Mother Nature threw Shakopee wrestling a curveball this past week.
The Sabers were supposed to travel to Fargo, N.D., for the Rumble on the Red tournament at the FargoDome but couldn’t make it because of the snowstorm that rolled through Minnesota last week.
Shakopee wasn’t the only team unable to get to Fargo, as more than 30 teams couldn’t make it up to Fargo.
When the district informed the wrestling program that they couldn’t go to Fargo, the Sabers coaching staff quickly got to work to find some place for their team to wrestle and not have the week off.
They found the Northern Exposure Tournament in Merrill, Wis., and instead of heading northwest to Fargo they headed east to Central Wisconsin for the tournament on Friday and Saturday.
While the Rumble on the Red was an individual tournament, the Northern Exposure tournament was a dual team tournament, so the Sabers had to switch gears that way also.
Shakopee finished in second place at the Northern Exposure tournament after it lost the title dual meet by criteria to Mukwonago when the match ended in a 29-29 tie.
The tournament was different from other tournaments as they drew a number out of a hat to determine what weight class each dual would start at.
In the title match at Mukwanago, the match started at 152 pounds and Brandon Kidd gave the Sabers a quick 3-0 lead with a 7-4 win.
Mukwanago answered with a pin at 160 pounds but Shakopee bounced back with a Connor Raines win at 170 pounds and a Jack Casey major decision at 182 for a 10-6 lead after four matches.
The Indians answered to take a 15-10 lead after the 220-pound match.
Shakopee followed by winning the next four matches to go up 29-15.
Winning in that stretch was Tommy Johnson by disqualification, Pierson Manville and Paxton Creese by a major decision, and Ben Lunn by technical fall.
Mukwonago rallied to win the final four matches and tie the dual meet at 29-29.
All that was left to decide a winner was to go over the criteria. Mukwonago was awarded the dual meet victory on the fifth criteria — most falls. They had two falls while the Sabers had only one.
Shakopee reached the championship bracket by winning its pool with a perfect 5-0 record.
They defeated Waukesha South 69-6, East Troy 71-6, Marinette 72-0, Two Rivers 55-21 and Bay Port 52-19.
In the championship bracket, they defeated Kaukauna 43-24 to advance to the match against Mukwonago.
Brandon Kidd earned his 100th career win
Wrestlers going undefeated were
Pierson Manville 6-0
Paxton Creese 6-0
Ben Lunn 7-0
Brandon Kidd 7-0
Connor Raines 6-0
Tommy Johnson 6-0