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Three more wins for Saber wrestling

By Eric Creese, 01/20/19, 11:00PM CST


The Shakopee Sabers traveled to Champlin Park on Saturday to wrestle in the annual Rebel Duals for the 3rd year.

The Sabers extended their four dual winning streak with three more convincing wins outscoring their opponents with a combined score of 158-43

Lakeville South 50-24

Shakopee started off quick in the lower weights picking up bonus wins from their first five matches. Pierson Manvile majored Peyton Herman 12-2 for four team points and was followed by a fall from Paxton Creese, a forfeit for Ben Lunn then two more falls by Tyler Jones and Seth Baken.

After dropping a close overtime decision Brandon Kidd pinned #7 ranked Jacob Rathke at 145. the teams swapped a pair of wins at 152 and 160 when Lakeville South was able to string back to back wins at 170-and 182. But the deficit was too much to over come with Shakopee getting two falls from Joey Johnson at 195 and Tommy Johnson at 285.

Champlin Park 57-6

Shakopee next faced host Champlin Park at they pulled off an upset against Hibbing in the first Round.

The all too familiar scenario played out again with Shakopee jumping out to a size able lead but continued to win every weight until 182 before giving up a fall.

The Sabers registered three technical falls by Paxton Creese, Cole Malone and Connor Raines. Six falls from Tyler Jones, John Kroll, Brandon Kidd, Christian Fielder, Joey Johnson and Tommy Johnson. Three additional forfeits were surrendered to Pierson Manville, Ben Lunn and DJ Smith. 

Brainerd 51-13

In the championship the Sabers would face the Warriors of Brainerd after they made their way to the Championship Dual with wins over Aitkin and St Francis.

Shakopee wasted no time putting up bonus wins by falls from the first four weights for 24 - 0 lead. Seth Bakken  added three more in a sudden victory win over Denny Buseby. 

Shakopee dropped 2 of the next 3 but it was too much for Brainerd to overcome with the Sabers closing out the dual with four more falls in the last five matches.

The Sabers are back in action Thursday when they visit the Lakers of Prior Lake.