Farmington wrestling goes 2-3 in February
The Farmington Tigers wrestling team is looking to head into sections with momentum, health and a full lineup. The Tigers have gone 2-3 during the month of February with tough losses to Northfield, Faribault and Owatonna while handling Burnsville easily and then holding off Lakeville South for a win to end their regular season.
Farmington has battled injury, illness and a depleted squad in general for much of the season.
Faribault and Northfield
Farmington faced off against Faribault and Northfield in back-to-back duals while missing several starters. The Tigers lost to the Falcons 54-18 while getting wins from junior Trayton Anderson (pin fall) at 126 pounds, and major decisions from sophomore Luke Peterson at 132, freshman Zac Janz at 152, and sophomore Mac Kukowski (182).
Northfield beat the Tigers, 56-17, with the highlight being Anderson defeating Drew Woodley 7-1 at 126 pounds. Woodley is ranked fifth in class 3A at 120. Peterson won by fall at 132, freshman Austin Hamel won by decision at 138 and Kukowski by tech fall at 182.
Head coach Henry Gerten said that his team has its strengths and now needs to address its weaknesses.
"I feel like our team continues to compete at a very high level in the lower weights," he said. "We need to continue to work on the process and correct our mistakes with the guys in the upper weights. We look forward to getting some of the injured guys back very soon including Noah Kendall at 113 pounds, Luke Weierke at 160 pounds and Will Buffington at 170 pounds."
Owatonna and Burnsville
The Tigers lost to Owatonna and beat Burnsville on February 2. They fell to Owatonna 45-20 with wins from Martin Stewart by decision (113 pounds), Anderson by major decision (126),
Peterson by decision (132), Hamel by major decision (138), junior Nate Engel by decision (145) and Janz by decision (152).
Against Burnsville, Farmington won 10 out of 14 matches. Freshman Gavin Anderson won by pin fall (106), Stewart won by tech fall (113), eighth-grader Aiden Han-Lindemyer won by major decision (120), T. Anderson by pin fall (126), Peterson by pin fall (132), Engel by pin fall (145), Janz by pin fall (152), sophomore Seth Goodreau by pin fall (170), sophomore Trevor Olson by pin fall (182) and Kukowski by pin fall (195).
The dual against Lakeville South was a classic case of 'get out to a big lead and don't give it up'. Farmington burst out to a 31-0 lead through the first six matches. Gavin Anderson won by decision at 106, Stewart received a forfeit at 113, Han-Lindemyer won by pin at 120, T. Anderson won by major decision at 126, Peterson won by pin fall at 132,and Hamel won by pin fall a 138. From then on, Lakeville South won seven of the last eight matches and had their victory spoiled by Olson, who was illegally head-butted and awarded the match when he could not continue wrestling. The Tigers won 37-32.
Farmington gets a rematch with Northfield in the first round of team sections on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Northfield.