Wrestling: Elks lose NWSC finale to Blaine 41-29

Elk River wrestlers closed their season wilt a 41-29 loss to the Blaine Bengals on Thursday at Blaine, a result their coach called disappointing.

“It was a hard loss. We got outworked,” said Paul Nelson, noting that the Elks lost four of five close decisions and “too many pins (three)” in losing a winnable match.

The Elks missed a chance to finish above .500 as they fell to a final 5-5 in the NWSC and will take a 7-7 record into a very strong Section 7AAA tournament. The loss also probably dropped them to a low seed.

Winning for the Elks were Garrett Cadon, Andrew Perry and Evan Caldon by pin, Kyle Ziemer by tech fall, and Alexander Schmitz by decision.

Section team will start next Thursday or Friday depending on where the Elks are seeded.

Blaine 41, Elks 29

106—Garrett Caldon, ER, pinned Carter Newman 1:19
113—Joe Carlson, Bln, dec Ben Gibas 5-3
120—Malik Stewart, Bln, tecfal Cole Moening 21-6
126—Andrew Perry, ER, pinned Sam Peterson 1:09
132—Kyle Ziemer, ER, tecfal Jake Keller 15-0
138—Evan Caldon, ER, pinned Josh Lattery :58
145—Craig Boster, Bln, pinned Trevor Brink 4:25
152—Jameson Allen, Bln, pinned John Reitter 3:43
160—Jack Duffy, Bln, dec Ryan Osberg 8-3
170—Glen Meyers, Bln, pinned Robert Schmitz 1:07
182—Jimmy Kittelson, Bln, dec Justin Gagnon 3-2
195—Stone Andy Nguemkam, Bln, dec Jacob Brown 7-6
220—Alexander Schmitz, ER, dec Caleb Butler 4-2
285—Mitch Linquist, Bln, dec Garrett Van Eps 2-0