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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.