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Wrestling: Tigers tame Ponies, Wildcats

Matt Rustad wrestles to a pin at 126 pounds during the Tigers' 50-25 win over Stillwater last Thursday at Farmington High School. The Tigers also defeated Eagan to sweep the triangular.

Eagan won by criteria after finishing in a 33-33 deadlock with Stillwater in the opening match of last Thursday's triangular at Farmington High School.

The host Tigers made sure the next two matches weren't near as close. Farmington wrestlers won the first five weights in a 50-25 win over Stillwater, and then claimed seven of the first nine in a 47-19 decision over Eagan in the finale.

After two forfeits went to the home team, Jacob Gabbard set the tone with a 13-3 major decision against Stillwater. Matt Rustad followed with a quick pin at 126 pounds and Brayden Chapman scored a 12-0 major decision at 132 pounds.

Pins punctuated the rest of the dual as John Walz, Joe Hoeve, Chris McCue and Jamie Scavone all won by fall. Walz, Hoeve, McCue and Rustad all capped off 2-0 days with pins in the second dual against Eagan.

Santana Perdomo added a pin at 152 pounds, Taylor Venz scored a technical fall and Jamin LeDuc opened the dual with a 4-0 decision at 106 pounds.

The Tigers continued their schedule by sending a depleted lineup of five varsity regulars and three JV grapplers to the Tri-County Invite Saturday. Injuries, illness and match-count issues kept several wrestlers out of the meet.

The Tigers finished ninth out of 10 teams with 75 points, but seven of the eight wrestlers placed and all eight won at least one match.

Chapman won two out of three matches and placed second at 132 pounds. He won by pin and decision before falling 9-0 in the finals. Chapman is now 14-8 after starting the season losing five out of his first eight.

Walz and McCue each placed fourth in their weight class and Tyler Erickson was sixth at 113 pounds after a first-round pin in his first career varsity action.

Logan Haakana went 3-2 at 170 pounds and Walz and McCue each won a pair of matches.

The Tigers compete again tonight in a Missota Conference triangular against Northfield and New Prague at Northfield High School.

In the rankings

Venz, the Tigers' lone returning state qualifier, is still second in the state in's latest rankings, released Jan. 11. He has a record of 21-2.

Joe Hoeve is ranked 10th at 160 pounds.