The Gophers celebrate Ty VanSickel's pin during the title match with Kenyon-Wanamingo. The Gophers won and advance to state for the second year in a row.
The Gophers celebrate Ty VanSickel's pin during the title match with Kenyon-Wanamingo. The Gophers won and advance to state for the second year in a row.
As most wrestling fans know, dual meets come down to match-ups, and nothing was truer Saturday as the Chatfield Gophers defended their section championship and are headed to the "big dance" for the second year in a row.

The Gophers had no problems in their quarterfinal match against Wabasha-Kellogg, downing the Falcons 66-9, after jumping out to a 63-0 lead.

Saturday, Chatfield faced Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the semi-finals, winning by one point, 33-32, in a highly contested match.

Cody Bly (195 lbs.) put the Gophers ahead for good with a major decision and a three-point lead. Jacob Bleess, at 220 lbs., clinched the win, with another major decision, and a seven-point lead, 33-26, going into the heavyweight match.

Nothing was easy in the match against the Cougars. Chatfield had to earn every single point, even if there was a loss as losing on a decision, instead of a fall, or a technical fall loss, instead of a pin had a bearing on the point total. Every point counts, and nothing was more evident than that in the win over Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

Chatfield had a much easier time, score-wise, against No. 1 seed Kenyon-Wanamingo in the championship, winning by a convincing score of 41-14. The Gophers won 10 of 14 matches in the championship match, and claimed its second straight section team championship.

Who the Gophers wrestle won't be known until the coaches do the seedings. Here are the Class A section champions, with the latest Guillotine rankings in parenthesis: 1) Chatfield (#7), 2) Jackson County Central (#6), 3) Minneota (#4), 4) Sibley East (#11), 5) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (#2), 6) Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale (lean and mean), 7) Pierz (#9), and 8) Frazee (#3).

The coaches will seed five teams. The No. 4 seed will wrestle the No. 5 seed. Seeds one through three will get a random draw from the three teams that don't get seeded. Only a guess, but the Gophers could get Jackson County Central in the first round, but one guess is a good as any. The Gophers know they need to beat them all to win the championship, so the best advice is one match at a time.

The Section 1A individual wrestling tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday at Mayo Civic Center. Team, and individual, results at the state tournament will be reported on KFIL radio, starting at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 27.

Quarterfinal: Chatfield (Chat) defeated Wabasha-Kellogg (WK), 66-9.

106 - Treyc VanSickle (Chat) over Jamie Hewitt (WK), Fall 1:45.

113 - Jared Goldsmith (Chat) over Tangen Miller (WK), Fall 2:40.

120 - Ty VanSickle (Chat), forfeit.

126 - Jake Mandt (Chat) over Bradley Schmalzriedt (WK), Fall 1:44.

132 - Ryan Meeker (Chat), forfeit.

138 - Hank Friederichs (Chat), forfeit.

145 - AJ Riley (Chat), forfeit

152 - Harvey Friederichs (Chatf), forfeit

160 - Alex Haffner (Chat) over Bryton Miller (WK)

170 - Austin Dahl (Chat) over Collin Schmoker (WK), fall 1:54

182 - Cody Bly (Chat) over Dalon Miller (WK), fall, 0:35

195 - Paul Novak (WK) over Dalton Lundy (Chat), 6-3

220 - Jacob Bleess (Chat) over Eric Norgrant (WK), 4-2

285 - Mike Schively (WK) over Logan Karver (Chat), Fall 5:54

Semifinal: Chatfield defeated Zumbrota-Mazeppa (ZM), 33-32

106 - Hayden Stensland (ZM) over Treyc VanSickle (Chat), Fall 6:41, overtime; team score 0-6

113 - Jared Goldsmith (Chat) over Spencer Defrang (ZM), Fall 0:26; team score 6-6

120 - Joey Majerus (ZM) over Ty VanSickle (Chat), Fall 3:41; team score 6-12

126 - Jake Mandt (Chat) over Maverick Jackson (ZM), maj. dec. 12-4; team score 10-12

132 - Ryan Meeker (Chat) over Jacob Bennett (ZM), 3-0; team score 13-12

138 - Hank Friederichs (Chat) over Freedom Hunt (ZM), 10-4; team score 16-12

145 - AJ Riley (Chat) over Cody Heitman (ZM), overtime, 7-5; team score 19-12

152 - Harvey Friederichs (Chat)over Devin Manzy (ZM),Fall 1:07; team score 25-12

160 - Dillon Downes (ZM) over Alex Haffner (Chat), 13-11; team score 25-15

170 - Noah Prodzinski (ZM) over Austin Dahl (Chat), Fall 5:04; team score 25-21

182 - Hunter Prodzinski (ZM) over Ethan Wright (Chat) tech. fall, 15-0; team score 25-26

195 - Cody Bly (Chat) over Chase Steffen (ZM), maj. dec. 12-2; team score 29-26

220 - Jacob Bleess (Chat) over Seth Tupper (ZM), maj. dec., 16-2; team score 33-26

285 - Shane Bode (ZM) over Logan Karver (Chat), Fall 1:43; team score 33-32.

Championship match: Chatfield (C) defeated Kenyon-Wanamingo (KW), 41-14

106 - Ethan Cota (KW) over Treyc VanSickle (Chat), 8-4; team score 0-3

113 - Jared Goldsmith (Chat) over Bradley Kish (KW), 8-3; team score 3-3

120 - Ty VanSickle (Chat) over Jared Clawiter (KW), Fall 2:55; team score 9-3

126 - Jake Mandt (Chat) over Dylan Craig (KW), 3; team score12-3

132 - Ryan Meeker (Chat)over Ted Androli (KW), 3-1, overtime; team score15-3

138 - Hank Friederichs (Chat) over Jace Clawiter (KW), 2-0; team score18-3

145 - Trent Brossard (KW) over AJ Riley (Chat), 3-2; team score18-6

152 - Harvey Friederichs (Chat) over Kyle Munstermann (KW), Fall 2:49; team score 24-6

160 - Alex Haffner (Chat) over Mason Stevenson (KW), Fall 3:27; team score 30-6

170 - Luke Rechtzigel (KW) over Austin Dahl (Chat), 7-0; team score 30-9

182 - Drew Sathrum (KW) over Ethan Wright (Chat), tech. fall, 17-1; team score 30-14

195 - Cody Bly (Chat) over Bailey Paquin (KW), maj. dec.,12-0; team score 34-14

220 - Ian Morrison (Chat) over Austin Jackson (KW), 3-0; team score 37-14

285 - Jacob Bleess (Chat) over Seth Donkers (KW), maj. dec., 9-1; team score 41-14.