Royals take third place at Delano Invitational

Aaron Sweeney wrestles against New Prague.
Aaron Sweeney wrestles against New Prague.

The Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran wrestling team endured a busy weekend, coming away with two dual wins in three tries and a third-place finish at the Delano Invitational, all within the span of about 48 hours.

The Royals opened the week with a 64-12 dual win at Rockford on Thursday, Dec. 12, and then split a pair of duals during a home triangular on Friday, Dec. 13. The Royals opened with a 54-14 win over Norwood Young America, and then fell to New Prague, 49-18.

The next day, the Royals scored 142.5 points to finish third in the five-team Delano Invite.

Apple Valley won with 232.5 points, and Milaca barely edged out the Royals for second place with 144 points.


Royals 64, Rockford 12

The Royals racked up five pins, two technical falls and three forfeits en route to an easy win over Rockford.

The Royals led 34-0 after scoring bonus points in each of the first six matches. Kendall Nowlan opened with a technical fall at 106 before Adam Sweeney won by forfeit at 113 and Brady Kohls did the same at 120. Jackson Sweeney won by technical fall at 126, while Jordan Peterson got a pin at 132 and Corey Jobe earned another pin at 138 to give the Royals a massive early lead before Rockford earned a pin at 145.

Later, Aaron Sweeney (152), Logan Cooper (195) and Zach Larson (285) all earned pins for the Royals as well. Jon Vouk won a 7-2 decision at 160 and Jesse Heck earned an 8-2 decision at 182. Troy Scheuble won by forfeit at 220.


Royals 54, NYA 14

Jackson Sweeney (126), McDonald (145) and Vouk (160) all earned pins for the Royals in another easy 54-14 win over Norwood Young America in the first of two home duals on Friday, Dec. 13.

Nowlan opened the night with a 9-3 decision at 106 pounds, and Bryce Duske’s 11-5 decision at 120 gave the Royals a 6-3 lead before Sweeney’s pin extended the lead to 12-3.

A tech fall and a forfeit win for NYA, though, briefly gave the Raiders the lead at 14-12. However, that’s when McDonald earned his pin, Aaron Sweeney won by forfeit at 152 and Vouk got his pin at 160 to give the Royals a more comfortable 30-14 lead.

Matt Pysick followed with a 2-0 decision for the Royals at 170, and Heck won a 3-0 decision at 182. Logan Cooper (195) and Bryce Kallenbach (220) both won by forfeit for the Royals, and Zach Larson closed with a 2-1 decision.


New Prague 49, Royals 18

Three consecutive pins for New Prague between 132 and 145 turned a 12-6 Trojans lead into a 30-6 lead as New Prague pulled away from the Royals.

The Royals won five matches against the Trojans, including major decisions from Aaron Sweeney at 152 pounds, Cooper at 195 pounds and Kallenbach at 220 pounds. Kohls (113) and Jackson Sweeney (126) both won decisions for the Royals.


Delano Invitational

Aaron Sweeney went 2-0 at 152 pounds to emerge from the tournament as WMML’s lone undefeated champion.

Zach Larson and Bryce Duske also picked up two wins apiece for the Royals, each going 2-1. Duske finished second in a four-person round robin at 120, and Larson finished in third place at heavyweight.


Up next

The Royals will return to the mat on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. for a Minnesota River Conference dual against LeSueur-Henderson. The Royals will also be taking an overnight trip to wrestle in a two-day tournament in Rochester on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21.


Aaron Sweeney wrestles against New Prague. Bryce Duske wrestles against NYA. Brady Kohls wrestles against NYA.
Aaron Sweeney wrestles against New Prague.