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Armstrong senior Jaylan Young grabs Park Center freshman Ismael Kante during the 138-pound match on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the first round of the 5AAA team section tournament at Park Center High School. Young won the match 5-2, and the Falcons won the dual 40-27.

No. 9 Robbinsdale Armstrong wrestling went 1-1 in the 5AAA team section tournament at Park Center and St. Michael-Albertville.

The Falcons opened the tournament with a 40-27 win at No. 8 Park Center on Thursday, Feb. 14, before falling 67-6 to top-ranked STMA on Friday, Feb. 15.

Armstrong 40, Park Center 27

Armstrong forfeited two matches and allowed two pins against the Pirates on Thursday but fought back with four pins and a 5-1 record in the other matches to win 40-27.

The Pirates started strong and took a 21-6 lead after five weight classes.

Armstrong freshman Aceyn Meyer pinned junior Tommy Lia Xiong in 3 minutes, 29 seconds at 106, but two forfeits put Park Center up 12-6.

Park Center junior Abel Vue followed with a 5-1 decision over senior Mark Smith at 126, and Park Center junior Zeph Yang pinned junior Zach Baca in 4:26 at 132.

But that is when Armstrong took over in the dual, finishing with eight wins in the final nine matches.

There were a few close decisions. Senior Jaylan Young defeated freshman Ismael Kante 5-2 at 138, and freshman Amauri Easley won a 15-12 decision over junior Jonathan Oyedokun at 145. Senior Logan Ehlenz added a 2-1 win over junior Gbolahan Oyetunde at 170.

Senior Ben Mennenga added a pin over junior Lucas Lee in 4:31 at 152, and senior Guiseppe Ue pinned junior Osiris Moor in 1:05 at 170. Senior Joe Jamison pinned freshman Adam Adeboye in 1:46 at heavyweight.

Junior Caleb Ley also added a 9-0 major decision over freshman Riley Johnson at 195, and junior James Ohm won a 7-2 decision over freshman Amarion Carter at 220.

STMA 67, Armstrong 6

Armstrong fell to top-seeded St. Michael-Albertville 67-6 in the quarterfinals.

Easley and Ehlenz earned the only wins. Easley defeated Jon Mlsna 6-3 at 145, and Ehlenz defeated Fletcher Nesbit 6-2 at 170.

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