Z-M traveled to Owatonna on Thursday for a matchup with a pair of Class AAA teams. The Cougars performed well against the competition, narrowly losing 30-28 to Albert Lea and 35-25 to No. 8-ranked Owatonna.
The two-point loss to the Tigers was a result of Albert Lea landing a tech fall. Both teams won seven matches and both teams had two wins by fall. Winning matches for Z-M were Tanner Mancilman at 160 pounds and Ethan Kovars (220) by fall, Gabe Tupper (195) with an 18-5 major decision, Jack Krier (106) in a 7-1 decision, Ben Murray (132) in a 9-7 decision, Beau Jurrens (145) in a 3-2 decision and Ryan Lexvold (170) in a 3-0 decision.
Against Owatonna, the Cougars won six matches — one by fall and another due to a forfeit. Krier (106) got Z-M on the board with a first-period pin, followed by a 8-3 decision win by Myles Ramer (113) to give the Cougars a 9-0 lead two matches in. Murray (132) won in a 6-2 decision and through the first five matches, Z-M led 12-10. The middleweights were troublesome for Z-M though and they lost their next six matches before Gabe Tupper (195) won in a 7-1 decision, Logan Jacobs (220) by forfeit, and Ethan Kovars (285) in an 8-0 major decision.
Z-M, 5-5 as a team, is next scheduled to wrestle Goodhue and GMLOS at home on Tuesday.
Lake City splits home triangular
Lake City tasted victory and defeat Thursday at its home triangular as the Tigers edged Cannon Falls 50-24 but lost 40-30 to Chatfield — the third-ranked Section 1A team. The loss to the Gophers was the first time Lake City has lost a team dual since Feb. 6 when it faced Dover-Eyota and Zumbrota-Mazeppa.
Against Cannon Falls, the Tigers recorded five of their nine match wins via forfeit. Of their four wins decided on the mat, three were won by fall. Steven Ramirez got things started at 120 pounds, followed by Elijah Dodd (126) and Sam Nutt (182). Dominic Goihl-Krier (170) was the other match winner for Lake City, in a 5-4 decision.
In the Chatfield matchup, every match was decided on the mat. Lake City recorded six wins, four of them by fall. Winning with a pin were Jonathan Harvey (145), Luke Becker (152), Nutt (195) and Max Balow (285). Others earning wins were Dodd (126) in a 7-3 decision and Luke Skifton (132) in an 8-5 decision.
Lake City, 13-3 as a team, is next scheduled for a triangular in Triton on Saturday morning.