PIERZ - For the first time in three years the Aitkin Gobblers won't be wrestling in the Class 1A state team tournament.

In the semifinals of the Section 7-1A tournament Friday, the second-seeded Gobblers beat No. 3 Trinity at River Ridge 48-12 before falling to top-seeded Royalton 33-28.

Aitkin led Royalton 28-21 after 11 matches but the Royals won the last three to capture their first section title.


Royalton 35, Mille Lacs 21


Aitkin 48, Trinity 12

103: Travis Bare (AIT) dec. Dominic Mak 5-1

112: Keith Wasserzieher (AIT) pinned Charlie Leighton 2:59

119: Jordan Chouanard (AIT) tech. fall Patrick Earhart

125: Brian Wold (AIT) maj. dec. Ben Josiah Klas 14-3

130: Craig Leathers (AIT) dec. Ben Rynda 5-0

135: Dalton Stevens (AIT) dec. Luke Olson 11-9 OT

140: Danny DeMarais (TRR) dec. Isaac Novak 4-2 OT

145: T. J. Landruss (AIT) dec. Charlie O'Hare 3-1

152: Mike Earhart (TRR) maj. dec. Kevin Handt 12-3

160: Taylor Thomas Bitker (AIT) dec. Chris Gross 8-4

171: Travis Tuenge (AIT) pinned Nick Bodette 1:23

189: Sam Arachtingi (TRR) tech. fall Andrew Bast

215: Levi Stifter (AIT) pinned Jeremy Troeson :21

285: Taylor Wilke (AIT) pinned Scotty Coughlin 3:26


Royalton 33 Aitkin 28

103: Travis Bare (AIT) maj. dec. Dan Borash 9-0

112: Keith Wasserzieher (AIT) pinned Mitch Lange :47

119: Jordan Chouanard (AIT) pinned Andy Poster

125: Dan Moulzolf (ROY) pinned Brian Wold 4:32

130: Odin Guerard (ROY) dec. Craig Leathers 13-6

135: Dalton Stevens (AIT) dec. Peter Borash 6-4

140: Ryan Brady (ROY) maj. dec. Ryan Skinner 12-2

145: Kyle Wentland (ROY) dec. Isaac Novak 9-5

152: Jordan Wentland (ROY) tech. fall Kevin Handt

160: Taylor Thomas Bitker (AIT) pinned Brian Schlichting 3:13

171: Travis Tuenge (AIT) dec. Craig Lensing 5-2

189: Dan Gadacz (ROY) pinned Levi Stifter 5:10

215: Andrew Plumski (ROY) dec. David Rommer 6-0

285: Jake Kasella (ROY) dec. Taylor Wilke 11-7

Next: Aitkin in 7-1A individual tournament Feb. 27-28 at Braham.