The Big Lake wrestling team placed fifth of 15 teams at the Howard Lake Invitational Saturday. The Hornets had one individual champion, while seven other wrestlers placed in the top five spots in their weight class.
Nolan Reiter (26-2) took the title at 145 pounds. After a bye, he pinned Steve Heber of Howard Lake at 1:44. He followed with a pin of Brett DeRoo of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) at 1:38. Then he beat Evan Moscho of Rocori by major decision, 15-5 in the championship match.
Cash Stortz (22-8) took third at 120 pounds. After a bye, he pinned Mason Merritt of Mound-Westonka (MOWE) at 0:44. He lost to Xavier Jones of Annandale-Maple Lake (AML), 8-3. He beat Colby Twardowski of LPGE-Browerville by major decision, 8-0 in his final match.
Zach Smith (20-7) finished third at 152 pounds. He pinned Nathan Bitz of LPGE at 0:31. He pinned Tremayne Graham of MIED at 2:15. He lost by pin to Austin Klecker of BOLD, then beat Cole LaFave of AML, 10-9 in his final match.
Carson Gellerman (20-7) finished third at 170 pounds. He opened with a pin of Porter Matheson (unattached) at 1:09. He beat Nathan Soldner of Rocori, 9-3. After an 8-5 loss to Maximus Hanson of BBE, he beat Aaron Jones of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) by major decision, 9-0 in his final match.
Kane Lapointe (19-9) finished third at 285 pounds. He had a first-round bye before losing to Adam Klatt of AML, 9-8. But he pinned Harley Weber of BBE at 2:09 in his final match.
Dallas Sibbet (17-12) finished fourth at 132 pounds. He pinned Justin Houdek (unattached) at 5:15. He beat Taytan Nielsen of KMS, 16-9. He lost by pin to Jack Nelson of Mound-Westonka then lost a 10-4 decision to Connor Flan of LPGE in his final match.
Joe Murphy (12-6) took fifth at 145 pounds. After a bye, he lost to Evan Moscho of Rocori by tech fall. He came back to pin Nathan Browen (unattached) at 3:55. He pinned Cyrus Jones of Minneapolis Edison at 1:18 Then he pinned Mason Bruder of LPGE at 4:11 in his final match.
Trajan Mussehl (12-16) took fifth at 195 pounds. He started by pinning Devin Preble of BBE at 0:49. After a 6-0 loss to Masyn Olson of KMS, he pinned Luke Rodelius of MOWE at 1:41. He pinned Grayson Hepf of Spectrum at 2:15, then pinned Talen Kampsen of BBE at 0:58 in his final match.
Two days earlier, the Hornets beat Chisago Lakes, 55-24 and lost to Forset Lake 45-25 in a triangular meet at Chisago Lakes. In that meet, three Hornets won both of their matches: Cash Stortz, Nolan Reiter and Carson Gellerman.
The Hornets also competed in a quad meet a week earlier in Monticello and won both matches: 52-18 over Irondale and 80-0 over North Branch.
The Hornets hosted Becker in a dual meet Thursday. They wrestle at Hutchinson Tuesday, results next week.