Wrestling: Tigers pinned by North
Lakeville North pinned its way past Farmington in the second round of the Section 2AAA team tournament last Thursday night at Lakeville North.
The third-seeded Panthers won eight of 14 matches and seven came via fall in a 46-25 win over the sixth-seeded Tigers.
"You can not compete against good teams when you give up bonus points," Farmington coach Chad Olson said.
The Tigers, who fell to the Panthers 31-29 during a regular season dual, jumped out to a 19-4 lead in the rematch thanks to a string of victories in the lower weights that was capped off by a 1-0 decision by Brayden Chapman at 138 pounds. North won the next two matches by fall to close within 19-16, but Joe Hoeve kept the visitors in front for the time being with a pin at 160 pounds.
Trailing 25-16, the Panthers closed out the match with five straight pins.
Hoeve, Chapman, Jamin LeDuc, Taylor Venz and Kyle Benjamin each added victories in a 57-21 opening-round rout of 11th-seeded Chaska and went 2-0 on the day. The Tigers were helped by seven Chaska forfeits.
The team now advances to the Section 2AAA individual tournament tomorrow and Saturday in Shakopee. The winners advance to the Class 3A state tournament at Xcel Energy Center. Venz is the team's only returning state qualifier, but some of his teammates have goals of joining him this year.
"Each wrestler has shared their goals and expectations with their coach," Olson said. "We are working to make sure they reach them."