In 3A at 132 pounds Ben Lunn of Shakopee took down Sam Fernholz of Sartell-St. Steophen en route to a win Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Photo: DAVID JOLES * firstname.lastname@example.org
Team needs superseded Ben Lunn’s goals Thursday, but the Shakopee senior is still on track to get his ultimate matchup.
Lunn was moved from his normal 132 pounds to 138 in Shakopee’s victory over Stillwater in the Class 3A team championship match, a move coach Jim Jackson did to maximize team matchups. Doing so meant that Lunn, a University of Minnesota recruit, wouldn’t get another chance to meet Stillwater’s Reid Ballantyne, a three-time state champion. Ballantyne had won the only match between the two this season, a tight 6-5 decision at the Christmas Tournament in December.
“Yeah, I’ve been wanting to see Ballantyne all season,” Lunn said. “Team always comes first and I’ll do anything for the team. It’s a little different for the individuals.”
Lunn and Ballantyne both cruised through their matches Friday.
“I still have a chance to [wrestle] him,” Lunn said.