KoMets ready to defend their title
During the course of the year, the Kasson-Mantorville wrestling team has vowed to take everything one match and one dual at a time. Such a concept can be hard to do when defending a state championship, but simply defending the title was only part of the plan for the KoMets. They wanted to top what they done a year ago and dominate anybody in their path.
That goal seemed to be at the forefront of the KoMets’ mind last week as they destroyed the Section 1AA dual tournament picking up blowout victories over La Crescent, Byron and Albert Lea to punch their ticket as a team to the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament on March 2.
“I’m really proud of this team,” K-M wrestling coach Jamie Heidt said. “We went through some tough opponents and these kids really take pride in taking home that section championship and getting back to the state tournament.”
The numbers surrounding the KoMets’ performance in the section tournament are mind blowing as they rolled through their opponents by a combined score of 203-10. After picking up an 81-0 win over La Crescent on Thursday night and a 66-3 win over Byron in the semi-final on Saturday afternoon, the KoMets would match up with familiar foe Albert Lea with a trip to state on the line.
The KoMets drew first blood when Bennett Berge earned a decision over Nick Cantu at 106 pounds and Albert Lea gave away points when they forfeited at 113 pounds. With K-M nursing a 9-0 lead, that would set up the match of the dual when Robby Horsman took on Gavin Ignaszewski.
Although Horsman was fighting up from his normal 113 pound weight class, he took Ignazewski to the limit and the match went to overtime. In the extra period, Horsman had an opportunity to score the victory, but Ignazewski would wind up scoring a takedown to pick up one of the few victories the Tigers would get in the championship dual.
Brady Laumb and Keaten Schorr would pick up victories for the KoMets before that and Isaac Haman would score a 6-3 decision over three-time state champion Garrett Aldrich to really get things rolling. From there, Brady Berge, Dalton