Early season rankings led some to believe the opening match of the Big Nine Conference wrestling season between Owatonna and Northfield would determine the league title. But the Faribault Falcons had other ideas.

Entering Tuesday's final triangular of the conference schedule, Faribault is 8-0 in the official Big Nine standings and 18-1 overall. OHS is 7-1 (17-5). Tuesday's meet begins at 5:30 pm with Faribault against JM. Then the Huskies will face the Rockets, The main event will feature OHS and Faribault with radio and online coverage through AM 1390 KRFO and The Mighty 920 KDHL.

Huskies coach Adam Woitalla said Faribault has "a really well-coached team and a lot of great athletes. Just a lot of solid kids that don't make mistakes. And when you've got 14 kids that don't make a lot of mistakes, it's going to be tough to beat them and we've got to come ready to wrestle."

The No. 12 Huskies have had five or six wrestlers ranked all season. Currently five Owatonna wrestlers are ranked.

  • Cael Robb, so, third at 120
  • Kanin Hable, jr, fifth at 126
  • Jacob Reinardy, jr, tenth at 152
  • Landen Johnson, jr, first at 160
  • Kaden Nelson, sr, sixth at 170

Faribault, who is ranked as a team for the first time this season at No. 9, starts their lineup with four ranked wrestlers.

  • Bo Bokman, 8th grade, ninth at 106
  • JT Hausen, fr, tenth at 113
  • Elliott Viland, fr, eighth at 120
  • Tyler Boyd, sr, ninth at 126

A Faribault win will secure an outright conference title for the first time since 1994-95. If the Huskies win, a three-way tie for the league title will occur between OHS, Faribault and Northfield. The Raiders won the title last winter. Owatonna won the three titles before that.

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