Wrestling

Donald McLafferty of the Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg-Siren wrestling team at last year’s Barron inviational.

RUSH CITY – The Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg-Siren wrestling team seeks its second top-5 finish in as many tries in the young season, this Saturday.

LFGS goes to Barron for a 14-team invitational this weekend after finishing fourth in the season-opening Rush City Invitational last weekend. The team finished with 130 points, just eight behind Ogilvie (138) while Deer River (173) topped the team standings and Rush City-Braham (145) was second.

Nolan Johnson, Taedon Nichols and Dominic Caroon earned 1st-place finishes in their given divisions and accounted for 58 of the team’s 138 points.

Caroon had the most dominating performance of the three, winning all of his matches in the 195 division by pin. He needed just 16 seconds to defeat Jakob Wind (Mille Lacs) and reached the division final by pinning Masyn Londgren (Rush City-Braham) in 1:40. In the final, Caroon pinned Hayden McGowan (Crosby-Ironton) in 57 seconds.

Johnson earned two of his three wins in the 106 division by major decision, starting with his opening win over Dillion Barna (Crosby-Ironton). He also defeated Zach Remer (Mille Lacs) by major decision in the semifinal before winning a 9-3 decision over Carter Schulz (Rice Lake) in the 1st-place match.

The path to the 126 division’s 1st-place match wasn’t as easy for Nichols. He had to win all three of his matches by points to place first. A 10-8 win over Nolan Campbell (Virginia Area) sent Nichols to the semifinal against Trevor Michienzi (Deer River), which he won 8-5. He then defeated John Fitzpatrick (Crosby-Ironton) in a 4-2 decision.

Landyn Johnson gave LFGS a runner-up finish in the 145 division. He won his first two matches by pin – in 1:23 over Jesse Eklund (Rush City-Braham) and in 1:55 over Daniel Miller (Mille Lacs). But, Ogilvie’s Ethan Warren pinned Johnson in 1:14 to win the 1st-place match.

By winning three of his four matches, Cory Popham added a 3rd-place finish in the 113 division. He won by major decision over Nathias Parks (Deer River) but was sent to the consolation bracket by a loss in 1:20 to Gavon Schroeder (Rush City-Braham). Popham responded by defeating Chase Calander (Mille Lacs) in 2:42 to reach the 3rd-place match, which he won by major decision over Parks.