Isaiah Thompson

K-W’s Isaiah Thompson, pictured last season, had a strong tournament in Bemidji. Thompson lost his first match to Perham’s Gareth Covington and also fell against LPGE-Browerville’s Carter Meiners, but returned to form by winning three of his final four matches, helping the Knights to a 10th place team finish. (Kenyon Leader file photo)

<&firstgraph>The K-W wrestling team had a busy weekend in Bemidji at the Rick Lee Duals, where the Knights faced by far their stiffest competition of the season.

<&firstgraph>The Knights picked up a key win against Class A No. 6 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River, winning by a score of 38-33. But the Knights fell to Class AA’s fourth-ranked team, Perham, by a score of 41-25, and proved to be no match for Class A’s top-ranked team, the LPGE-Browerville Wolves, as the Wolves defeated the Knights 58-3.

<&firstgraph>LPGE-Browerville went on to win the entire tournament, with Bemidji finishing in second and Thief River Falls placing third.

<&firstgraph>The Knights finished 10th out of 16 teams, just behind the Ottertail Central Bulldogs, who beat the Knights 49-24. K-W rebounded after that with a 43-27 win over United North Central and a 46-24 win over Cambridge-Isanti.

<&firstgraph>K-W struggled in the heavier weight classes against Perham but picked up some wins lower down, with Gavin Johnson (106) winning a 5-0 decision over Perham’s Kaden Feldt and Keifer Olson (120) pinning Carson Byer in just 1:01. Bray Olson (145) won a 13-0 major decision over Perham’s Isaac Lung and Jaedin Johnson (152) outlasted Braylon Rach, finally pinning him in 4:45.

<&firstgraph>Perham dominated the rest of the way, however, with the Knights only other win coming in the 195-pound matchup where Carter Quam pinned Aaron Burr in 1:49.

<&firstgraph>K-W faced LPGE-Browerville in its second match, and the Wolves swept every single match until the heavyweight round when K-W’s Armani Tucker outlasted Trey Lancaster in a 4-0 decision. Tyler Craig nearly won the 160-pound matchup but lost an overtime battle to Riley Thom.

<&firstgraph>The Knights’ third opponent was Class A’s sixth-ranked team, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River, and the K-W wrestlers turned in their best performance of the tournament in a 38-33 win.

<&firstgraph>Isaiah Thompson (126) stepped up and picked up a big win for the Knights when he pinned Brogan Beito with one second left in the final period, and Bray Olson (152) came through with a big win as well when he pinned Tristan Locken in just 1:16.

<&firstgraph>Badger/Greenbush-Middle River closed in with three straight wins at 160, 170 and 182, but Quam sealed K-W’s win by pinning Jacob Bergsnev in just 43 seconds.

<&firstgraph>K-W then went on to defeat Cambridge-Isanti 46-24 thanks to another big win by Thompson, as well as wins by Dillon Bartel (132), Alec Johnson (138), Jaedin Johnson (152), Tyler Craig (160) and Logan Meyers (170).

<&firstgraph>Quam also picked up another pin, and Tucker (285) closed things out by pinning Jacob McCabe in 2:27.

<&firstgraph>The Knights also defeated the United North Central Warriors 43-27 before dropping their final match, 49-24, to the Ottertail Central Bulldogs. Against the Bulldogs, only Gavin Johnson (106), Thompson (126), Bray Olson (145), Tyler Craig (170) and Quam (195) were able to pick up wins.

Sports reporter Jason Hommes can be reached at 507-333-3119. Follow him on Twitter @FDNjason. ©Copyright 2019 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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