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Wrestling: Woodbury, East Ridge fight with every dual, match

Royce Hogue tried to stay on top of a Stillwater wrestler on Thursday night. Hogue lost the match by a 16-3 final score. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Roman Rogotzke tried to find an opening to attack a Stillwater wrestler. He won his match 9-8 in the final seconds. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Marco Cavallaro pinned his Stillwater opponent on Thursday night. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

 The Royals hosted the Woodbury Duals on Saturday with eight teams in attendance.

Woodbury fed off of the home attendance throughout the entire day and it led to some good duals for the Royals.

The first dual for Woodbury was against Cambridge. After all the matches, the two teams were tied 33-33 causing the dual to go to the ninth tiebreaker which is most first points earned by a team.

That tiebreaker went to Cambridge and Woodbury lost the first dual with a final score of 34-33.

Then, the Royals went on to wrestle Henry Sibley and Woodbury dominated from the first match. The Royals came out with the 63-13 victory.

Woodbury had strong production from upperclassmen as Cole West, Brady Moesenthin, Brock Rinehart and Donald Nde all went undefeated.

After a big Saturday, the Royals are preparing for a busy week next week as Woodbury hosts a quadrangular on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Lakeville South, Tartan and highly-ranked Mounds View will be attending on Thursday. Then, on Friday, Dec. 14, the Royals will travel to Chisago Lakes for a 15-team individual tournament.

East Ridge

The Raptors hosted a triangular on Thursday night as Minnetonka and Stillwater traveled to the Perch for a strong competition.

East Ridge started off the night against Minnetonka, and the Raptors took over the match and won giving them momentum heading into a tough battle with Stillwater.

The Ponies started off strong and ended strong against the Raptors as East Ridge fell to end the night.

"I was happy with how our wrestlers were able to wrestle tonight," said East Ridge head coach Matt Everson. "Minnetonka was a good win for us and we knew Stillwater was going to be tough."

Everson took the loss as a learning step for the Raptors. He hopes to see them continue to learn with each match so they are fully ready before the end of the season.

The other hope for Everson is the health of his wrestlers. On Thursday, some of the wrestlers for East Ridge had injuries and every wrestler had to go up one weight to compensate the absence.

"Once we are healthy, I think our team will look really good," Everson said. "Many of these wrestlers have stepped up when needed and they've done a great job with everything since the season started."

East Ridge will compete next week at Forest Lake on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 4:45 p.m.

Then, on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15, the Raptors will travel to Rochester Technical College as they compete in the Minnesota Christmas Tournament. The competition starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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