17 January 2014

Wrestling: Venz hits 100 in win over Faribault

Taylor Venz (w/coaches Chad Olson and Jon Lund) reached 100 career wins (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers sandwiched a dual meet between Thursday's triangular and a Saturday tournament, making short work of Faribault Friday night at FHS.

Farmington won nine of 12 matches contested on the mat and added 12 more points via forfeit on the way to a 52-15 victory.

The winners built up a commanding 36-0 lead through the first eight bout to take control of the match.

"We are in a tough stretch of three weigh-ins in a row," coach Chad Olson said. "Our guys showed up with good energy and intensity again tonight."

Victor Gliva (106 pounds) started the night with a second period fall and then Skylar Raymond (113) followed with a four-point major decision.

After Jamin LeDuc (120) scored a six-point fall and Brian Caravantes won by forfeit at 126 pounds. Taylor Venz (132), Matt Rustad (138) Brayden Chapman ( 145) won consecutive decisions and Joe Liden (152) tacked on a major decision.

Sophomore Venz's victory was the 100th of his varsity career that includes winning the state Class 3A 106-pound title last season..

Later in the match CJ Wynings earned a major decision at 220 pounds and 285-pounder Godfrey Mpetey won on a first period pin. Joe Hoeve earned six points the easy way with a forfeit in the scheduled 195 pound bout.

The victory boosted Farmington's dual meet season record to 10-7.

The Tigers, ranked 11th in the most recent state Class 3A poll, travel to Apple Valley Saturday for the Eastview Invitational tournament.

Godfrey Mpetey scored a pin in the 285-pound bout