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Sports from the week of January 3, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Wrestlers win meet, capture five individual class titles

The Panther wrestling team won five individual championships as they captured the Maple River Tournament Championship at Mapleton Friday.

The team scores were 1- Tracy/Milroy/Balaton 181.5, 2- Madelia-Truman 166, 3- Martin County West 126, 4- United South Central 114, 5- Aldon-Conger 93, 6- Maple River 55 and 7-Buffalo Lake Hector 0.0.

The Panther's Aldon Struchen won the 140 pound championship and was selected the outstanding wrestler of the event. Mike Kamrud (135), Erik Kathman (145), Eric Jacobson (160) and Matt Freeburg (heavyweight) also were crowned champions in their weight divisions.

Team effort buries Jackson

Rebounding, defense, shooting all click

Tenacious rebounding, deadly free-throw shooting and a suffocating pressure-defense was an unstoppable combination for the Panther girls' basketball team Tuesday night.

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton improved their season record to 7-1, romping to a 61-41 win over Jackson County Central on the Huskies' home floor. The loss was Jackson's second of the season.

"We played pretty well," said coach Paul Soupir.

Soupir was pleased with the balanced Panther scoring. He noted that the team has had five different individual scoring leaders through its first eight games.

TMB boys come closer to first win

The Panther boys basketball team saw their season record drop to 0-8 with a loss to Lincoln HI at Tracy Tuesday night 68-62.

"We knew it would take a while to get our system installed but this is the first game that I have seen real intensity for the entire game from our boys and they were all very dejected after the game," said Panther Coach Jon Ruoff. "The kids are starting to get some faith in our offense now and that opens up many possibilities. The kids are also starting to play better as a team. Teams are coming in here and expecting a cake walk because of our record, but I can guarantee that they will have no cake walk."

The Panther B squad won their first game of the season against Lincoln HI by a score of 49-43.