Park’s Zach Silvis won his 125th career match and Park split a triangular meet with Irondale and Woodbury Thursday at Cottage Grove.
Irondale edged Park 4636 in the first dual, while the Wolfpack pinned rival Woodbury 60-22 in the final match of the night.
Silvis opened with a fall in 29 seconds against an Irondale wrestler, then scored another quick pin in 13 seconds against a Woodbury opponent.
The Wolfpack ate up the Woodbury Royals with falls in 10 of 14 matches. Scoring pins for Park were Zach Carr, Kyler Jubinal, Silvis, Joey Chilton, LeRoy Olson, Will Deutsch, Sam Lankow, Chris Wilson, Dom Atkins and Alex Carr.
Park’s first four wrestlers: Carr (25 seconds), Jubinal (33 seconds), Silvis (13 seconds) and Chilton (42 seconds) all record pins in less than a minute. Lankow (1:51), Wilson (:29), Atkins (1:52) and Carr (1:13) also had first-period pins.
“They were ready,” said Park coach Jim LaBrosse. “We’ve been talking about it all week, how important it is for section match. They were pretty pumped up.
“Our young guys are really doing well,” LaBrosse added. “Carr, Jubinal, Silvis obviously, Gunner Mullen, LeRoy. We’re really rolling well but we’re trying to get these middle guys learn how to just keep matches closer and get tougher. It’s coming.”
Against Irondale, Park had six wins, all by pins, but picked up no other victories. Winning by falls were Zach Carr, Jubinal, Silvis, Gunner Mullen, Deutsch and Alex Carr.
“Irondale, we started out really good again and then bounced in the middle and upstairs, said LaBrosse. “They’re not a bad team.”
Silvis led Park’s efforts in the mammoth 26-team Minnesota Christmas Tournament at Rochester Regional Sports Center Friday and Saturday.
Silvis (12-1 on the season) took second place at 120 pounds in the tournament. He dropped a hard-fought 5-4 decision in the finals to Alan Koehler (8-0) of Prior Lake. He advanced to the finals with a 3-1 semifinal win over Simley’s Peyton Spychalla. Silvis scored two technical falls in the first two rounds.
At 132 pounds, Park’s Gunner Mullen (10-3) advanced to the fourth round of consolation before being eliminated. He won two decisions and scored technical falls in consolation round three.
At 195 pounds, Alex Carr (6-5) won twice in consolation and splitting two championship round matches. He also advanced to the fourth round of consolation before being eliminated.
Park finished 28th with 57 points in the tournament.
“Congratulations to Zach Silvis on his second-place finish in the Minnesota Christmas tournament — one of the toughest high school tournaments in the country and the highest finish of any Park wrestler ever,” said LaBrosse. “Also congratulations to Gunnar Mullen and Alex Carr on advancing to the blood round, just short of placing in this insane tournament. That is a huge accomplishment. Donovan Earley- Pinder advanced to day two — lots of fight in him this weekend. All of our wrestlers fought hard and the coaches were very proud of every single one of them.
“Three wrestlers were able to complete in the MCT second chance tournament on day two,” LaBrosse continued. “Doug Sabin advanced to the championship match and took home second place. Another highlight for the night – many of our newer wrestlers competing on JV earned big wins that night – lots by pin as well. The coaches are very excited by the progress of our newest wrestlers and how quickly they are applying the new skills they are learning.”