Taylor Venz has been dreaming about winning a state championship for the last three years.
At least, he’s been trying to. That’s why he wrote “state champion” on his pillow case with a Sharpie. He wanted that goal to be the last thing he saw every night before he went to bed.
The Farmington wrestling team’s lone state qualifier a year ago, Taylor Venz will be joined by three fellow Tigers who advanced through Saturday’s Section 2AAA finals in Shakopee. Freshman Jamin LeDuc, sophomore Kyle Benjamin and junior Joe Hoeve all placed second at the section meet and will compete in their first career state meets when matches begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow in St. Paul.
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.
The Farmington wrestling team split a pair of matches in its final tune-up for the Section 2AAA team tournament last Friday in Zimmerman.
The Tigers defeated host Zimmerman 62-12 and lost to 11th-ranked Anoka, 41-19.
The Farmington wrestling team competed in back-to-back triangulars last week and both played out in similar fashion.
On Thursday night, the Tigers opened their home meet with a 32-25 victory over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville-Waldorf/Pemberton.
With several team members fighting illness, Farmington sent just seven wrestlers to compete in the Eastview Invite Saturday in Apple Valley.
Second-ranked 106-pounder Taylor Venz captured the Tigers’ lone individual title, upping his record to 26-1 with a perfect 3-0 day.
The Farmington wrestling team made its mark at the largest prep tournament in the nation last weekend.
The Tigers moved up 25 spots from a year ago to place 27th out of 65 varsity teams with 69 points at the Rumble on the Red at the Fargo Dome in Fargo.
The Farmington wrestling team earned a win, a virtual tie and a loss the Dec. 18 Richfield Quadrangular.
The Tigers officially came away with a record of 1-2 after Chaska/Chanhassen won the third tiebreaker – most pins, 4-2 – in a match that ended with the score tied at 33-33.
Two more closely-contested duals slipped out of Farmington’s grasp in last Thursday’s home triangular at the FHS auxiliary gym.
The Tigers lost to ninth-ranked (Class 2A) Monticello 36-33 on a pin in the heavyweight match, and then suffered two falls and an overtime decision in the three final three matches of a 42-31 setback against Eastview.
A pair of ranked teams handed Farmington dual setbacks at Saturday’s Prior Lake Tournament.
The Tigers opened with a 54-15 loss to No. 1-ranked (Class 2A) Simley, and then fell 39-15 to fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Prior Lake before closing out the day with a 42-30 win over Tri-County.
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