W-M wrestlers compete at Minnesota Christmas Tournament

The Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran wrestling team took 25th place out of 33 teams in the Minnesota Christmas Tournament in Rochester on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21.

Not surprisingly, Apple Valley won the tournament with 292.5 points, easily finishing ahead of second-place West Fargo, which has 179 points.

Aaron Sweeney was the only Royal wrestler to place at the event, finishing in eighth place at 145 pounds. Sweeney opened with an 8-0 major decision in the first round and followed that up with a 6-0 decision in the second round. He was finally beaten in the quarterfinals by technical fall, but he responded with a 5-0 win in his first wrestleback match. He was bounced to the seventh-place match with a 6-4 loss in the next round, and lost in the seventh-place match by the same score.

Jackson Sweeney also reached the quarterfinals at 120 pounds by earning pins in each of the first two rounds. He last a tough 3-2 decision in the quarters, and then lost 7-2 in wrestlebacks.

At 195 pounds, Logan Cooper also won a pair of matches for the Royals. He lost his first match, but earned a pin and a 4-3 decision in his first two wrestleback matches before his tournament came to an end.

Corey Jobe (132) and Jon Vouk (160) both won their first round matches as well before losing their first two in wrestlebacks. Bryce Duske (126), Joe Jobe (152), Troy Scheuble (220) and Zach Larson (285) all lost their first round matches, but won one match apiece in wrestlebacks.

Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran was also in action earlier in the week in a dual at LeSueur-Henderson. The Royals dominated the Minnesota River Conference dual, 56-16, moving to 2-0 in the conference. Individual results from that meet were not available at press time.

The Royals will return to action Thursday, Jan. 2, for a meet at Glencoe-Silver Lake at 7 p.m.