Wrestling: Elks 2nd at STMA tournament; Ziemer, Gibas earn titles

The Elk River wrestlers had two champions, Kyle Ziemer and Sam Gibas, while placing second at the St. Michael-Albertville Invitational on Saturday.

STMA won with 242 points, followed by the Elks with 163 and Forest Lake with 137.

Ziemer, a sophomore, pinned Jack Mueller of Tri City United in 3:24 in the 138-pound title match, after reaching finals with a pin of STMA’s Jeff Geiger and 3-2 decision over Forest Lake’s Sam Finch.

Gibas, a freshman, pulled out three close decisions to earn the 152-pound title: 4-3 over Max Arroya (unattached), 3-1 over Talon Juusola (unattached) and 7-5 over Tri City United’s Mason Rutt.

Garrett Caldon and Bobby Schmitz were runners-up.

Caldon, a junior, reached the finals with two pins, then lost to Jake Allar of Benilde-St. Margaret 9-5 in the finals at 120 pounds.

Schmitz, a junior, had a pin and 8-0 decision, then lost by pin in 5:11 to Christian DuLaney of Benilde-St. Margaret.

The Elks will wrestle at Robbinsdale Armstrong on Thursday.

Team scoring

1. St. Michael-Albertville 242
2. Elk River 163
3. Forest Lake 137
4. Dassel-Cokato 127
5. Tri City United 121.5
6. Benilde-St. Margaret 109
7. St. Cloud Apollo 74
8. Spring Lake Park 65.5
9. Minneapolis Roosevelt 29.5

How Elks fared

106—Anthony Meister 2-2 (2 pins), 4th place
113—Cole Ruprecht 0-2
120—Garrett Caldon 2-1 (2 pins), 2nd place
126—Cole Moening 2-2 (2 pins) 4th place
132—Andy Perry 2-2, 5th place
138—Kyle Ziemer 3-0 (2 pins), 1st place
145—Kyle Nielson 0-2
152—Sam Gibas 3-0, 1st place
160—Casey Schilz 2-2 (1 pin), 5th place
170—Ryan Osberg  2-2 (1 pin), 5th place
182—Michael Young 0-2
195—no entry
220—Bobby Schmitz 2-1 (1 pin), 2nd place
285—Alex Schmitz 1-2, 3rd place