Jenkins earns 100th win as LARP wrestlers split matches at team section meet

PHOTO BY SCOTT JONSGAARD Gable Speltz defeated Section A #9 ranked Maddox O’Reilly of Goodhue.
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Tri-County Record
Scott Bestul

Screamin’ Eagles standout Dominic Jenkins achieved a major milestone last week, notching his 100th career win at the Section 1A meet in Goodhue.

  Jenkins and the 7th-seeded LARP grapplers won their first contest, besting the Wabasha-Kellogg (W-K) Falcons in their first matchup of the day. But shortly after that event, LARP faced off against the host #2-ranked Goodhue Wildcats, who not only beat the Screamin’ Eagles, but went on to take the Section 1A team title. The Wildcats held off the wrestlers from Caledonia/Houston (who upset top-ranked Zumbrota-Mazeppa to advance to the championship) 33-27. Goodhue will compete in the MSHSL Class A State Meet Feb 28 in St. Paul.

LARP vs. W-K

The Screamin’ Eagles enjoyed one of their most impressive team efforts of the season against the conference-rival Falcons, notching wins in the first four contested matches enroute to a 45-18 victory. Tyler Kreidermacher got things started for LARP when he scored a 11-9 sudden victory over W-K’s Chris Cushman at 105 pounds. Jordan Zibrowski followed with a fall at 0:37 over Dante Ragone in their 113-pound bout. Ross Herber made it three in a row for LARP when he scored his own fall at 1:24 over Terrik Miller at 120. Carter Jonsgaard then made short work of W-K’s Nate Irish at 126, scoring a fall at 0:45.

After a Gable Speltz forfeit victory at 132, W-K finally got on the board when Tagen Miller managed a fall over Caleb Mueller at 3:14 of their 138-pound match. Devin Beier then prevailed in an 11-6 decision over LARP’s Kolton Riser at 152 pounds, and Tanner Sanderson held on for a 13-10 decision over Jacob Meyer at 160. Jack Rodeghier notched the last W-K win of the day in the 170-pound match, where he scored a fall at 3:17 over Jackson Koverman. LARP benefitted from forfeits in the last two weight classes (182 and 285) to seal the victory.

LARP vs. Goodhue   

Despite the 20-51 score, the Screamin’ Eagles matched up quite well against the eventual-champion Wildcats. LARP actually tied Goodhue 5-5 in contested matches, but the host team got a big boost from forfeits in four weight classes and grabbed the win.

LARP grapplers got off to a huge start, winning four of the first five matchups. Tyler Kreidermacher scored a 3-1 decision over the Wildcats’ Lucas Bortz at 106, before Makae O’Reilly answered with a fall at 1:36 in his 113-pound match with LARP’s Jordan Zibrowski. Ross Herber kick-started a LARP trifecta, scoring a 10-0 major decision over Ryley Christenson at 120. Carter Jonsgaard followed with his second win of the day, a 15-1 major decision over Goodhue’s Carson Morken at 126. LARP’s Gable Speltz capped the run with a 5-2 decision over Maddox O’Reilly at 132.

The Wildcats got back on track in the 138-pound bout, when Bjorn Otterness managed a 6-2 decision over Caleb Mueller, and Travis Gadient scored a fall at 4:30 of his 145-pound match with Kolton Riser. Dominic Jenkins grabbed the last LARP win of the day, scoring a fall at 3:36 over Bradyn Hinsch in their bout at 152. In the last two contested matches, Kelby O’Reilly bested Noah Herber with a fall at 1:43 of their 170-pound contest. Then Kaleb O’Reilly held on to score a fall at 5:31 of his 182-pound match with LARP’s Noah Herber. Goodhue enjoyed forfeits in each of the last three weight classes.


The Screamin’ Eagles next action will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 at the individual Class 1A Section Meet at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.