Above: Alex Bertram (sophomore, 145 lbs) rides Tanner Schreifels of Kimball. Alex won the match 6-2. Bottom left: Ryan Thompson (sophomore, 160 lbs) reverses Sterling Carlson of Cannon Falls. Middle right: Matt Hintz (senior, 182#) attempts to take down Anthony Doreo of Woodbury. Matt won the match 4-3. Bottom right: Chris Kline (8th grade, 106 lbs) works to turn Peter Fitterer of Cannon Falls. Chris would win the match by pin in 1:34. Photo by Chris Douglas
By Ryan Radke
The Byron wrestling team went to Fargo, ND over Winter Break to participate in the Rumble on the Red which is a 60+ Individual Varsity and JV Tournament. "We go to this tournament for so many reasons. We see so many different kids from so many states and the competition is so tough. It's right up there with the State Tournament but we want kids to get those tough matches especially at this time of year so we see where we're at. It's also great because of the venue which is in the Fargodome so the kids get to wrestle in a venue that holds about 22 mats. It helps them prepare for Sections and State wrestling in that atmosphere. We also like that the kids get to team bond and see some great wrestling. This tournament is also great because it has a JV portion to the tournament and some younger varsity kids can wrestle in that to be competitive and get some quality matches. This year was great because everyone won at least one match which has never happened before. Overall we wrestled pretty good. No on placed on the varsity side but Nick Douglas was one match away. Nathaniel Douglas (Placed 8th)and Matt Petersen (Placed 7th) placed on the JV side wrestling extremely well. Overall we did well but still have plenty to work on to get ready for Sections."
Cannon Falls Tournament
The Byron Wrestlers came back after the Winter Break to wrestling in a tough Cannon Falls tournament that included the Varsity and the Junior Varsity. "We wrestled well again I thought at this tournament both Varsity and JV wise. We had 8 of the 10 guys on the Varsity side place and got some guys back who haven't wrestled in a while. The JV kids wrestled extremely well. We have quite a few that are new to the sport but they are all physical which I love. They just need some more mat time but I was impressed with how they all wrestled." Winning the Hammer for Varsity was Tanner Long and for JV Taytan Tierney.