[Willmar, MN]—Willmar won its annual home invitational in dominating fashion on Friday night. Willmar wrestlers went a staggering 38-6 on the night, including 30 pins. Willmar’s final score was 243, dominating second-place St. Cloud Tech (141.5).

Willmar had a solid one-two punch in the 113 and 120-pound brackets. Eighth-grader Braeden Erickson (113 pounds) won all four of his matches, including a thrilling 2-0 win over KMS’s Chase Magaard. The match was tied at 0 heading into the third period before Erickson got a takedown to win it. Sophomore Caden Carlson (120 pounds) was unstoppable, going 3-0 with 3 pins, only wrestling for 4:08 total on the day.

Willmar’s Jack Roehl (132 pounds) got more dominant as the night went on. He started off with a tech fall (15-0) over Cody Brott of St. Cloud Tech. Roehl won his second match by fall in 3:04 before winning the final in just 35 seconds over Aiden Orth of St. Cloud Tech.

Josh Miley went 3-0 to win the 138-pound bracket, including a win by fall in just 7 seconds over Quad County’s Javier Jackson.

Top-ranked Cael Carlson dominated the 152-pound bracket, going 4-0. He pinned in 3 matches and won by forfeit in his other match. Carlson racked up takedowns today, not pinning until well into the 2nd period in all of his matches.

Willmar continued to show its strength at the upper weights, taking first place in the four heaviest weights. Kaden Streed won the 182-pound bracket for the Cards. In the first place match against KMS’s Richard Jones, he won by tech fall (20-4). Lincoln Shinn won the 195-bracket, going 3-0 with 3 pins. Andrew Reigstad (220 pounds) went 4-0 with 4 pins. Heavyweight Charlie Farhat went 4-0 with 2 pins to win the 285-pound final.

Willmar’s next match is on Tuesday, December 11th when they head to Fergus Falls for a triangular with Fergus Falls and Alexandria.

Zach is a senior at Willmar High School interning for Lakeland Broadcasting. He was the starting soccer goalie for the Cards.