By Brenda Erdahl, Sports Editor. Annandale-Maple Lake wrestlers traveled to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for a 15-team individual tournament, Saturday, Jan. 20, and finished fourth despite only filling 10 of 14 weight classes. Several underclassmen missed Saturday’s event because they were wrestling with the Ninth Grade and Under League at state the same day. But of the 10 who did wrestle, six placed, four of those place-winners won championships, and all made the finals. Quinn Youngs picked up two tech falls and a pin to win the 132-pound weight class. Those three wins also tied him for seventh with Lenny Wurm and John Barrett on the alltime win list from the Annandale and Maple Lake programs’ histories.
Hunter Manka won all three matches at 145 pounds, including a couple of “hardfought ones,” to not only pick up the championship but also take his 100th career win, coach Ben Youngs said. Walker Weege won his first match at 160 pounds easily, then won his second match against a very tough kid, by injury default. In the finals he ran into a “buzz saw” with a Royalton wrestler who only has one loss on the year, Youngs said. Weege finished second overall.
Mitchell Bergstrom won the 170-weight class in his first action at HL-W-W, dropping from 182. In his finals match he defeated an excellent section opponent from Zimmerman Justin Robinson, which bodes well for him, Youngs said. Reed Rasset won the 195- pound bracket, cruising through with a pin over his Monticello opponent, Jesse Midas, a wrestler who pinned him last weekend. Cuyler Helwig finished runner-up at 220 pounds. He won a match, then in the semifinals avenged an earlier loss to a HL-W-W wrestler who made it to state last year, before dropping his final match to an “excellent kid” from Royalton, Youngs said.
Up next for the Lightning on, Thursday, Jan. 25 is youth night and senior night at Maple Lake High School. JV wrestlers face Milaca at 6 p.m. with varsity to follow.