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Wrestling: Elmer goes 4-0 at Redwood Riot

Carl Elmer continued a strong start to his senior season with a perfect 4-0 day en route to the 145-pound championship at the 24-team Redwood River Riot last weekend in Redwood Falls.

The Tigers scored 58 points to finish 20th in the team standings.

Elmer, now 10-1, advanced through the 145-pound bracket with three pins, then overcame a 2-0 deficit in the finals by forcing his opponent into three stalling penalties in a 3-2 victory. It was the 90th win of Elmer's prep career.

"He could not keep up with Carl's pace," Farmington coach Chad Olson said. "This is two tournaments in a row that Carl has faced good competition and he has responded. He is really wrestling well."

Farmington's next highest finish came from eighth-grader Kyle Benjamin, who went 3-3 and placed sixth at 103 pounds in his varsity debut. Another eighth-grader, Brayden Chapman, won two out of three matches before withdrawing due to an injury.

Seniors Josh Iverson and Tyler Beckett both placed eighth at 135 and 171 pounds.

Freshman Joe Hoeve made it to Saturday's competition, but finished with a record of 1-2. Joe Liden, Jake Rudeen and Matt Rustad each finished 0-2.

"I was really happy with how we wrestled," Olson said. "For the third week in a row, the wrestlers improved."

The Tigers entered 26 wrestlers in the JV portion of the tournament and nine earned first-place finishes: Jamin LeDuc, Victor Gliva, Taylor Venz, Kelvin O'Brien, Jacob Gabbard, John Walz, Trevor Frost, Trevor Breezly and Tyler Engel. TheTigers got second-place showings from Joe Ciotti, Ridge Raddatz, Joe Rucci, Donnie Drewery and Godfrey Mpetey.