Aho, Giza shine at Big Bear InvitePublished 9:49am Monday, December 17, 2012
CASS LAKE — Fergus Falls’ Abbot Aho and Tyler Giza each claimed a crown in their respective weight classes Saturday as the Otters participated in the Big Bear Invitational.
Aho was able to capture the 113 lb. title defeating Bemidji’s Brian Maas 9-5. Aho’s journey to the title match saw him defeat Zach Waln of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale (Tech. fall, 3:00), Aitkin’s Kenny Hesse (Tech. fall, 2:00) and Logan Wadsworth of Hutchinson (Tech. fall, 3:52).
Giza was able to pick up a close 5-3 win over Jake Malone of United North Central in the finals. Giza was given a first round bye and followed that with a win over Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus’ Nathaniel Adkins (Major Dec., 13-2) and Mahnomen/Waubun’s Kole Lefebvre (Major Dec., 9-1) and a injury forfeit in the semi-finals.
The Otters also had two sixth place finishes from Dane Ringquist (152) and Gus Makovsky (182), while Abram Aho took seventh in the 195 lb. weight class.
The Otters finished the tournament in 10th place as a team.
Area schools New York Mills (ninth, 113) and West Central Area (35th, 16) also participated in the meet.
The Otters will take the rest of the year off as they gear up for the second half of their season in 2013 as they host their first home meet Jan. 3 at 6:15 p.m. against Brainerd.
“Big Bear” Invitational Results: Hutchinson 213.0, Willmar 164.5, Thief River Falls 151.5, Bemidji 148.0, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 147.0, United North Central 126.0, Barnesville 123.5, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 118.0, New York Mills 113.0, Fergus Falls 110.0, Big Lake 109.0, MAHACA 108.0, Crookston 97.0, Champlin Park 94.5, Detroit Lakes 92.5, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 80.0, Aitkin 78.0, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena/Indus 78.0, Mahnomen/Waubun 64.0, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis 63.5, Park Rapids Area 63.5, United Clay-Becker 60.0, Crosby-Ironton 54.0, Staples-Motley 53.0, Hibbing 52.0, Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway 45.0, Roseau 45.0, Fosston/Bagley 44.0, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 30.0, Deer River 27.0, West Marshall 24.0, Wadena-Deer Creek 22.0, Red Lake County Central 21.5, Robbinsdale Cooper 18.0, West Central Area 16.0