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route to a total team score of 334, which was not only good enough for first place but was also 67 points clear of second place finisher D.C. Everest.

The overall results included six individual champions from River Falls, including Aidan Peterson at 120 pounds, Owen Larson at 145 pounds, Miles Longsdorf at 152 pounds, Tyler Haydon at 170 pounds, Gavin Kohel at 182 pounds and Vito Massa at 220 pounds.

For many of the aforementioned champions, it wasn’t their first bracket win and it likely won’t be their last. However, for Aidan Peterson at 120 pounds, it was the first wrestling tournament win of his high school career.

In addition to the champions, River Falls also had some close calls with two secondplace finishers. Jonas Longsdorf took second in the 106pound bracket with a 5-2 loss in the championship. Junior Ricardo Ceja took second place in the 126-pound bracket after he was pinned in just under two minutes in the championship match. The final runner-up was sophomore Jacob Range in the 160-pound bracket. His second-place finish came after an 8-0 defeat in the championship match.

For the Wildcats, it was a week of success that reflects the hard work that head coach Black is always speaking about. River Falls will try to continue with the momentum into their next dual of the season, which is on Thursday, Jan. 13, on the road against Rice Lake. That match is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

January 11, 2022