Royals win Paynesville Tournament

The Watertown-Mayer wrestling team made the most of its lone meet last week, winning the eight-team Paynesville Tournament on Friday, Jan. 10.

The Royals scored 217.5 points to easily claim first place in front of Sartell, which scored 164.5.

Seven Watertown-Mayer wrestlers reached the finals, including four who won their wight classes. Jackson Sweeney (120), Bryce Duske (126), Aaron Sweeney (152) and Logan Cooper (195) all finished in first place for the Royals. Kendall Nowlan (106), Brady Kohls (113) and Jon Vouk (160) all finished in second place.

As a team, the Royals won 29 matches and lost only 15.

At 120 pounds, Jackson Sweeney went 3-0, including a 10-0 major decision in the finals. He won by fall in the first round and by decision in the second.

At 126 pounds, Duske went 3-0, and earned a 1-0 decision in the finals. He won by major decision in the first round and by technical fall in the second.

At 152 pounds, Aaron Sweeney went 2-0. After a first-round bye, he won by fall in the semifinals and in the finals.

At 195 pounds, Cooper went 3-0, with three pins. He pinned Derek Ludwig of Paynesville in the finals in 1:52.

Nowlan went 1-1 on his way to a second-place finish at 106, and at 113, Kohls went 2-1. After a pair of pins, he was pinned in the finals.

Vouk also went 2-1 on his way to a second-place finish at 160. He won by major decision in the first round and a decision in the second before falling in the finals.

Corey Jobe, Jesse Heck and Bryce Kallenbach all picked up three wins for the Royals despite eventual third-place finishes, each going 3-1. A 170, Heck won his first match by major decision before losing in the second round, but then won twice more to claim third.

At 182, Kallenbach won his first match by decision before losing in the second round. However, he went on to earn a major decision and a decision to claim third place. At 132, Corey Jobe, earned a pin in the first round, and after a second-round loss, went on to take third place with a couple of major decisions. Joe Jobe also picked up two wins at 145 pounds, going 2-2 on his way to a fifth-place finish.

The Royals will be back in action for a 5 p.m. meet against Tri City United on Thursday, Jan. 16. The Royals will also host Scott West on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., and they’ll wrestle in the Hutchinson Invitational at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Royals will host Dassel-Cokato and Big Lake in a triangular starting at 5 p.m.

 

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