Woodbury wrestling: Royals’ Herold-Plakut, Donnelly place at Rumble on the RedWoodbury’s Justin Herold-Plakut and Ben Donnelly both finished on the podium as the Royals wrestling team battled in one of the country’s largest wrestling tournaments – The Rumble on the Red at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, Woodbury Bulletin
Woodbury’s Justin Herold-Plakut and Ben Donnelly both finished on the podium as the Royals wrestling team battled in one of the country’s largest wrestling tournaments – The Rumble on the Red, held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29 and 30, at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.
The tournament played host to 60 teams from six states – Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Alaska.
As a team, Woodbury finished in a tie for 31st place with 54 points along with Windom. Scott West, which is ranked third in the state in Class AA, won the tournament with 207 points.
Herold-Plakut, a sophomore, earned fourth place at 132 pounds and Donnelly, a freshman, finished in third place at 138 pounds.
After the tournament, Woodbury lost a pair of matches in a triangular on Thursday, Jan. 5, falling to Suburban East Conference foe Roseville 48-23 and to non-conference opponent Minneapolis South 35-34.
The Royals were without key wrestlers Herold-Plakut and Connor Harreld, who were out due to illness.
Winning for Woodbury against Roseville was: Ty Johnson, Matt Lundblad, Kevin Beseman, Donnelly and Howard Jones. Against Minneapolis South, Johnson, David Beseman, Roberts, Donnelly, Jones, Anthony Doreo and Tucker Benjamin earned wins. It was Benjamin’s first varsity win.
Most recently, Woodbury placed ninth out of 14 teams at an invitational in Cannon Falls. Donnelly (18-3) led the way for the Royals, earning first place, beating two ranked wrestlers on the way to the title. In the championship match, Donnelly, who is ranked third in the state, beat Eric Bauer of Hastings – a multiple state placer who is currently ranked fourth in the state and who had beaten him three times previously. Also, Plakut (16-5) returned for the tournament and captured third place. Johnson (14-6) also took home third place honors by pinning his opponent in that match. Jones (18-6) brought home the consolation title.
Next, Woodbury plays host to fourth-ranked SEC foe Forest Lake on Thursday, Jan. 12.