Owatonna Beats Zumbrota-Mazeppa to Cap The Clash with 3-3 Record
After wrestling teams from around the country, the Huskies ended against a team from their own area code and beat Zumbrota-Mazeppa 36-21 Saturday. OHS was 19th overall.
In a tight dual where bonus points were hard to come by, the Cougars won two of the first three bouts for a 6-3 lead. Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Jacob Bennett (No. 7A-195 pounds) handed Owatonna's Griffin Thorn (No. 5AAA-195) his only loss of The Clash 6-1 to start the match at 220. Goy Tut beat Z-M's Jarrett Heglund (No. 4A-220) 3-1. The Cougars got a win at 106 for a 6-3 lead.
The Huskies reeled off four straight wins after that for an 18-6 advantage. Landon Johnson, Joe Fox and Jerez Autridge all won decisions and Riley Becker got a pin. After a Cougars win, Owatonna won three more in a row. Peyton Robb (No. 1AAA-138) got a pin to complete a 6-0 record at The Clash. Cade King took a decision. Parker Westphal got a fall to give OHS a 33-12 lead and clinch the meet.
The highlight match at 182 didn't have an impact on the overall outcome. Brandon Moen (No. 1AAA-182) edged Z-M's Caden Steffen (No. 1A-182) 3-2. Moen went 6-0 over the weekend, his first action of the season after a knee injury last summer. With the 36-21 win over No. 3A Zumbrota-Mazeppa, the No. 6AAA Huskies ended the tournament with a 3-3 record and 19th place finish out of 32 teams in The Clash XV.
Saturday opened with Corona Del Sol, Calif., for Owatonna. The Huskies built a 27-11 lead midway through the match but only won one more match and lost 37-33. The Aztecs ended the meet by putting out two defending state champions and a returning state place winner. Moen, Thorn and Tut all got wins in the upper weights. Landon Johnson, Kaden Nelson and Robb were Owatonna's other winners.
Against DeLaSalle, Calif., Saturday, Thorn opened with a pin at 195 pounds, but the Spartans won the next eight matches to clinch it before Peyton Robb started a string of Owatonna wins. Robb, who was named to the All-Tournament team, got taken to his back before winning an 8-6 decision. Westphal, King and Moen also earned victories in the 43-22 loss.
The Huskies return to Big Nine action Thursday, hosting Albert Lea at 7PM at the Owatonna gym with coverage on Kat Kountry 105FM. Dale Benjamin and Larry Hovden are scheduled to be on the call of the match. The Tigers finished in 14th place at The Clash while also compiling a 3-3 record. The only common opponent for the weekend was DeLaSalle, Calif. Albert Lea beat them 35-28 while Owatonna lost 43-22.
Buchanan, Calif., defended their Clash title with a 6-0 record. St. Edward, Ohio, was second. Lake Highland Park, Fla., was third and Park Hill, Mo., took fourth. Apple Valley was fifth and Anoka sixth.