Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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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. Albert Lea and West Fargo (N.D) tied for the team championship with 166.5 points apiece. Returning state qualifier Taylor Venz led five Farmington wrestlers who made it to the second day of the varsity tournament. He ended up going 5-2 to place fourth at 106 pounds.
Farmington has outshot its opponents in both of its Missota Conference contests so far this season. But the advantage once again failed to yield a victory Friday night at Prairie Island Arena. Red Wing overcame a pair of one-goal deficits in the third period and forged a 3-3 tie. The Tigers (4-5-1) had 21 shots on goal to New Prague's 18 in their first league setback and they mounted a 34-24 edge against the Wingers. "We played well and we played hard," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We have lost or tied six times, and in four of those we outshot our opponent....
Mahtomedi (8-1) rallied from 10 down in the second half to defeat Farmington 62-57 Friday in the championship game of the Hastings Holiday Tournament. The Tigers (5-4)led 38-28 at the break, but didn't make a field goal over the first nine minutes of the second half. Zach Speikers led Farmington with 13 points. Darren Beenken added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Eli Rockett snagged 11 rebounds. The Tigers are back in action on the road tonight at Section 1 rival Owatonna.
meet against the Minneapolis South Tigers last Thursday at the Dodge Middle School pool. The host Tigers clinched the 99-58 win and sent the meet into exhibition scoring for the final four events by finishing first in the first eight events and coming in 1-2-3 in five of them. The foursome of Oliver Chow, Nick Stephan, Brandon Dion and Evan Carufel opened the meet by placing first in the 200 medley relay. Aaron Cochnauer, Cameron Molnar and Dan Berg followed with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 freestyle and Austin Kueck, Stephan and Garrett Haugen then went 1-2-3 in the 200 IM.
For the second straight year the Farmington girls basketball team got in the win column for the first time at its holiday tournament. The Tigers fell to 0-10 to start the season after losing to Watertown-Mayer in the opening round last Thursday at the Monticello Tournament, but ended up claiming the consolation championship with back-to-back wins over Princeton and Becker.
For the second straight year Farmington came away with three straight losses at its own Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic. The Tigers continued to struggle on the offensive end as their losing streak stretched to eight games. They outshot eighth-ranked (Class 1A) Mound-Westonka 49-25, but came away with a 5-1 loss in Thursday's first-round game at Schmitz-Maki Arena. In Friday's consolation bracket game, the team came up empty on all 22 of its shots and was shut out for the fourth time this season in a 1-0 loss to Apple Valley.
The Farmington girls hockey team's slide continued last week against a pair of state-ranked teams. The Tigers lost 6-1 to second-ranked (Class 2A) Red Wing Dec. 18 at Schimtz-Maki Arena. Their losing skid reached five games after a 5-0 shutout at the hands of ninth-rated (Class 1A) New Prague Dec. 20 at the New Prague Community Center. The Tigers have been shut out three times during a nine-game winless streak that dates back to their lone win of the season Nov. 15 at Rochester Mayo. Goaltender Maddie Bowe had 29 saves in the loss to New Prague.
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. The team opened by registering five pins and three forfeits in a convincing 48-21 win over host Richfield. Jamin LeDuc, Joe Liden, Jake Rudeen, Chris McCue and Godfrey Mpetey all won by fall.
Coming home with a victory isn't typically in the cards for any of the Missota Conference gymnastics teams when they make their annual trip to Northfield. Instead, Farmington made it their goal to relax and have fun. The strategy seemed to pay off as the Tigers turned in their best team score of the young season in a 142.35-131.90 loss to the perennial state contenders. "We're on our way back. The girls are really pulling themselves together. Fun, fun, fun, that's what it's all about. We need to keep it fun," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said.
The Farmington girls basketball team will take an 0-9 record into its holiday tournament for the second straight year, but head coach Sondra Chadwick thinks her team may have some momentum to build on heading into the Dec. 27 game against Watertown-Mayer at the Monticello Tournament. That's because her Tigers responded to a 13-point loss to Rochester Century she described as "flat and uninspired" by hanging with a bigger, more experienced Lakeville South team in a 60-51 setback last Thursday at Tiger Gym.