Royal wresters keep cruising as end of regular season draws near
Fresh on the heels of their Minnesota River Conference championship, the Watertown-Mayer wrestling team enjoyed another solid week last week, sweeping Princeton and Dassel-Cokato with a pair of easy wins at a triangular at D-C, cruising past Waconia in a home dual on Thursday, and winning the Mankato East Cougar Invite with ease on Saturday, Feb. 2.
With the three dual wins, the Royals moved to 13-1 on the season.
In Saturday’s invitational in Mankato, eight Royals advanced to the finals, five of whom won championships. Jackson Sweeney won at 106, Adam Traen won at 120, Aaron Sweeney won at 132, Austin Torres finished first at 182 and Jon Ernst won at 220.
Also making the finals but finishing in second place for the Royals were Matt Elsenpeter at 126, Jon Vouk at 152 and Davion Franklin at heavyweight.
At 106 pounds, Jackson Sweeney went 2-0, winning by fall in the finals in 1:48 over Maple River’s Derek Moore. At 120 pounds, Traen went 2-0 as well, earning a 9-4 decision over Marshall/Lakeview’s Nick Erbes in the finals.
Aaron Sweeney went 2-0 at 132 pounds. He won by fall in the finals over Marshall/Lakeview’s Riley Roth. At 182, Torres went 2-0 and also won by fall in the finals, needing just 49 seconds to pin Maple River’s Mitch Stoltzman. And at 220 pounds, Ernst finished 2-0, needing just 47 seconds to pin his opponent in the finals.
In their second-place finishes, Franklin went 2-1 on the day, while both Elsenpeter and Vouk finished 1-1.
Also finishing in third place for the Royals were Corey Jobe, Joe Jobe and Bryce Kallenbach. Corey Jobe went 3-1 at 113 pounds, while Joe Jobe was 2-1 at 138 pounds and Kallenbach was 2-1 at 160 pounds.
The week actually started for the Royals on Tuesday, Jan. 29, when they beat Princeton 55-15 and Dassel-Cokato 55-18 in a triangular at DC.
Against DC, the Royals’ Collin Flynn opened the match with an 11-6 win and Jackson Sweeney followed with a pin at 113, but DC rallied with a decision and a pin in the next two matches to tie the match at 9-9 after four matches. However, that’s when the Royals took complete control of the match with four consecutive wins either by fall or forfeit. Elsenpeter earned a pin at 132, and Aaron Sweeney and Joe Jobe won by forfeit at 138 and 145. Joe Reinert followed with a pin at 152, and suddenly the Royals led, 33-9.
Kallenbach later added a major decision at 170, and Torres (195), Ernst (220) and Franklin (hwt) closed the match with three consecutive pins.
In the win against DC, the Royals took control right from the start. Flynn won an 8-2 decision at 106, Jackson Sweeney won by fall at 113 and Traen also won by fall at 120 to give the Royals a 15-0 lead before DC ever got on the board. After a loss at 126, the Royals won the next four matches, including a 14-2 major decision for Elsenpeter at 132, a win by fall for Aaron Sweeney at 138, a win by fall for Joe Jobe at 145 and a 3-2 decision for Reinert at 152.
Logan Cooper would later add a 13-11 decision at 182, Torres (195) and Ernst (220) both won by fall and Franklin (hwt) won by forfeit.
Royals 52, Waconia 9
The Royals raced out to a 19-0 lead and never looked back in a home win over the Wildcats on Thursday, Jan. 31.
Jackson Sweeney started with a 5-0 decision at 106 and Corey Jobe won a 11-2 major decision at 113. Traen won by fall at 120, and Elsenpeter did as well at 126.
Aaron Sweeney (138), Joe Jobe (145) and Reinert won three consecutive decisions for the Royals to give them a 28-6 lead after Waconia got on the board with a pin at 132. Kallenbach and Torres later won consecutive decisions at 170 and 182, Cooper and Nick Burns both won by forfeit at 195 and 220, and Franklin closed the match with a pin at heavyweight.
The Royals return to action with a home meet against Big Lake at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. The section tournament will begin on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m., with the Royals almost certainly hosting.
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