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Wrestling: Tigers tackle busy schedule

Farmington’s Skyler Raymond earns a major decision at 113 pounds during last Thursday’s 52-15 dual win over Faribault. The Tigers had three meets in three days last week.

The Farmington wrestling team is welcoming its current 12-day layoff after competing in a dual meet, a triangular and an individual tournament in a three-day span at the end of last week.

The busy schedule forced the Tigers to sit some of their top wrestlers due to match count on Saturday and the team still placed eighth out of 12 teams with 76 points at the Eastview Invitational. The previous night they rolled past Faribault 52-15 in a home dual and last Thursday the Tigers swept a triangular from South Suburban Conference teams Eagan (35-27) and ninth-ranked Rosemount (31-29).

Jamin LeDuc capped off an undefeated week at 113 pounds by capturing the team’s lone individual title at Eastview. LeDuc scored a fall and a major decision before defeating Rosemount’s seventh-ranked Jake Baker 6-0 in the finals, improving his record to 26-2 with his 60th career win.

Victor Gliva was Farmington’s next highest finisher, placing third with a 3-1 day at 106 pounds. Gliva defeated a returning state qualifier from Wayzata twice before falling to Shakopee’s No. 1-ranked wrestler. He now has a record of 19-9.

Joe Liden turned in what coach Chad Olson called “the best meet of his career” while placing fourth with 3-2 record at 152 pounds and Brayden Chapman, Mason Hawkins and Godfrey Mpetey each earned 3-2 records and scored fifth-place finishes.

A night earlier, the Tigers won the first eight matches and built a 36-0 lead against a Faribault team that lost 10 seniors from a season ago. The highlight of the dual came at 132 where Taylor Venz scored a 4-1 decision for the 100th win of his career. The sophomore is on course to break coach Olson’s school-record career total of 154 wins.

The Tigers won eight matches in each dual as they upped their record to 10-7 with Thursday night’s sweep in Eagan.

LeDuc, Venz, Matt Rustad, Jake Rudeen, Joe Hoeve and Brayden Chapman each went 2-0. Liden and Godfrey Mpetey added wins against Eagan and Eric Heusbourg and John Walz provided crucial victories against Rosemount.

Walz provided a clutch pin at 170 in his first match of the season. Another Tiger highlight came at 132 where Rustad defeated Rosemount’s fourth-ranked Adam Hedin, 8-4.

“Eagan wrestled us very tough and our guys responded with great effort and energy. Against Rosemount we won two out of three toss-up matches and three out of the last five, so it was not a typical dual for us,” Olson said. “We did not get out to our big lead like normal, but we had some great wins up top to seal it for us.”