17 January 2014

Wrestling: Tigers take two

Brayden Chapman 2-0 at Eagan triangular (photo by Jim Lindquist)
A year before a move to the South Suburban Conference the Tigers got a preview of that league's wrestling Thursday night in a triangular meet at Eagan.

Based on its performance Farmington appears to be up for the change. The Tigers downed Rosemount 31-29 and handled host Eagan 35-27.

The Eagan match was a nip-and-tuck affair with a late decision by Jake Rudeen (170 pounds), a pin by Joe Hoeve (182) and Godfrey Mpetety's forfeit victory at 285 pounds enough to preserve the win.

Earlier in the match the Tigers reeled off four straight wins after falling behind 8-0 after the first two bouts of the night.

The four straight victories came on a pin by Matt Rustad (132) and decisions by Jamin LeDuc (120), Taylor Venz (126) and Brayden Chapman (138). The other Tiger win came from Joe Liden who scored a major decision in the 152 pound match.

Farmington fell behind early again (0-9) in the squeaker of a win over the Irish. Following the same recipe as the Eagan match, the Tigers rallied quickly, posting five straight wins to go up 18-9.

Venz won his match by pin and LeDuc, Rustad, Chapman and Eric Heusbourg (145) each scored three-point decisions.

Later in the match, a pin by John Walz (170) and a decision by Rudeen at 182 lbs. sealed the victory.

Six Tigers finished the night with perfect 2-0 recordd: LeDuc, Venz, Rustad, Chapman, Rudeen and Hoeve.

The triangular was just the start of a busy three days for the Tigers who entertain Faribault in a dual meet Friday before traveling to Apple Valley Saturday for the talent-filled Eastview Invitational.