OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Stillwater wrestling team rolled past Roseville 60-18 in Thursday’s Suburban East Confernece dual meet at Stillwater Area High School, setting the Ponies up for a chance to win their first conference championship since 1997.
It won’t be easy, but Stillwater (7-1 SEC, 14-16) can earn a share of the league title with a victory at eighth-ranked Hastings (8-0, 16-8) in the regular season finale on Thursday.
“The kids put them in this situation to do that and they’re feeling confident that we can go out there and wrestle well,” Ponies coach Rich Keller said. “You always want a chance to hold your own destiny and we’ll see what happens.”
With the Ponies celebrating Senior Night, Parents Night and Youth Wrestling Night all in the same evening, there was a nice crowd on hand to watch them overwhelm Roseville with victories in 11 of 14 matches. Stillwater jumped out to a 27-0 lead and remained in control throughout. Roseville also forfeited to the Ponies at four weight classes.
“Roseville is struggling right now, but you can’t take anything away from our kids going out there and wrestling hard,” Keller said.
Wayde Hall and Austin Jordan recorded pins in the first period for Stillwater at 120 and 126 pounds and Dillan Nelson followed with a 9-4 decision over December Htoo, who is one of Roseville’s top wrestlers.
The Ponies also outscored Roseville 27-0 from 145 to 182 pounds, including pins by Collin Olson at 152 pounds and David Olson at 170 ounds. Grant Wohlwend also provided a 12-6 victory over Hsinky Lay at 160 pounds. Haden Hauske notched Stillwater’s final victory with a pin against John Falkowski in 3:45 at 220 pounds.
With one dual meet remaining, Collin Olson (6-0), Austin Jordan (8-0) and Sebastian Dingle (7-0) remain undefeated against conference opponents.
Stillwater honored 10 seniors on Thursday, including: Dustin Burton, Sebastian Dingle, Wayde Hall, Andy Jordan, Austin Jordan, Adam Klover, David Olson, Matt Riehle, Joey Shade and Reid Volmar.
“When you stick out the four years and endure four seasons and all the trials and tribulations that occur, it’s a great honor they can last until the end,” Keller said. “It shows what kind of young men they are to do that.”
n Woodbury, which handed the Ponies their only SEC setback this season, blitzed White Bear lake 51-19 on Thursday which would appear to give the Royals in the inside track on the No. 1 seed for the Section 4AAA team tournament, which will be held at Stillwater on Feb. 16.
n Four Ponies will be competing at this weekend’s Ninth Grade Individual State Tournament at Champlin Park, including Jason Wood, Ben Sweet, Gavin Keogh and James Huntley.
Stillwater 60, Roseville 18
106 — Patrick Stokes (St) won by forfeit; 113 — Christian Bahl (St) won by forfeit; 120 — Wayde Hall (St) pinned Jacob Fattalone, 1:44; 126 — Austin Jordan (St) pinned Hans Knutson, 1:43; 132 — Dillan Nelson (St) dec. December Htoo, 9-4; 138 — Tyler Graham (Ros) pinned Andy Jordan, 5:47; 145 — John Huntley (St) won by forfeit; 152 — Collin Olson (St) pinned David Casper, 1:25; 160 — Grant Wohlwend (St) dec. Hsinky Lay, 12-6; 170 — David Olson (St) pinned Hayden Prenzlow, :52; 182 — Sebastian Dingle (St) won by forfeit; 195 — Trea Story (Ros) pinned Mitchell Schertz, 1:22; 220 — Haden Hausken (St) pinned John Falkowski, 3:45; 285 — Josh Klimek (Ros) pinned Ryan Peltier, 1:43.
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