It's back to state for the Aitkin Gobblers wrestling team.
A Keith Wasserzieher pin at 119 pounds set the tone for Aitkin's 34-24 Section 7-1A victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers Friday in Aitkin.
Wasserzieher, normally a 112-pounder, pinned Brandon Biever in 1:17 handing Aitkin a 12-4 advantage. Pins by Jordan Chouanard at 112 and Matt Christensen at 189 and a five-point technical fall by Taylor Bitker at 152 propelled Aitkin to the win.
"We were hoping for a win from Keith realizing that Brandon Biever is a tough kid," said Aitkin head coach Dan Stifter. "Keith stepped up and wrestled a huge match for the team. Once we got to that point all we had to do was wrestle. We didn't have to knock anyone off or pull off any upsets. We were able to wrestle within ourselves."
Both teams won seven matches, but Aitkin's ability get to get the three pins and technical fall and hold C-I to four decisions and three major decisions provided the 10-point difference.
C-I held a 17-12 lead after Sam Srock's major decision at 140, but the Gobblers rattled off five straight wins to take a commanding lead.
"This was a total team effort," said Stifter. "Everyone down the lineup did what they had to do to help us to the win. Guys like Dalton Stevens, Craig Leathers, Jeff Moe and Ryan Skinner they held their opponents to just decisions and majors."
The Gobblers avenged a 41-30 defeat to the Rangers on Jan. 22. Stifter said that was more motivation than any speech he could have come up with.
"It was almost like things flip flopped and things went in our favor this time," said Stifter. "It's not that we didn't wrestle well at Crosby or that C-I didn't wrestle well here, but we got more of the breaks tonight and scored the big points and that's what they did to us a month ago. That was a huge motivational point in the season. Then the natural C-I/Aitkin rivalry helped."
Aitkin 34, Crosby-Ironton 24
103 - Hayden Zillme (CI) maj. dec. Joe Elvecrog 12-3
112 - Jordan Chouanard (A) pinned Johnny Melenich 3:10
119 - Keith Wasserzieher (A) pinned Brandon Biever 1:17
125 - Wade Adams (CI) dec. Dalton Stevens 8-3
130 - Brad Hofstrand (CI) dec. Craig Leathers 6-5
135 - Andrew Kayfes (CI) dec. Jeff Moe 6-1
140 - Sam Srock (CI) maj. dec. Ryan Skinner 9-1
145 - Justin Chouanard (A) dec. David Booth 5-2
152 - Taylor Bitker (A) tech. fall Kevin Burns 6:00
160 - Andy Hallberg (A) maj. dec. Chris Rothstein 12-4
171 - Travis Tuenge (A) maj. dec. Jeremy Hamman 12-4
189 - Matt Christensen (A) pinned Cody Vogt :32
215 - Ben Rothstein (CI) dec. Nathan Cummings 9-2
Hwt - Levi Kugel (CI) maj. dec. Taylor Wilke 13-4
Next meet - Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton in Section 7-2A individual tournament at Braham 4 p.m. Friday.
Aitkin 50, Royalton 16
103 - Jordan Chouanard (A) maj. dec. Dan Moulzolf 19-8
112 - Keith Wasserzieher (A) pinned Andy Poster 1:41
119 - Ben Presler (R) pinned Ryan Smith 1:09
125 - Dalton Stevens (A) tech. fall Odin Guerard 5:29
130 - Craig Leathers (A) pinned Ryan Brady 4:00
135 - Peter Borash (R) dec. Jeff Moe 9-2
140 - Kyle Wentland (R) dec. Ryan Skinner 4-0
145 - Justin Chouanard (A) pinned Jordan Wentland 4:14
152 - Neil Zimmerman (R) maj. dec. Taylor Bitker 14-1
160 - Travis Tuenge (A) pinned Cody Boody 33-16
171 - Andrew Hallberg (A) maj. dec. Brook Hackett 9-1
189 - Matt Christensen (A) pinned Craig Lensing 3:13
215 - Nathan Cummings (A) maj. dec. Dan Gedacz 13-3
Hwt - Taylor Wilke (A) dec. Troy Lensing 4-3
Crosby-Ironton 45, Mille Lacs 16
103 - Hayden Zillmer (CI) tech. fall Mark Farmer 21-6
112 - Lucus Ernaster (ML) pinned Johnny Melenich :43
119 - Brandon Biever (CI) dec Chase Niesen 8-2
125 - Wade Adams (CI) maj. dec. Zach Olson 12-0
130 - Brad Hofstrand (CI) tech. fall Pat Sulivan 15-0
135 - Andrew Kayfes (CI) tech fall Mat Gregory 15-0
140 - Sam Srock (CI) pinned Dylan Young 5:13
145 - Kevin Burns (CI) tech. fall Josh Bratzman 5:10
152 - Kevin Peterson (ML) maj. dec. David Booth 11-2
160 - Chris Rothstein (CI) pinned Branden Hunsiter 1:17
171 - Dillon Whittness (ML) dec. Jeremy Hamman 11-9
189 - Cody Vogt (CI) dec. Gabe Tramm 10-4
215 - Ben Rothstein (CI) dec. Ian Pratt 6-2
Hwt - Chris Steffsen (ML) dec. Levi Kugel 1-0
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.