Wolves.

 

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4 Wolves alive in wrestling tournament going into Saturday http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/02/28/4-wolves-alive-in-wrestling-tournament-going-into-saturday/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/02/28/4-wolves-alive-in-wrestling-tournament-going-into-saturday/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:47:44 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110046 Friday was a challenging day for members of the Milaca Wolves wrestling team.

The team sent seven wrestlers to the Class AA individual wrestling tournament and all lost on the opening day of the tournament. Two of the seven wrestlers remain alive seeking the third-place title Saturday.

Dru Kuchenbaker, at 138 pounds, Aaron Mosco at 160 pounds, Josh Otten at 170 pounds and Austin Weidner at 185 remain alive in the tournament.

Kuchenbaker started the day with a 6-5 decision over Caleb Vekved of Becker in his opening duel. He then went on to fave Chris Pettis of WEM/JEP in the quarterfinals. Kuckenbaker lost 8-6 and moved into the battle for third place. In the opening dual of the bracket, Kuchenbaker defeated Sam Naddy of Ottertail Central 10-5 in overtime to advance to Saturday’s semifinals against Kyle Nordstrom of Simley.

Mosco lost his opening dual to Nick Gravdahl of Pequot Lakes in a hard-fought 4-2 overtime decision. In the lower bracket he went on to defeat Bobby Strggow of Orono 12-1. He will face Aaron Berge of Kasson-Mantorville Saturday as he moves through the bracket seeking the third-place title.

At 170, Josh Otten lost his opening dual 8-5 to Mason Rutt of Tri-City United to move into the lower bracket. He then defeated Zach Moon of Simley with a pin at the 3:42 mark. Otten faces Sam Hoppe of New Ulm Saturday.

Austin Weidner defeated William Parks of Perham by a 3-2 decision in his opening dual then went on to to a 3-2 decision to Johnny Zarnke of Chaska. In the lower bracket, Weidner defeated Redwood Falls’ Cody Anderson 2-0 to advance to Saturday’s action against Tim Christianson of Albert Lea.

At 106, Jon Hall was pinned at the 1:56 mark to end his day at the tournament.

At 152, Jack Barsody defeated Cody Clabunde of Litchfield in his opening dual with a 5-1 decision but lost by an 11-0 decision to Logan Kass in the quarterfinals. That moved Barsody down a bracket, where he lost9-3  to Glencoe’s Nate Tesch to end his day at the tournament.

At 220, Colton Sailor never got to take to the mat after forfeiting his match to Noah Welsh of New London-Spicer.

 

 

 

 

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Foley ends Wolves run at team wrestling tourney http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/02/26/foley-ends-wolves-run-at-team-tourney/ http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/02/26/foley-ends-wolves-run-at-team-tourney/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:10:27 +0000 http://millelacscountytimes.com/?p=110030 The Milaca Wolves wrestling team has wrapped up its appearance at the 2015 team state wrestling tournament after a 33-30 loss to neighboring Foley in the semi-final round of consolation action.State wrestling

Earlier Thursday, the Wolves lost 46-23 to Scott West in the Class AA quarterfinals.

Foley took a 13-0 lead before Hunter Noor earned a 11-1 decision over Noah Lefebvre at the 126 weight.

Dru Kuchenbaker earned a pin of Randy Kutz in 3:13 at the 138 weight to cut Foley’s lead to 16-10. Decisions by Reese Sandberg (145) and Jack Barsody (152) tied the score at 16-16.

Aaron Mosco’s technical fall over Jordan Beack at the 160 weight put Milaca up 21-16.

Foley scored a fall and technical fall at the 170 and 182 weights for 11 points and a 27-21 lead. Josh Otten’s 10-4 decision over Jon Olson at the 195 weight cut Foley’s lead to 27-24.

Milaca was still alive with two matches remaining. But the Wolves did the one thing the team couldn’t afford to do — they gave up six points when Saylor Smith of Foley pinned Nicholas Marx at the 2:51 mark at the 220 weight.

Milaca’s Jake Merten pinned Foley’s Tryston Bemboon in 1:52, but the six points earned left the Wolves three points shy of a tie.

Milaca bowed outr of the team portion of the state tournament, while Foley went on to face Perham in the consolation championship.

 

AA CONSOLATION SEMI-FINAL
Winners are displayed on the top line.

33 Foley
30 Milaca/Faith Christian

106 3 points 4-1
John Dierkes Foley
Jon Hall Milaca/Faith Christian

113 6 points Fall 151
John Larson Foley
Zach Salgren Milaca/Faith Christian

120 4 points 9-1
Austin Loehrer Foley
Logan Majerus Milaca/Faith Christian

126 4 points 11-1
Hunter Noor Milaca/Faith Christian
Noah Lefebvre Foley

132 3 points 3-1
Taylor Jurek Foley
Kyle Starr Milaca/Faith Christian

138 6 points Fall 313
Dru Kuchenbaker Milaca/Faith Christian
Randy Kutz Foley

145 3 points 3-1
Reece Sandberg Milaca/Faith Christian
Simon Bryce Foley

152 3 points OT 3-1
Jack Barsody Milaca/Faith Christian
Nathan Goulet Foley

160 5 points TF 18-3
Aaron Moscho Milaca/Faith Christian
Jordan Beack Foley

170 6 points Fall 112
Spencer Elwell Foley
Neil Hanson Milaca/Faith Christian

182 5 points TF 21-5
Carter Nielsen Foley
Austin Weidner Milaca/Faith Christian

195 3 points 10-4
Josh Otten Milaca/Faith Christian
Jon Olson Foley

220 6 points Fall 251
Saylor Schmit Foley
Nicholas Marx Milaca/Faith Christian

285 6 points Fall 152
Jake Merten Milaca/Faith Christian
Tryston Bemboom Foley

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