The Northfield Norse wrestlers traveled to Rochester Saturday to compete in the Rochester Super 8. The Northfield wrestlers went out hard and brought home a second place team performance.
Northfield started out the day by defeating Southwood 46-21. Hunter Wells, Spencer Miller, Joseph Ross, Dustin Lee and Tanner Chamberlain all pinned. Tech falls were registered by Jaren Kirtlan and Kyle Houlihan, while Caleb Augustus and Thomas Rockenbaugh registered deciscions.
During the first round against Southwood, Jared Kirtlan broke the school record for takedowns in a season with 73. The record was held by his brother Eric, who helps coach the Norse.
Northfield next took on Tippe Valley and came away with a decisive 54-21 win. Pinning for the Norse were Wells, Miller, RJ Waldon, Ross, Lee, Jacob Books and Jared Kirtlan. Augustus and Chamberlain won by decision and Cody Curless received a forfeit.
The last match for the Norse were the host Rochester Zebras. The Norse wrestlers came out strong again and prevailed 49-27 to win pool A with a 3-0 record. Recording pins were Wells, Miller, Waldon, Books and Kirtlan. Houlihan tech falled his opponent, Chamberlain won by decision while Ross and Curless both received forfeits.
In the championship pool the Norse defeated Clinton Central 41-24 in the first round. Recording pins were Houlihan, Ross, and Curless. Coming away with decisions were Wells, Miller, and Rockenbaugh. Augustus won by major decision, Chamberlain tech falled his opponent while Lee received a forfeit.
In the last round Northfield suffered a tough 9 point loss to the Super 8 winners West Central 31-40. Pinning for the Norse were Augustus and Ross. Miller captured a major decision while Kirtlan won by decision and Partick Armfield received a forfeit.
Individual champions in their weight classes were Hunter Wells at 152 lbs, Spencer Miller at 160 lbs and Joseph Ross at 195 lbs. Congratulations go to all the team members for a great day of wrestling. Northfield’s varsity record is now 11-6.
Quote(s) by Coach __Gary Norman______: This was a great day of wrestling for the kids. We stepped it up a couple notches today and it paid off for us. We still have a lot to work on as we head into conference and sectional.
We need to step it up Tuesday as we finish our dual meet season against conference rival Whitko. We all need to keep our focus on wrestling as we honor our seniors in our last match.
The Southwood wrestling team showed improvement as they posted a 3-2 mark at Rochester. Colton Dawes(106lbs) and Jonathon Freidersdorf(132lbs) put together their best efforts this season and along with Jake Smith(285lbs) finished their day 5-0. Nick McCown earned a 4-1 mark at 170lbs wrestling very good competition. Will Adams put together a 3-2 mark at 145lbs and at 160lbs Skyler Winget split his matches 2-2.