Wrestling: Experienced Titans pin young Polars 

The North Polars ventured into enemy territory at Tartan for a Classic Suburban Conference wrestling match Jan. 15 and saw the Tartan grapplers dominate their efforts in a 72-0 blitz.

“We met our expectations,” offered Tartan head coach Dan Recchio. “This win gives us second place in the conference behind, who else, Simley. We expected this outcome.”

The Titans have their eyes on their next goal, Recchio explained.

“Our objective now is to win the sections and go to the state as a team. Right now I like our chances.”

The Section 4AAA competitions will be held at Woodbury Feb. 15.

Coach Recchio figured there will be four teams, Tartan, White Bear Lake, Woodbury and Stillwater who will be fighting it out for the title and the right to represent Section 4AAA at the state tournament, Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Xcel Energy Center.

North head coach Denver Moeller was not disappointed with the outcome—mainly because he has an even longer view than Recchio.

“We were handed a convincing defeat, but you have to realized they are a senior team who have five guys wresting tonight who went to State last year,” Moeller said. “We don’t have a senior and we have several middle school kids who are working very hard.”

“I’m very proud of the effort these kids are putting in,” Moeller added. “Everyone on the team is a good kid who are doing well in school and doing their best on the mat. I’m excited for the future. These are great kids.”

In the match the Titans were able to produce eight falls, with each worth six points. They also complied six points each for each of three forfeits.

In the opening match at 106 pounds, Lucas Froemel gained a fall over Noah Hurley. .

At 113, Nathon Alvarado won by forfeit. At 120, Tartan’s Andrew Johnson was able to gain a 10-3 decision over Josh Hurley.

Perhaps the best match of the night was between was at 126 pounds, where Kyle Taylor came on hard in the third period to gain a narrow 9-8 decision over the Polars’ Greg Bierer.

At 132, Robby Olson posted a fall over North’s Irving Sereno. At 138, Joe Gilson won by a fall over Nick Malakosky.

At 145, Peyton Floyd defeated Gene Hogate with a fall. At 152, Tartan’s Justin Burg won by a fall over Aaron Bealaka. At 160, Dion Wallisch of Tartan won by a fall over Christian Thaoxaochay. At 170, the Titans’ Nick Garcia won by a fall over Damian Yang.

In the 182 bout, Eli McGeehan won by a fall over Alex Nelson. The Titans’ TJ Ohara won by forfeit and at 220, Jake Paulson also added six points to the Tartan total by forfeit. The heavyweight match closed out the Tartan sweep when Jason Telin won by a fall over Alex Avalos.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com.


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