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Wrestling roundup: Middleweight duo pushes Willmar Cardinals to 2nd at Hutch Invite

Jan. 21—HUTCHINSON — Paced by a pair of first-place finishes at 145 and 152 pounds, the Willmar wrestling team finished second at the Hutch Invite on Saturday.

The Cardinals finished with 168 points. Marshall claimed the team championship with 202.5.

Conlan Carlson and Sully Anez each finished atop their respective brackets for Willmar.

Competing at 145, Carlson went 3-0 and pinned Bradyn Penard of Amery, Wisconsin in 1 minute, 3 seconds in the championship match. Anez went 3-0 at 152, including a 16-0 tech fall in the championship against Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran's Jack Entinger.

Cavin Carlson (133) and Steven Cruze (172) both finished second in their respective brackets. Ivan Mares (127), Cameren Champagne (160) and Finley Donelan (285) each placed third.

The Cardinals head to Sauk Rapids at 5 p.m. Thursday for a Central Lakes Conference triangular against the Storm and Alexandria.

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's Trey Gunderson won the 133-pound championship at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Invite at Howard Lake.

Gunderson finished 3-0 and beat Mound-Westonka's Cole Munsterteiger in a 13-5 major decision in the first-place match. Jett Olson added a second-place finish for the Fighting Saints at 160.

KMS finished sixth in the 13-team tournament with 102 points. Mounds View won with 229.5, followed by HLWW with 116 and Annandale/Maple Lake with 115.

BOLD placed 10th with 32.5. Austin Kiecker had the Warriors' top finish, placing second at 152.

Benson finished tied for second with Tri-City United at the Wabasso Invitational.

The Braves finished with 142.5 points. St. James was the team champion with 164.5.

Benson's Darin Hippe won the 139-pound championship. He went 3-0 and beat St. James' Kollin Anderson in the championship by a 10-5 decision. Ed Wah (107), Gavin Olson (114), Tate Kobbermann (121) and Johnny Kobberman (285) each placed second for the Braves.

Quad County — a co-op of MACCRAY, Renville County West and Yellow Medicine East — finished 11th with 56 points. Jasen Jansen (215) and Jacob Savig (189) each placed second for the Cobras.

Miles Wildman and Chase Smith led Minnewaska to a fourth-place finish at the Prowler Invite at Thief River Falls.

The Lakers scored 112.5 points. Thief River Falls won its home invitational with 163.5.

Wildman was the 114-pound champion, beating Badger/Greenbush-Middle River's Keegan VonEnde by fall at 4 minutes, 54 seconds in the championship match. Smith was the 127 champion after winning a 3-2 decision against United North Central's Aaron Lake in the finals.

BOLD's Ava Kiecker and Ava Hammerschmidt competed at the Pine Island Girls Classic.

A total of 299 athletes from 47 teams competed in the tournament.

Kiecker went 2-2 while competing in the 112A-pound bracket. She won by fall against Chatfield's Maizee Priebe and by decision against Mille Lacs' Trinity Smaker. Hammerschmidt finished 1-2 for 11th place in the 124B bracket. She won an overtime decision over Hastings' Maya Campbell in the 11th-place match.