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Wrestling: Tigers 3rd at Koda Classic

Farmington’s defending state champion Taylor Venz scores one of his four wins during Saturday’s Koda Classic. The Tigers finished third with a 3-1 record.

The 11th-ranked Farmington wresting team won three out of four matches Saturday to earn third place at its own Koda Classic.

The Tigers just missed a shot at going 4-0, falling 33-31 to Lakeville North in pool play. They followed that up with a 47-21 handling of Milaca in the third-place dual.

“Overall it was a good day of wrestling,” Farmington coach Chad Olson said. “We wrestled well in our three wins, but got out-wrestled by Lakeville North.”

Defending state champion Taylor Venz, ranked fourth in the state, led four undefeated Farmington wrestlers with a 4-0 day that included three technical falls. Victor Gliva had a 3-0 day at 106 pounds, scoring a tech fall and a pair of pins, and Brian Caravantes and Brayden Chapman each went 3-0, as well.

The Tigers opened the day by winning 10 of 14 matches, earning bonus points in all 10, in a 59-15 win over Northfield. They then won the first eight matches and built a 41-0 lead while defeating Paynesville, 53-21.

Against North, the Tigers led 22-8 before dropping five of the final seven matches.

In the third-place match, the Tigers once again won the first eight matches to take a commanding 38-0 lead. Gliva, Skyler Raymond, fourth-ranked Jamin LeDuc and Caravantes all provided pins during the run.

The Tigers compete in another tournament Saturday in Monticello.

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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