Taking the mat by force

Freshman Hunter Malachek, of Maple Lake, puts up a fight against No. 2 ranked Tyler Funk, a senior from Foley. The rookie resisted the pin and lost by tech fall.


After a 47-24 loss to the AA state-ranked Foley Falcons on Tuesday, the Annandale-Maple Lake boys wrestled back with a set of impressive wins, especially against the accomplished Mound-Westonka Whitehawks and Waconia Wildcats Thursday.
The Lightning walked into Waconia High School as heavy underdogs, but soon proved their worth, handling Mound-Westonka 38-28. After a short break, the boys then proceeded to strike the home team Wildcats 43-19.
This wasn't it for ANML, however. With Saturday came the Columbia Heights Invitational tournament with Minneapolis Patrick-Henry, St. Paul Washington, Spectrum, Austin, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Totino-Grace, Park Center, Minneapolis Roosevelt and the hometown Columbia Heights high schools. The grapplers dominated the opposition scoring 219.0 points, 86 points ahead of the second-place Patrick-Henry.
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