Wrestling: Royals 2nd at Chisago Lakes, have 3 champs

The Rogers wrestlers had three champions and placed second behind Chisago Lakes on Friday evening at the Chisago Lakes Invitational.

Bret Wilson, Phillip Anderson and Andrew Piehl  were champions in the nine-team competition.

Jordan Bond, Tyler Eicher, and Jake Owens  were runners-up.

Chisago Lakes totaled 214.5 points, Rogers 172.5 and third-place Goodhue 168.

“Once again, we  never had a champion at this tournament before, and we brought home three and we had a chance with three more,” said coach Chris Donnay, referring to two tournaments, Maple Grove being the other, where the Royals have competed for several years with no champs until this year.

“Every tournament, different guys are stepping up for the team,” said Donnay. “All but two guys who wrestled placed … We are adding depth as the season goes on.”

Wilson (14-0) had a bye and a pin at 106 pounds, then edged St. Croix Falls’ Tristan Chamberin 9-7 in overtime in the finals. He had a near-fall in the last minute of regulation to tie the score.

Anderson had a pin, tech fall, and 16-2 win over Logan Breuer of Goodhue in the 145-pound finals. With the pin, Anderson broke Todd Klemz’s team record of 57.

Sophomore heavyweight Piehl notched two first-period pins and an 8-2 finals win over Josh Dahlilng of Goodhue.

Bond won twice to reach the 152 finals where he lost to Henry Sibley’s Jose Rodriguez 21-11. Eicher had two first-period pins a 182, then got nipped 6-5 by Zach Rygg of Armstrong. Owens had two pins at 220 and lost to Jacob Lynch of Rush City/Braham 5-2 in the finals.

Connor Larson at 138 and Dominic Skawiniak at 220  placed third. Skawiniak wrestled unattached because the 220-pound bracket wasn’t filled. Jeremiah Radermacher was fourth at 120, Jordan Lemcke fourth at 195, and Cruz Martinez fifth at 132.

After the holidays, Rogers will resume action Jan. 4  in the Buffalo Invitational.