Mounds View wrestlers chasing SEC title

The Mounds View High School wrestling team is at home on Thursday, Jan. 21 for what might be the biggest dual meet the Mustangs have hosted in quite some time. Forest Lake pays a visit that night with a share of first place in the Suburban East Conference on the line.

Mounds View enters the match with a record of 5-1 in conference dual matches while Forest Lake in unbeaten at 7-0. The Rangers can wrap up the conference title outright with a victory while a Mustangs' win would mean a share of the championship for each team and possibly a third if Stillwater, which is 4-1, can win out.

Along with beating Forest Lake, Mounds View would also need to take care of Roseville in their dual on Jan. 29.

Mounds View owns conference victories over Woodbury, East Ridge, White Bear Lake, Park-Cottage Grove and Cretin-Derham Hall. Forest Lake has beaten every team in the SEC except Mounds View. Stilwater has victories over East Ridge, Mounds View, Cretin-Derham Hall, Park-Cottage Grove and its only loss came at the hands of Forest Lake.

The Mustangs stayed in contention for the SEC crown by beating Cretin-Derham Hall 56-11 on Jan. 14. The Mustangs recorded four pins, two major decisions, two decisions and also won three bouts via forfeit.

Picking up falls for Mounds View were Ayden McCloskey at 138 pounds, Jack Graham at 152, Rowan Morgan at 170 and Johnny Tereault at 220. Seth McDougall (8-1 at 145) and Daniel Van Oort (9-1 at 195) scored major decisions.

Mounds View didn't crack the top 12 in the Class AAA state rankings released on Jan. 15 but did receive some votes. The Mustangs had two individuals show up in the Jan. 15 rankings. Senior Tanner Day was ranked fourth at 132 pounds and freshman Nick Dunagan was fifth at 106 pounds.

The Forest Lake match is the only event on the schedule for Mounds View this week. Next week's schedule includes the Roseville match and the Robbinsdale Armstrong duals (Jan. 30). The Mustangs then close out the regular season with a non-conference home dual against Centennial on Feb. 4.

—Brian Meyers

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