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Wrestling: Adrian, Albano win Eastview invite titles

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Wrestling: Adrian, Albano win Eastview invite titles
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Farmington's Eric Adrian and Nick Albano each beat ranked wrestlers en route to winning individual titles at Saturday's Eastview Invitational.

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Adrian, now 15-2 this season, made his way to the 160-pound championship with an opening pin and a 5-3 decision in the semifinals. He finished off a 3-0 day with a 9-4 decision over Eastview's Nels Peterson, who qualified for state last year and is currently ranked fifth at 160 pounds.

"We really like the dominating style of wrestling that we are seeing from Eric right now," coach Jon Lund said.

Albano advanced through the 215-pound bracket with a pair of pins. The second came against Maple Grove's Joseph Borchardt, a state runner-up last year at 215 pounds. Albano, now 14-2, was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.

The Tigers entered wrestlers in just eight of the weight classes and finished eighth out of 12 teams with 84 points. Eastview beat runner-up Scott West 206.5-152.5 for the team title.

The only other Farmington wrestler to reach the finals was Carl Elmer, who ended up second at 140 pounds. Elmer scored victories with a pin and a 10-0 major decision before falling 3-1 in the finals.

Seth Franklin added a fifth-place finish and Josh Iverson placed sixth for the Tigers.

The team warmed up for Saturday's invite with a 42-25 home dual loss to Hutchinson.

Each team won six of the wrestled matches, but the visiting Tigers scored 18 bonus points and claimed one forfeited weight.

Adrian and Albano each won their matches by pin, Franklin scored a major decision at 125 pounds and Elmer and Will Pauling each won by decision. Joe Hoeve chipped in an overtime victory at 152 pounds.

The Tigers are back home tonight for a 7 p.m. conference dual meet against Prior Lake. On Saturday they head north for the South St. Paul Invite.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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