Wrestling: Elks have sparse lineup at STMA tourney, place 8th

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk wrestlers had a depleted lineup, including just five varsity starters, at the St. Michael-Albertville Invitational on Saturday.

“We are off to a rocky start,” said coach Paul Nelson, noting that two of the top big men have knee problems from football, on top of one returning starter moving away, another not coming out this year and another getting a late start due to taking PSEO.

In addition, two kids didn’t make weight Saturday and another missed with a skin condition.

Garrett Caldon, freshman at 106, was the lone Elk to reach the finals, with a bye and a decision. He lost to an STMA wrestler in the finals.

Evan Caldon placed third with a 2-1 mark at 126 pounds and Kyle Wiemann placed fourth with a 1-2 slate at 285.

Jory Lubinski faces knee surgery, said Nelson, and Abe Williams also has a knee issue that could result in surgery.

“We are a pretty young team, especially in the middle,” Nelson said. “We have a lot of kids who are dedicated to wrestling and they’ll have to step up.”

The Elks placed eighth among nine teams with 72 points. STMA, ranked No. 2 in Class AAA, won with 236.5, followed by No.4 Forest Lake with 192.5.

The Elks (0-1 in duals) will wrestle at Coon Rapids on Friday.