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Tiger wrestlers win a pair at Monticello

Another ranked team handed 11th-rated Farmington its lone dual loss Saturday at the Monticello Invitational.

After defeating Minneapolis Roosevelt 71-0, the Tigers were handed a 48-23 setback by ninth-ranked (Class 3A) Willmar in their second pool play dual. Willmar scored bonus points in seven of its nine match victories.

“You can’t give up big bonus points against good teams and expect to compete,” Farmington coach Chad Olson said. “That being said, we were without a few starters due to injury and illness, so it was a great weekend to get other wrestlers some varsity experience.”

Victor Gliva, Jamin LeDuc, Taylor Venz, Matt Rustad and Joe Hoeve all secured wins against Willmar.

The Tigers closed out the meet by defeating host Monticello, 41-27. Individual victories were earned by Gliva, LeDuc, Rustad, Hoeve, Skyler Raymond, Brayden Chapman, Jake Rudeen and Godfrey Mpetey.

Rustad’s win was the 60th of his career and Mpetey’s came against the state’s seventh-ranked heavyweight.

“We wrestled very well against Monticello, back to the way we are capable of,” Olson said.

Olson filled his lineup with varsity newcomers in the opener against Roosevelt. Freshmen Chris Erickson and Seth Marshall and sophomores Hayden Kendall and Marshall Heyda all earned their first career wins.

The Tigers face a busy schedule the next three days. Tonight they travel to Eagan for a triangular against the Wildcats and 12th-ranked Rosemount. On Friday they host a Senior Night dual against Faribault and on Saturday they travel to the Eastview Invitational where Olson expects there to be at least three state-ranked wrestlers in each weight class.

“Then we get 13 days off. That will be a much-needed break,” Olson said.