Benick defeats Rose in match between two of the nation’s best
In what was the most highly anticipated individual match of the high school wrestling season, Totino-Grace junior Lance Benick defeated Sibley East’s Nathan Rose 9-3 in the 195-pound final at the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Invitational Saturday. Benick went into the match at the No. 1-ranked 195-pound high school wrestler in the nation. Rose, a senior who has signed to wrestle at the University of Minnesota, is ranked No. 3 nationally. Both are two-time defending state champions and went into the match undefeated.
• BLAINE 5, CENTENNIAL 1: On the last day of the regular season, the Bengals clinched the Northwest Suburban Conference title with a commanding win over the Cougars. Amy Schlagel scored three times for the Bengals as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Schlagel finished with four points. Kiersten Falck had a goal and two assists for Blaine (No. 8, Class 2A).
• EDINA 1, HILL-MURRAY 1 (OT): Boomer Sonnek made 30 saves as the Hornets held on to tie the class 2A, No. 4 Pioneers in a nonconference showdown. Emily Eide scored in the second period to give the Hornets (class 2A, No. 7) the early lead, until Abigail Boreen tied the score in the third.
• BLAINE 3, CENTENNIAL 2 (OT): Easton Brodzinski put away the game-winning goal at 1:53 of overtime, giving the Bengals a Northwest Suburban Conference victory. Blaine took an early 1-0 lead in the first period before giving up two consecutive goals in the second period. Luke Noterman tied the score at 2-2 with less than three minutes to play in regulation for the Bengals. Collin Hughes and Ryner Gorowsky scored for the Cougars.
• MINNEOTA 89, MARANATHA 63: The Viking’s game plan was simple: Give the ball to Taylor Reiss. The 5-10 Minneota junior forward scored 30 points as Minneota (No. 1, Class 1A) upended No. 6, 1A Maranatha on the road. Emily Steinhessen also had a big day, scoring 25 points for the Vikings (17-0). Sisters Madison Lee and Lexi Lee had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Mustangs (12-4).
• MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST 70, ST. PAUL HIGHLAND PARK 59: Naja Woods became Southwest’s all-time leading scorer with 1,575 points after her game-high 25 against Highland Park. Woods surpassed Melissa Fitz’s record of 1,565 points. Samantha Ward added 15 points for the Lakers. Adriana Cardenas notched 23 points for the Scots, who trailed by 14 at the half.
• ORONO 57, DELANO 43: The Spartans used a 23-6 second-half run to upset the Class 3A, No. 9 Tigers. Cole Hennings had 21 points and eight assists to lead the charge for Orono. Sean Campbell had 15 points for the Tigers, who have dropped three of their past five games.
• MAYER LUTHERAN 88, SIBLEY EAST 77: Brody Rodning scored 30 points and surpassed 1,000 for his career, but it didn’t prevent the Wolverines from suffering their second Minnesota River Conference loss in a row. Chad Anenson had 17 points and Cole Buttenhoff had 16 for the Crusaders.