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WRESTLING: Aitkin’s Chouanard captures championship

CASS LAKE — Aitkin’s Jordan Chouanard captured the 145-pound championship on the second day of the 36-team Big Bear tournament Saturday.

Chouanard pinned Brainerd’s Mack Glasby in 2:32 for the championship.

At 135, two-time state champion Hayden Zillmer of Crosby-Ironton was defeated 7-2 by Matt Nelson of Big Lake for the title. Nelson is ranked third in Class 2A at 135 and Zillmer No. 1 at 130 in 1A.

Mitch Steffens of Wadena-Deer Creek was runner-up at 119, Aitkin’s Brian Wold was second at 130, Peter Harrison of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus was second at 152 and Christian Harrison of PL/PRB was second at 171.

Brainerd’s Tyler Kohlmeier placed fourth at 171 and Luke Boran fifth at 135.

“It’s been kind of a grueling week and a half,” Warriors co-head coach Mike Boran said of having seven events in 10 days. “I think we wrestled OK. We’re happy with the guys who placed.

“Mack would like to have his match back in the finals. Chouanard caught him and pinned him. When you get in the finals it’s pretty tough. Even though he would like to have that one back he had a good tournament, the same with Tyler and Luke. Both wrestled great competition. Luke lost to Zillmer in the semis. Tyler was fighting illness all weekend.

“Anytime you’re in the top eight in the Big Bear with 36 teams you’ve had a pretty good tournament.”

In team competition, W-DC placed fifth, Aitkin seventh, Brainerd ninth, Staples-Motley 11th, PL/PR-B 15th and C-I 32nd.

Team scores: 1. Fergus Falls 180, 2. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 167.5, 3. Thief River Falls/Goodridge 166.5, 4. Hutchinson/Buffalo Lake-Hector 143.5, 5. Wadena-Deer Creek 136.5

6. Willmar 133, 7. Aitkin 128.5, 8. Crookston 124.5, 9. Brainerd 116.5, 10. Moorhead 102.5

11. Staples-Motley 100.5, t12. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Hibbing 96, 14. New York Mills 91.5, 15. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 88.5

16. Big Lake 87, 17. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 80.5, 18. Park Rapids Area 77, 19. West Central/Ashby 72.5

t20. Detroit Lakes and Morris /Hancock/Chokio-Alberta 71.5, t22. Mahnomen/Waubun and Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena/Indus 65, t24. Deer River and Robbinsdale Cooper 64.5

26. Barnesville 58, 27. United North Central 49.5, 28. Fosston/Bagley 47.5, 29. Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway 43.0

30. United Clay Becker 41, 31. Fertile-Beltrami 33, 32. Crosby-Ironton 32.5, 33. Virginia 27, 34. Roseau 25.5, 35. West Marshall 21, 36. Red Lake County Central 12.5

Area results

103: 5-Sam Waln (WDC), 7-Bryton Mutz (Brd) 3-3, 8-Colton LaPlante (Ait)

112: Tom Schlosser (Brd) 2-2

119: 2-Mitch Steffens (WDC), Dillon Solid (Brd) 0-2

125: Dan Babineau (Brd) 2-2

130: 2-Brian Wold (Ait), 3-Jordan Heldman (SM), Matt Solid (Brd) 2-2

 135: 2-Hayden Zillmer (C-I), 5-Luke Boran (Brd) 4-2, 7-Jordan Rentz (WDC) 

140: 7-Shane White (Brd) 3-3

145: 1-Jordan Chouanard (Ait), 2-Mack Glasby (Brd) 4-1, 8-Jacob Wegscheid (WDC)

152: 2-Peter Harrison (PLPRB), 4-Dalton Stevens (Ait), Jessen Franzen (Brd) 2-1

160: 4-Darian Rubner (PLPRB), 5-Brent Lisson (S)M, 8-Kevin Handt (Ait), Jace Engelmann 0-2

171: 2-Christian Harrison (PLPRB), 4-Tyler Kohlmeier (Brd) 4-2, 6-Blake Petrich (SM)

189: 3-Chandler Trout (SM), 7-Isaac Lustilla (WDC), Zach Shepersky (Brd) 1-2

215: 5-Tony Reurink (WDC), Sam Adams (Brd) 1-2

Hwt: 5-Dylan Anderson (WDC), 6-David DeYonge (SM), James Weiss (Brd) 1-2

Next: St. Cloud Tech at Brainerd 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.