18 January 2014

Wrestling: Tigers place six at Eastview

Jamin LeDuc went 3-0 to win the 113-pound title (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Despite competing without three of their four state-ranked wrestlers, the Tigers finished eighth in a quality 12-team field at Saturday's Eastview Invitational in Apple Valley.

Taylor Venz, Matt Rustad and Joe Hoeve sat out the meet because of concerns about excess matches for the season.

"It was a great day of wrestling for us," Farmington coach Chad Olson said. "Last year we scored 42 points and this year we had 85.5. The past two years we have had three place winners. Today we had six."

Jamin LeDuc continued his dominant 2013-14 season, winning the 113-pound division with three straight wins to run his season record to 26-2.

Victor Gliva won three of his four matches at 106 pounds to grab third place honors. Gliva owns a 19-9 season mark.

According to coach Olson, Joe Liden wrestled "the best tournament of his career'' in finishing fourth in the 152-pound bracket. Liden went 3-2 with both losses to the No. 5 state-ranked wrestler in Wisconsin.

Three other Tigers came home with fifth place medals: Brayden Chapman, 3-2 at 138 pounds; Mason Hawkins, 3-2 at 145 pounds and Godfrey Mpetey, 3-2 at 285 pounds.

Brian Caravantes (0-2); Santana Perdomo (1-2); Jake Rudeen (0-2); Trevor Frost (0-3) and CJ Wynings (1-2) also wore the Tiger colors at the  Eastview meet.

After a busy two-month schedule the Tigers are now idle until Thursday, Jan. 30, when they travel to Northfield for a Missota Conference quadrangular.

"We have earned a well-deserved 12 days off," Olson said.