Section 7A bracket

The Aitkin Gobbler wrestlers were on the home mat Feb. 6 for their last dual meet of the regular season, honoring their only senior wrestler, Nathan Rom. In front of a full gym of roaring fans, the Gobblers wrestled their way to a 41-32 victory over the Zimmerman Thunder.

Aitkin had added on a tournament to make up for some of the matches missed due to the weather and it proved to be a good day for the wrestlers, with 13 of the guys placing at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Invitational on Saturday.

The Gobblers enter into section action with the 7A team tournament at Royalton on Saturday, Feb. 15. Aitkin will go into the tournament with a 13-8 regular season record. Teams were to be seeded Monday with match-ups not yet announced at press time. Section 7A teams are Aitkin, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena, Crosby-Ironton, Deer River, Holdingford, Mille Lacs, Ogilvie, Royalton, Rush City-Braham and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Nevis. The opening round is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., followed by semi-finals with finals at approximately 3 p.m. to determine which team will represent Section 7A at the State tournament Feb. 27. Individual sections will be wrestled Saturday, Feb. 22 at Rush City.

Aitkin, 41

Zimmerman, 32

106-Nathan Trotter won a 9-4 decision over Ryley Chapman.

113-Marshall Larson wrestled a 20-4 technical fall in 4:55 over Kellen Martin.

120-Carson Kullhem pinned Sam Miller in 4:27.

126-Nathan Rom got the takedown in sudden death overtime for a 9-7 victory over Joe Montplaisir.

132-Walker Jones pinned Michael Johnson in 4:27.

138-Jack Grell took the forfeit for Aitkin.

145-Jacob Williams fell to Thunder power, Joe Gardas.

152-Dan Decent fell to Steven Weiser.

160-Andy Hayes lost by fall to Sam Freeberg.

170-Hunter Hills lost a 3-11 major decision to Thunder senior, Ryan Bouley.

182- Zach Leitinger lost a 2-12 major to Aiden Pardino.

195-Aitkin was open.

220-With the Gobblers down 29-32, Nathan Stifter pinned Kameron Arieta in 1:57.

Hwt.-Bringing the crowd to their feet, Sam Ostrode pinned Taylor Clapp in 1:30.

Flynn Strong, Tanner Hills, Corey Hill and Tyler Decent won exhibition matches for the JV.


At 106 pounds, sophomore Marshall Larson brought home the gold and also pegged his 75th career varsity win, going 4-0 at the HLWW Invite at Howard Lake on Saturday.

Finishing in second place for Aitkin were 126-Nathan Rom, 2-1; 120-Carson Kullhem, 3-1; 132-Walker Jones, 2-1 and 145-Jacob Williams, 2-1. Placing fourth were 170-Hunter Hills, 1-2 and 160-Tyler Decent, 2-2. 106-Nathan Trotter, 3-1; 152-Dan Decent, 2-2 and 220-Nathan Stifter, 1-2 placed fifth and 132- Tanner Hills, 2-3; 113-James Erickson, 0-3 and Hwt.-Sam Ostrode, 1-3 finished in sixth place. 145-Corey Hill, 17-Zach Leitinger and 182-Jacob Espeseth also wrestled in the full-day tournament.

Aitkin finished in third place out of the 10 teams represented with 133 team points. Watertown/Mayer Lutheran topped the tourney with 158 points, followed by Annandale/Mountain Lake with 135. Other teams included  BOLD, Hibbing, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Mound Westonka, Redwood Valley and Roccori.

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