Wrestling: Chatfield denies Ponies third straight title at Stampede

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Stillwater wrestling team was unable to complete the three-peat, but showed progress during a rare home appearance on Saturday while placing second at the eight-team Pony Stampede at Stillwater Area High School.

The Ponies (8-13), who have won this event each of the previous two years, advanced to the finals with victories over North St. Paul (75-6) and Bloomington Kennedy (38-23) before falling to Chatfield 43-27 in the finals. Chatfield, which is ranked ninth in Class A, defeated the Ponies 66-11 earlier this season.

“I think we’ve got a lot of confidence that when we get our lineup intact like we did on Saturday that we can wrestle with some of the really good teams, and Chatfield is a really good team,” Ponies coach Rich Keller said. “They had beaten us pretty good early this season at Park. Overall, we wrestled pretty well in all three duals.”

This marked Stillwater’s first competition held at SAHS this season, following a triangular meet that was held at Stillwater Junior High School to open the season.

Five Ponies won all three of their matches on Saturday, including Christian Bahl (113 pounds), Austin Jordan (132), Grant Wohlwend (160), Sebastian Dingle (182) and Ryan Peltier, who pinned all three of his opponents at heavyweight.

Jordan (20-5) also won all three of his matches by fall, including a victory over previously unbeaten and second-ranked Harvey Friederichs of Chatfield. Stillwater’s other victories against the Gophers came via pins by Bahl, Dingle and Peltier and a 6-0 decision by Wohlwend over Austin Dahl. Wohlwend has filled in nicely in place of Reid Vollmar, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

“Austin was behind, but caught him in a headlock and pinned him,” Keller said. “It was a great match, back and forth. Austin wrestled really well and when you beat an undefeated kid you’re doing pretty good. Grant also won against a pretty decent kid.”

Bahl (17-7) had lost to Ty Van Sickel 4-0 earlier this season, but was in control throughout the match on Saturday while pinning him in 4:38.

“Christian just dominated him,” Keller said. “(Bahl) hasn’t lost to anybody that was not a really good kid. He’s maybe lost more than he thought he might, but he’s just a tough kid and he’ll be fine in the end.”

Dillan Nelson gave up a late takedown to fall short in a 10-9 loss against A.J. Riley at 126 pounds,

Earlier on Saturday, the Ponies won eight of 14 matches in the semifinal victory over Kennedy, which easily defeated Somerset 57-21 in the third-place match. The Ponies did not give up a pin against the Eagles.

Bahl recorded a 16-1 technical fall and the Ponies also received pins from Jordan, Dingle and Peltier.

“We had talked all week that we were probably the second or third best team in the tournament and we’d have to wrestle well to be competitive and give ourselves a chance to win,” Keller said. “Looking at the stats, we did not give up any near falls, which is pretty impressive. We’re starting to hit a stride here a little bit. We’re winning some close matches and trying to eliminate giving up bonus points, which is critical late in the season.”

After giving up a forfeit in the opening match against the Polars, Stillwater reeled off 13 straight victories in the quarterfinals, including pins by Wayde Hall, Nelson, Jordan, Matt Riehle, David Olson, Dingle, Haden Hausken and Peltier.

n Also on Saturday, the Stillwater JV team finished first at this event for the first time in recent memory. The Ponies defeated North St. Paul (46-12), Bloomington Kennedy (36-18) and Chatfield (42-30). Chris Bradley, who joined Joey Shade, Gavin Keogh, Nate Powers and Jason Wood in going undefeated in the tournament, recorded a pin at 220 pounds to clinch the team victory over Chatfield in the finals.

“I can’t remember the last time they won it, but they wrestled a great match in the finals,” Keller said.


Pony Stampede


Chatfield 61, River Falls 16

Somerset 33, Minneapolis South 31

Stillwater 75, North St. Paul 6

Bloomington Kennedy 54, Mahtomedi 6


Chatfield 63, Somerset 13

Stillwater 38, Bloomington Kennedy 23


River Falls 43, Mahtomedi 21

Minneapolis South 51, North St. Paul 21


Seventh place — Mahtomedi 43, North St. Paul 20

Fifth place — Minneapolis South 37, River Falls 33

Third place — Bloomington Kennedy 57, Somerset 21

First place — Chatfield 43, Stillwater 27


Chatfield 43, Stillwater 27

106 — Jared Goldsmith (Ch) won by forfeit; 113 — Christian Bahl (St) pinned Ty Van Sickel, 4:38; 120 — Hank Friederichs (Ch) major dec. Wayde Hall, 12-4; 126 — A.J. Riley (Ch) dec. Dillan Nelson, 10-9; 132 — Austin Jordan (St) pinned Harvey Friederichs, 4:25; 138 — Ryan Meeker (Ch) pinned Andy Jordan, 2:26; 145 — Ethan Wright (Ch) pinned Matt Riehle, 5:59; 152 — Alex Haffner (Ch) dec. Collin Olson, 5-2; 160 — Grant Wohlwend (St) dec. Austin Dahl, 6-0; 170 — Cody Bly (Ch) pinned David Olson, 1:18; 182 — Sebastian Dingle (St) pinned Sam Fryer, 3:31; 195 — Jacob Bleess (Ch) pinned Mitchell Schertz, 4:53; 220 — Justin Viss (Ch) dec. Haden Hausken, 5-0; 285 — Ryan Peltier (St) pinned Monte Flores, 3:22.


Stillwater 38, Bloomington Kennedy 23

106 — Bryce Hill (BK) won by forfeit; 113 — Christian Bahl (St) tech fall Jake Liecht, 16-1; 120 — John Maiers (BK) major dec. Gabe Lebougeois, 9-0; 126 — Dillan Nelson (St) dec. Jackson Judge, 11-6; 132 — Austin Jordan (St) pinned Kevin Portillo, :41; 138 — Orhan Azizi (BK) major dec. Andy Jordan, 12-2; 145 — Matt Riehle (St) dec. Hunter Judge, 5-4; 152 — Logan Judge (BK) dec. Collin Olson, 6-2; 160 — Grant Wohlwend (St) dec. Taylor Brown, 2-0; 170 — David Olson (St) dec. Charlie Keith, 16-13; 182 — Sebastian Dingle (St) pinned Luke Coutier, 3:43; 195 — Jay Robinson (BK) dec. Mitchell Schertz, 5-4; 220 — John Riebel (BK) dec. Haden Hausken, 5-3; 285 — Ryan Peltier (St) pinned Malique Trumbo, 2:15.


Stillwater 75, North St. Paul 6

106 — Jordan Stebbins (NSP) won by forfeit; 113 — Christian Bahl (St) dec. Louie Varland, 9-4; 120 — Wayde Hall (St) pinned Josh Hurley, 1:29; 126 — Dillan Nelson (St) pinned Greg Beiver, :27; 132 — Austin Jordan (St) pinned Demarcus Dugas, 2:23; 138 — Ben Sweet (St) won by forfeit; 145 — Matt Riehle (St) pinned Dillion Carlson, 3:13; 152 — Collin Olson (St) won by forfeit; 160 — Grant Wohlwend (St) won by forfeit; 170 — David Olson (St) pinned Alex Nelson, 2:58; 182 — Sebastian Dingle (St) pinned Jason Carlson, 1:21; 195 — Mitchell Schertz (St) won by forfeit; 220 — Haden Hausken (St) pinned Jordan Hopkins, :36; 285 — Ryan Peltier (St) pinned Kotas Rowe, 1:08.