Badgers finish 13th overall in annual wrestling extravaganza
Despite a major winter storm system wreaking havoc, the annual Redwood River Riot Wrestling Tournament went on as planned Friday and Saturday in Redwood Falls.
A strong Litchfield team held off Worthington (201.5-175) to capture the team title in the 20-team event (there was originally over 30 teams scheduled to compete).
The host Redwood-River Valley Badgers were 13th overall with 69.5 points.
Sophomore Omar Arredondo led the way for the Badgers individually with a fifth place finish in the tough 126 pound weight class.
He opened with 5-0 and 6-5 decisions to reach the quarterfinals where he would fall 4-0 to state-ranked Zach Ringnell of Fairmont/MCW. In the wrestlebacks he lost 6-3 but would win by fall in the fifth place match.
Sophomore Tayte Harazin finished in sixth place at 132 pounds.
He opened with two straight wins, one by fall and the other a 9-6 decision to reach the quarterfinals. There he would fall 5-2 to eventual runner-up Payton Anderson of Fairmont/MCW.
He then dropped two straight in the wrestlebacks, a 2-0 decision and a 9-4 decision in the fifth place match.
James Ploeger went 2-3 on the way to a sixth place finish at 160 pounds. He lost his opening round match by fall but answered back with two straight pins.
He would drop his final two bouts by 12-3 major decision and by fall in the fifth place match.
Freshman Kaleb Haase earned an eighth place finish at 195 pounds, going 2-3 overall. He won two matches by fall and lost three in the same fashion, including the seventh place match.
Owen Bertram (106), Maverick Goblirsch (113), Trevor Groebner (138), Devin Johnson (145), Tommy Amberg (152), Travis Rebstock (182) and Chad Maddock (Hwt.) all went 1-2 while Jaxon Lang (120) and Logan Winge (170) both finished 0-2.
The Badgers - who are back in action tonight in Marshall - have been without the services of junior Eric Bommersbach who is recovering from a broken finger.
Redwood River Riot Team Results - Litchfield 201.5, Worthington 175, Fairmont/MCW 156, KMS 155, Sartell-St. Stephen 152, Blue Earth Area 149, Marshall 140, Rocori 120, Canby 108, Maple River 107.5, Tri-City United 100, Maple Grove 88, Redwood-River Valley 69.5, Holdingford 69, ACGC 42, St. Paul Johnson 38.5, United South Central 38.5, NRHEG 27, Mpls South 15, Fulda/MCC 6