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 saw early leads slip away in both of its team losses during a seventh-place finish at the Koda Classic Saturday at Tiger Gym. The hosts opened their first-round dual with ninth-ranked Lakeville North by winning the first five matches, only to lose seven of the final nine in a 31-29 setback.
Farmington's Christopher Kirchmann shined against some tough competition Saturday at the Maroon and Gold Invitational. The senior won the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.26 seconds, placed second in the 50 freestyle in 22.68 and anchored two top-eight relays for the Tigers, who finished eighth out of 11 teams with 257 points. Lakeville South outscored Wayzata 522 ½-492 for the team title. "It is always fun to swim with similar and faster teams. This meet is a good picture of how many teams in the state of Minnesota are doing," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said.
Rosemount's season-best performance on the balance beam accounted for most of its margin of victory in a 139.9-133 non-conference win over Farmington in a holiday break meeting Friday night in Rosemount. The Irish led by less than a point after the vault and the uneven bars before outscoring the Tigers 36-31.4 on the beam. Shannon McCoy led three Irish over 9.0 for the first time this season with a score of 9.6, Abby Nelson scored a 9.5 and Josey Schlie earned a 9.1. "That was the difference in the meet," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said.
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.