The Chatfield Gophers made a 'rare' appearance in an individual

tournament last weekend, and still came out on top. Rochester Mayo took

second behind the Gophers in the Lake City Tournament. Five of the

wrestlers came out with first place medals; Cody Bly (170, 3-0), Harvey

Friederichs (138, 3-0), Alex Haffner (152, 3-0), A.J. Riley (132, 3-0) and

Justin Viss (195, 2-0). Chatfield also had three wrestlers taking 'silver':

Hank Friederichs (120, 2-1), Sam Fryer (220, 2-1) and Jared Goldsmith (106,

2-1). Ryan Meeker took third (145, 3-1) and sixth places to Jacob Bleess

(1-2), Austin Dahl (1-3), Ty Van Sickel (1-0) and Ethan Wright (1-3). Logan

Karver (0-2) did not place in the tournament.

Here are some tournament notes from Coach Joel Viss: "Chatfield won the

tournament with Rochester Mayo taking second. Jacob Bleess, and Logan

Karver were forced to drop out due to injury, and Ty Vansickle dropped out

after getting a pin in the first round, due to severe flu symptoms. All

three of these wrestlers contributed to the team win prior to dropping out.

Hank got his first loss of the season during a very good match vs Miles

Patton 4-6. Big wins for A.J. Riley, Harvey Friederichs, Alex Haffner,

against state ranked opponents. Cody Bly came back from a 0-5 deficit to pin

Sam Hinsch of Roch. Mayo. Sam Fryer made his first appearance in a

tournament finals after a great day and an upset in the semis. He lost to

Daniel Chavez of Saint Charles 0-9. Daniel is also a state ranked wrestler."

As a team, Chatfield is still ranked ninth in the state, Class A. The

Gophers have seven wrestlers ranked by "The Guillotine" magazine: Jared

Goldsmith (8th, 106), Hank Friederichs (2nd, 120), A.J. Riley (5th, 132),

Harvey Friederichs (2nd, 138), Alex Haffner (8th, 152), Cody Bly (9th, 170)

and Justin Viss (9th, 195).

Saturday the wrestling team will travel to the Janesville/

Waldorf/Pemberton Tournament.