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Johnson and Thooft win titles at Morris Invite

Senior Jordan Thooft pins Blake Amundson of West Central Area in the opening round of the 170 pound weight class. Thooft was one of two Tigers to win titles at the Morris Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 8.1 / 3
Senior Dillan Johnson captured the 138 pound title at the Morris Invitational on Saturday. Pictured here wrestling Ben Marx of Fosston-Bagley in the semifinal round.2 / 3
Aaron Nelson ready to attack West Central Area wrestler on Saturday, Feb. 8 in Morris. Nelson placed fifth at Saturdays invite.3 / 3


The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints crowned six champions and won the Tiger Invitational Saturday, Feb. 8 in Morris.

K-M-S scored 247 points and MAHACA was second at 171, having five wrestlers in the finals and crowning two champions.

Senior Myles Smith, junior Jacob Sperr and sophomore Travis Ostby were all runner-ups. Seniors Dillan Johnson and Jordan Thooft won their respective titles Saturday afternoon, while eight other Tigers placed in the tournament.

The Tigers’ middle weights followed up their previous night’s success with an outstanding showing at the Morris Invite. Ostby, the No. 2 seed at 132 pounds, started his drive to the championship match with a fall over Drake Pierce of Benson. In the semifinals, Ostby pinned Derek Krieger of K-M-S in 2:26. In the title match, Ostby went up against No. 4 ranked Jordan Engler of K-M-S and was pinned in :31 seconds.

Johnson was the No. 1 seed at 138 pounds, pinning Mark Erickson of Breckenridge in 1:23 in the first round. In the semifinals, Johnson defeated Ben Marx of Fosston-Bagley 4-2, then beat Aaron Collins of K-M-S 8-2 for the 138 pound championship title.

Smith was the No. 3 seed at 145 pounds. He pinned Joseph Eustice of Ortonville in :36 seconds in the first round and won by injury default over the No. 2 seed Jake Knettel of Holdingford to get him to the title match. Smith was defeated in the championship by No. 1 seed Alexi Bode of Fosston-Bagley 12-8.

Thooft was the No. 1 seed at 170 pounds, defeating Blake Amundson of West Central Area by a pin in :53 seconds. Then in the semis, he defeated Isaac Cloos of Ortonville 9-2 before defeating Travis Lamecker of K-M-S 14-12 for the 170 pound title.

The final Tiger championship round was Jacob Sperr at 285 pounds. Sperr was the No. 2 seed, receiving a bye in the first round. In the semis, he defeated Matthew Collins of K-M-S 10-5 and was pinned by the No. 1 seed Derreck Pillatzki of Ortonville in 2:10 in the championship match.

The MAHACA Tigers are seeded third in Section 3AA-North bracket and take on Quad County on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Dawson. The Tigers lost to Quad County in a triangular last Monday, Feb. 3 by a final score of 48-21, but if the Tigers can swing the momentum in their direction at the beginning of the evening, they could see the subsection finals against No. 1 seed United (Dawson-Boyd/LQPV/Montevideo) on Friday, Feb. 14.

Team scoring

(1) Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 247 (2) Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta 171 (3) West Central Area 147.5 (4) Fosston/Bagley 140 (5) Benson 122 (6) Holdingford 101 (7) Ortonville 80.5 (8) Breckenridge 45

How MAHACA fared

106: Matt Munsterman 2-1 (third); 113: Ben Koehl 2-1 (fifth); 120: Jared Rohloff 1-1 (fifth); 126: Mitchell Ascheman 2-1 (fifth); 132: Travis Ostby 2-1 (second); 138: Dillan Johnson 3-0 (first); 145: Myles Smith 2-1 (second); 152: Jerid Berning 0-2; 160: Danny Tracy 1-2 (sixth); 170: Jordan Thooft 3-0 (champion); Steven Koehl 0-2; 182: Aaron Nelson 2-1 (fifth); 220: Alex Gausman 2-1 (third); 285: Jacob Sperr 1-1 (second); Taylor Zeltwanger 1-1 (fifth)

Brooke Kern

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