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Sabers tame the Wildcats

By Eric Creese, 01/31/19, 8:30PM CST


The Shakopee Saber wrestling team continued its undefeated dual campaign versus MSHSL opponents with a 59 – 4 drubbing of South Suburban Conference foe Eagan Thursday night.

Shakopee 31-3, got it going quickly with the lightweight starters pushing the Sabers fast with three falls in a row by Pierson Manville, Paxton Creese and Ben Lunn.

Tyler Jones added a technical fall over Austin Kalina at 126 pounds for a 23-0 lead.

Eagan got on the board at 132 pounds with a major decision for four points by Michael Murphy over John Kroll, but that would be the last points the Wildcats would earn the rest of the dual.

Freshman Riley Quern got things started again for the Sabers with a hard fought 2-1 decision over senior Andrew Wick.

Senior Brandon Kidd added four more with a major decision win over Ty Gage 8-0, extending the score 30-4.

Shakopee then added a fall by DJ Smith and a major decision  by Connor Raines at 152 and 160 pounds adding 10 more team points.

At this point the dual was in hand for the Sabers when Jack Casey, back from some down time, got rolling with a dominating major decision in his first action back on the mat.

 Joey Johnson added another W in the win column with a decision at 182, over Carter Lyons, as did his twin brother Tommy with a fall at 285.

Calvin Hartman picked up a forfeit at 195 for Shakopee.


Junior Connor Raines joined the century club with his 100th win. The Sabers have had 4 wrestlers eclipse the 100 win-mark this season.

Five more falls for the Sabers bringing the season varsity total falls to 187.

It was senior night for Shakopee and the following 6 seniors were recognized.

Wrestlers Tyler Jones, Brandon Kidd, Zachary Coleman and Juan Espinoza.

Managers Julia King and Kayla Ferris.

Next up for the Sabers is the “Mike Fasnacht Memorial” this Saturday at Janesville Waldorf Pemberton High School.