Thursday, Dec. 5, the Mille Lacs Raider wrestling team opened their season by taking on the Ogilvie Lions and the Holdingford Huskers in a triangular meet at Ogilvie High. The evening ended with a split for the black and gold, as who beat Ogilvie, 54-24, but dropped the match to Holdingford, 28-45.
Against Ogilvie, the Raiders jumped out early getting three straight pins: a :41 fall from Zach Remer, who was wrestling in his first ever varsity match, Chase Calander, also earning his first varsity win with a third-period pin and Cam Wilkes, who grabbed a fall in, 1:41. Bailey Geist added a pin at 132 to keep the Raiders rolling.
Ethan Benson got a forfeit and Brad Bernu and Nate Strang added pins to push the Raider lead to 18. Colin Goor racked up a second-period pin and Josh Golombowski finished off the match with a fall in the first period.In the second match, the Raiders once again got a win at 106 from Zach Remer and from Cam Wilkes at 126, but trailed the Huskers 10-12. After Loren Anderson was awarded a forfeit, Daniel Miller grabbed an impressive 10-6 win at 152 and Ethan Benson notched a quick pin to pull to within seven points fof the Huskers. But, Holdingford won the next two matches to increase their lead. Colin Goor earned his second pin of the evening, but the Huskers won the last two matches to close out the night. Raiders’ coach Josh Hughley was really impressed with the performance the squad put forth, saying, “We had a lot of guys take the mat for the first time tonight and we had a some guys return to the mat after some time off. Tonight we got a few wins out of those we needed to but dropped a few we should have won.”