Princeton came home with the first-place trophy after wrestling well at the two-day Hibbing Duals. The Tigers went 3-1 in the tourney, including taking a 40-27 win over Class AA 12th-ranked Chisago Lakes on Friday.
The Wildcats led 27-16 after 3rd-ranked Joe Virga slipped past 4th-ranked Tiger Billy McClay 3-2 in the ultimate tie-break period of the 170 lb. match. Wyatt Ross at 182, Brent Chambers at 195 and Cole Warren at 220 then strung together three first-period pins to push Princeton ahead, and Eric Elsner capped the match with a fall in the 285 bout.
The Tiger lower weights set the stage with some key swing-match points against the ‘Cats. Jesse McClay put PHS on the board with a pin at 120, and 8th-ranked Tim Bialka picked up major points in an 11-3 match at 132. At 138, Dylan Auren sprung a 5-3 upset on Kyle Schoenecker who is ranked No. 3 at 132. Jake Pramann then defeated CL’s 4th-ranked Mark Sontag 3-1 at 160 to further position his team.
“The boys kept plugging away and came out attacking against Chisago Lakes. They really wrestle for each other, and that’s a really good atmosphere to have– from the varsity all the way through to our JV guys,” said Tiger Coach Brian Hellman.
The Tigers travel to Chisago Lakes Jan. 9 for a quick rematch on the Mississippi 8 schedule.
• Also at the Hibbing Invite, the Tigers defeated the host Bluejackets 44-24 and Centennial 36-33. Mound-Westonka slipped past Princeton 38-33 on Saturday morning.