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Titan wrestlers finish 7th out of 10 teams in opener
The TCU Wrestling Team had a tough first bout of the season, finishing in seventh place out of 10 teams at the St. Michael Albertville Invitational on December 1.
The Team champion was St Micheal Albertville with 265.5 points, St. Cloud Apollo was second with 121 points, Forest Lake was 3rd with 115.5, Elk River was 4th with 101, Dassel Cokato was 5th with 100, Benilde St Margaret was 6th with 82.5, TCU 7th with 80, St Cloud Tech and Deloano tied for 8th with 45 and Spring Lake Park was 10th with 36.6 points.
103: Justin Kopet, seventh grader wrestled tough, according to his coach Brian Mikel, and went 0-2 in the first varsity action of his career.
“He will no doubt be a good one. He just needs a little more size and experience,” Mikel said.
120: Jack Mueller, 7th grader went 0-2 and did not place. Mikel said Mueller held his own against older and more experienced wrestlers. “He, like Justin will be a good wrestler as well,” the coach commented.
126: Levi Nelson battled illness and ended up with a 1-2 finish and placed 5th.
132: Jonah Johnson wrestled well despite wrestling up a weight and going 0-2.
“We look for Jonah to make some big contributions to the team this year,” Mikel said.
138: Mason Brownlee: wrestled very well and made it to the finals where he went up against number one rated (in AAA) Mark Vos of St. Micheal Albertville. Mason lost a tough one 7-3 to take second place.
“Mason looks to be on his game and focused for a run at a state title,” the coach said.
138: Mason Rutt: Mason wrestled pretty well, going 3-2 and taking 4th place. Rutt, an 8th grader, shows veteran experience and will be a big asset for the team this year, his coach said.
145: Max Arroyo went 3-1 and placed 3rd. “He's a 10th grader who looks like he's ready to take things to the next level,” Mikel said.
152: Marko Arroyo: Marko went 0-2 for the day and did not place.
“Marko, a junior, is an extremely hard worker who leads by example should be able to get things turned around soon,” the coach commented.
160: Josh Selly looked very good in his first two matches winning his 1st by pin and defeating a tough opponent from St Cloud Apollo in the second match 5-1. Mikel said he ran in to a very tough opponent in Austin Boniface from Forest Lake in the finals and was defeated, placing second overall. Mikel noted that Selly looks ready to make a run at state.
170: Kyle Hubert had a tough day going 0-2, losing his second match in a heartbreaker, giving up a takedown in the closing seconds.
285: 9th grader Alex Burns went 1-2 on the day for a 5th place finish. He won his final match by a score of 7-2 and keeps improving with every match.