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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Farmington's Eric Adrian and Nick Albano each beat ranked wrestlers en route to winning individual titles at Saturday's Eastview Invitational. Adrian, now 15-2 this season, made his way to the 160-pound championship with an opening pin and a 5-3 decision in the semifinals. He finished off a 3-0 day with a 9-4 decision over Eastview's Nels Peterson, who qualified for state last year and is currently ranked fifth at 160 pounds. "We really like the dominating style of wrestling that we are seeing from Eric right now," coach Jon Lund said.
The Missota Conference hasn't been kind to the Farmington boys hockey team so far this season. The Tigers, winners of 11 games a year ago, were standing at 7-2-1 and riding a six-game winning streak after three lopsided wins at the Waseca Tournament in late December. The team opened league play with a 13-1 loss to fifth-ranked Holy Angels on Jan. 5 and hasn't won since, dropping six straight games.
Farmington's gymnastics team danced to "Bad" as part of what turned out to be a very good performance at Saturday's Michael Jackson-themed Farmington Invite. The Tigers won the dance-off competition backed by the 1987 Jackson hit and topped the field at their own four-team meet with a score of 140.7, their second score over 140 this season. They also avenged an early-season loss to Austin, which finished second with a 135.85. "The girls were well-rested and ready to perform," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said.
Forfeited matches at 171 and 189 pounds once again cost the Farmington wrestling team a team victory Friday night in Shakopee, but coach Jon Lund continued to be pleased with the effort put forth by both his veteran and first-year grapplers. Farmington won seven of the 12 matches wrestled in a 39-31 Missota Conference setback. "We were once again very close to coming away with a dual win even with forfeiting two weight classes.... I was especially proud of our pace in many of the matches. We had dominating performances in five of our seven wins where we broke our opponents," Lund said.
Farmington hasn't managed a win in four Missota Conference games dating back to a 13-1 drubbing by fifth-ranked Holy Angels 16 days ago. But the team did find a bit of a spark Thursday night at Prairie Island Arena in Red Wing, where it held a third-period lead before falling to Red Wing, 4-3. The Wingers were 8-1 winners in last year's matchup. "After Holy Angels we lost our game. We seemed to find it in Red Wing," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "Who knew?
Farmington won just two of 12 events, but swam to numerous season-best times in Thursday's 97-86 Missota Conference dual loss to Northfield at Dodge Middle School. "We still had a very uplifting meet with our veterans dropping some great time," coach Ryan Hamen said. Junior Tyler Magalis was part of both first-place finishes. He dominated the 1-meter dive competition with a score of 225.4 and also swam a leg of the winning 200 medley relay Magalis joined Brian Huls, Loren Hatten and Zach Holton for a time of 1:45.99 in the meet-opening 200 medley relay.
The Farmington girls basketball team rebounded from a sloppy loss to 10th-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing by rolling past Winona in an equally lopsided fashion on Saturday. The Tigers, who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end as they scored nine first-half points in Thursday's 59-36 home loss to the Wingers, held the Winhawks to just three field goals and 11 points before the break in Saturday's 55-34 road win in Winona. Farmington scored just 16 points of its own in the first half after the long bus ride south, but the offense heated up in the second half and produced 39 points.
Farmington has been at a size disadvantage in just about every game it has played this year. That was once again the case Saturday night in Chaska. The 10th-ranked Hawks got 23 points apiece from 6-foot-7 juniors Ross Travis and Jake White and turned a commanding 53-32 halftime advantage into a 92-71 non-conference win, their sixth win in a row. Next season the teams will square off twice as Chaska is set to join the Missota Conference starting in the fall. "(It was) not just their size, but their skill," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said.
The Wingers had a simple game plan heading into Friday night's Missota conference road contest with Farmington -- stop the line featuring Krystal Baumann. For two periods, Red Wing did just that, but Baumann had two goals and one assist in the third period as Farmington handed Red Wing its third consecutive loss, 4-1. With the win, the Tigers extended their winning streak to four games and took over sole possession of first place in the Missota Conference at 7-1. Red Wing took a 1-0 lead after one period of play on a Lydia Wagner goal at 4:00 with an assist going to Annie Gorman.
Diver Tyler Magalis broke 400 points for the first time and with his first-place finish was Farmington's top performer at Saturday's South St. Paul Packer Invitational. Magalis earned a cumulative score of 402.15 in his dives, besting the next closest diver in the field of 12 competitors by over 80 points. As a team, the Tigers finished fifth out of 11 teams with 133 points. Eau Claire won the meet handily, 379.5-178 over runner-up Hastings. St. Louis Park and River Falls finished ahead of Farmington and teams from Grand Rapids, Benilde St. Margaret's, Apollo, South St. Paul, St.