Wrestling: Royals have four champs at Concordia tournament

Four Rogers wrestlers were champions at the Concordia-St. Paul tournament on Saturday as the Royals placed fourth among 16 teams.

Bret Wilson, Phillip Anderson, Jordan Lemcke and Jake Owens captured titles while Tyler Eicher was a runner-up and Connor Larson placed fourth.

“We had three guys out with injuries so we only wrestled with 10 guys and were still only two points out of third place,” said coach Chris Donnay.  “All the teams ahead of us had full lineups.”

Zumbrota-Mazzeppa, Waconia, Wayzata, Rogers and Stewartville were the top five teams.

Wilson, an eighth-grader starting his varsity career 11-0, had three pins and a 12-1 major decision against Wayzata’s Mark Wallerius to take the 106-pound title.

Anderson, a senior, beat Devon Fitzpatrick of Mahtomedi 11-2 in the 138-pound finals. He was 4-0 with one pin.

Lemcke, a junior, was 195-pound champ with three wins, including 9-2 over Seth Tupper of Zumbroda-Muzzepa in the finals.

Owens, a junior, was 220-pound champ. He won 9-3 in the finals over Zach Buffington of Waconia and was 3-0 for the day.

“To have five guys in the finals, and four of those guys win it, is better than could be expected,” said Donnay. “Four champions at a tournament this big is a huge deal.  Our upper weights are coming along very nicely.  Bret and Phil looked great all day.”

It was the first tournament titles for Lemcke and Owens.

Eicher, a senior, had two pins and a 3-1 semifinal win, on a takedown with :15 left, then lost to No. 3 ranked Collin Sohn of Wayzata in the 182-pound finals.
Larson, a senior, was 1-2 against three ranked wrestlers for fourth place at 145 pounds.

The Royals will host Monticello on Thursday.