Wrestling: Royals beat Armstrong, Columbia Heights; lose to Champlin Prk

The Rogers wrestlers capped a strong two days of wrestling by winning two of three teams in a quadrangular at Robbinsdale Armstrong on Friday, Dec. 21.

The Royals  lost to Champlin Park 45-30, then beat Columbia Heights 47-24 and Robbinsdale Armstrong 36-25.

The night before, the Royals (5-3) had beaten Park Center, Spectrum and Brooklyn Center at home.

“To go 5-1 over two days is awesome,” reflected coach Chris Donnay.

The Royals are forfeiting two or three matches each meet, which means, the coach said, “The guys need to get bonus points, and we did that in all five wins.”

Against Champlin Park, he noted, the Royals gave up too many bonus points.

“We didn’t wrestle bad; we just don’t match up well with them.”

Kyler Swanson, senior 145-pounder, notched two pins and a decision as he tied the team record for most wins, 104. The six-year starter matched the total of Todd Klemz, a 2008 graduate.

Swanson, Ryan Lien at 220, Connor Larson at 132, and Phillip Anderson at 138 all won all six matches over two nights.

Andrew Piehl, a 220-pound freshman, went 4-1.

“He went against some big boys, and was awesome,” said the coach.

In the three duals on Friday, Anderson had three pins, Lien had three pins, and Larson a decision and two pins, while Cruz Martinez, Jake Owens, and Piehl all went 2-1. Piehl had two pins and Martinez and Owens one each.

Rogers will return to action with a conference dual at Cambridge-Isanti on Friday, Jan. 4.