Lightning kick off wrestling season at Monticello duals

Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestlers kicked off their 2010-2011 season with the annual trip to the Monticello Duals on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The tournament has historically provided solid competition and a good early-season test for the local team and this year’s proved to be no different. 
Coach Jason Bartels said that coming into the tournament, even with the fact that over half his starters were not regular varsity starters for last season’s team, his staff felt optimistic about  their chances. 
Seven teams made the trek to the Monticello High School gymnasium on what turned out to be a very snowy morning. 
A-ML, Bloomington Kennedy, Little Falls, New Ulm, North Branch, St. Francis and Monticello went to work at 9 a.m. for the first round of duals.
In their first action of the year the Lightning took on North Branch. 
The Lightning returned several wrestlers with a great deal of varsity experience and looked to get out and be aggressive right away. 
North Branch, whose program has been on a progressive climb over the past few years, looked to be a good challenger for the Lightning. 
A-ML 103-pounder Joe Mosley, put the Lightning on the board with a second-period pin. North Branch matched the score with a fall at 112 pounds. 
The Lightning then went on to dominate the middle weights, winning eight of the next nine matches. 
Jordan Hanan (119 pounds), Matt Fuller (130), Teddy Erickson (152) and Cal Redemske (171) all picked up pins in their matches while Jesse Puncochar (160) rolled up a 17-2 technical fall over Zach Sundly. 
Brady Kalla (140), Nick Anderson (125) and Alex Couette (135) all posted decision wins. Couette’s win, which came in overtime, upended Jake Kostic, who had placed third in last year’s state tournament. 
Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestlers kicked off their 2010-2011 season with the annual trip to the Monticello Duals on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The tournament has historically provided solid competition and a good early-season test for the local team and this year’s proved to be no different. 
Coach Jason Bartels said that coming into the tournament, even with the fact that over half his starters were not regular varsity starters for last season’s team, his staff felt optimistic about  their chances. 
Seven teams made the trek to the Monticello High School gymnasium on what turned out to be a very snowy morning. 
A-ML, Bloomington Kennedy, Little Falls, New Ulm, North Branch, St. Francis and Monticello went to work at 9 a.m. for the first round of duals.
In their first action of the year the Lightning took on North Branch. 
The Lightning returned several wrestlers with a great deal of varsity experience and looked to get out and be aggressive right away. 
North Branch, whose program has been on a progressive climb over the past few years, looked to be a good challenger for the Lightning. 
A-ML 103-pounder Joe Mosley, put the Lightning on the board with a second-period pin. North Branch matched the score with a fall at 112 pounds. 
The Lightning then went on to dominate the middle weights, winning eight of the next nine matches. 
Jordan Hanan (119 pounds), Matt Fuller (130), Teddy Erickson (152) and Cal Redemske (171) all picked up pins in their matches while Jesse Puncochar (160) rolled up a 17-2 technical fall over Zach Sundly. 
Brady Kalla (140), Nick Anderson (125) and Alex Couette (135) all posted decision wins. Couette’s win, which came in overtime, upended Jake Kostic, who had placed third in last year’s state tournament. More information appears in this week's Messenger.
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