Wrestling: Elmer wins 100th match vs. ShakopeeThe performance of Carl Elmer was once again a bright spot during last Thursday’s 60-14 dual loss to Shakopee at Tiger Gym. Elmer, ranked sixth in the state in Class 3A, won by fall at 140 pounds to become the 11th Farmington wrestler to reach 100 career victories.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
The performance of Carl Elmer was once again a bright spot during last Thursday’s 60-14 dual loss to Shakopee at Tiger Gym.
Elmer, ranked sixth in the state in Class 3A, won by fall at 140 pounds to become the 11th Farmington wrestler to reach 100 career victories.
“It is a great accomplishment,” Farmington coach Chad Olson said. “I know Carl was excited to reach 100 wins and also relieved to have it over. He can now focus on the remainder of his senior year.”
Other Farmington victories came from Kyle Benjamin, who won a 2-0 decision at 103 pounds, and Joe Hoeve, who earned a tech fall at 145 pounds.
Joe Liden lost a 5-1 decision at 119 pounds and Tyler Beckett fell 3-1 at 160 pounds. Farmington lost its other nine matches on seven pins and two forefeits at 215 pounds and heavyweight.
“The score doesn’t reflect how close some of the matches in the dual actually were,” Olson said. “We had a great week of practice and carried it out in the dual (vs. Shakopee).”
With several starters competing at the ninth grade State Team Duals in Hastings, the Tigers finished 10th out of 11 teams at Saturday’s Eastview Tournament.
Elmer was one of just seven Tigers competing in the varsity tournament and finished second at 140 pounds. He opened with a pin, then won his semifinal match by a 4-0 decision before falling 8-6 to third-ranked (Class 2A) Jake Siegle of Scott West in the final.
“Carl wrestled very well in the finals and had a great shot to win in OT,” Olson said. “Carl has wrestled some very good wrestlers this season and all the experience will help come tourney time.”
The Tigers compete again tomorrow in a double dual at New Prague High School.