ROYALTON — The No. 2 Aitkin Gobblers won comfortably over no. 7 Mille Lacs, but were involved in tight meets with No. 3 Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena and No. 1 Royalton-Upsala at the Section 7-1A tournament Saturday, Feb 15.
Marshall Larson notched three wins by pin and Nathan Trotter tallied three wins as the Gobblers finished 2-1 for the day. They defeated Mille Lacs 60-15 and Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena 36-34 to advance to the championship against Royalton-Upsala.
In the championship the Gobblers broke out to a 9-0 lead with wins by Trotter and Larson. Aitkin won four of the first five matches, including wins from Nathan Rom and Walker Jones to lead 21-3. They would get just two more wins the rest of the meet from Jacob Williams and Tyler Decent.
Royalton won seven of the last nine matches to claim the section championship and a trip to the state tournament.
Aitkin 60, Mille Lacs 15
106: Nathan Trotter (A) dec. Zach Remer 6-3 3 wins
113: Marshall Larson (A) pinned Cam Wilkes 2:21 3 pins
120: Carson Kullhem (A) pinned Landon Remer :35
126: Nathan Rom (A) pinned Bailey Geist 2:30
132: Walker Jones (A) pinned Jason Anderson :34
138: Jack Grell (A) pinned Tucker Strecker 1:09
145: Jacob Williams (A) dec. Daniel Miller 8-4
152: Bradley Bernu (ML) pinned Daniel Decent 1:31
160: Ethan Benson (ML) dec. Tyler Decent 10-8
170: Zachary Leitinger (A) wins by forfeit
182: Hunter Hills (A) pinned Warren Minenko :16
195: Craig Ashton (A) pinned Jakob Wind 1:52
220: Nathan Stifter (A) pinned Joe Bistodeau 1:10
285: Joshua Golombowski (ML) pinned Sam Ostrode 2:50
Aitkin 36, Blackduck-Cass Lake Bena 34
106: Nathan Trotter (A) pinned Draiden Clarin 2:55
113: Marshall Larson (A) pinned Eli Sharbono 5:21
120: Carson Kullhem (A) pinned Shayne Swedberg 1:45
126: Trevor Janssen (B) dec. Nathan Rom 9-8
132: Christian Pater (B) pinned Walker Jones 3:32
138: Landon Gross (B) dec. Jack Frell 10-8
145: Trenten Juelson (B) pinned Jacob Williams 2:59
152: Tyler Decent (A) pinned Jeremiah Moose 3:04
160: Tyler Spolarich (A) dec. Gavyn Dickinson 13-9
170: Hunter Hills (A) pinned Gage Dunn 2:00
182: Mason Smid (B) pinned Zachary Leitinger 1:43
195: Colter Humphrey (B) maj. dec. Craig Ashton 15-3
220: Nathan Stifter (A) dec. Tyreese Goodman 4-3
285: Billy Roberts (B) pinned Sam Ostrode :30
Royalton-Upsala 39, Aitkin 27
106: Nathan Trotter (A) dec. Michael Zimmerman 5-3
113: Marshall Larson (A) pinned Johnathon Bzdok 2:56
120: Will Gorecki (RU) TB-1 Carson Kullhem 5-4
126: Nathan Rom (A) pinned Bryce Binek 1:07
132: Walker Jones (A) pinned Logan Nundahl :43
138: Jacob Leibold (RU) pinned Jack Grell 3:06
145: Jacob Williams (A) dec. Hunter Novitzki 8-4
152: Brayden Conrad (RU) pinned Daniel Decent 1:17
160: Tyler Decent (A) dec. Christopher Borash 11-6
170: Aidan Olson (RU) dec. Hunter Hills 6-5
182: Austin Wensmann (RU) dec. Zachary Leitinger 5-2
195: Matthew Kasella (RU) pinned Jacob Espeseth :39
220: Gage Louden (RU) pinned Craig Ashton 4:57
285: Mason Novitzki (RU pinned Nathan Stifter :19
Overall: A 15-9.
Rangers end season with a split at section tournament
ROYALTON — No. 8 Crosby-Ironton’s Kyle Blazek and Michael Fitzpatrick earned two wins by pin and John Paul Fitzpatrick and Jake Klancher picked up two wins as Crosby-Ironton competed at the Section 7-1A tournament Saturday, Feb 15.
The Rangers defeated No. 9 Ogilvie 42-33 in the play-in round but lost to No. 1 seed Royalton in the quarterfinals 53-22. That ended Crosby-Ironton’s team season with an overall record of 10-13.